Bovee and Thill Blog - Structured vs Free-Form Slide Designs

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Slides to accompany "Avoiding 'Death by PowerPoint' with Free-Form Slide Designs"

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  • A typical structured slide, with a list of short bullet points that attempt to convey essential ideas in the presentation.
  • Although these bullet point slides do display a lot of information, the lack of visual appeal is likely to dull audience senses before too long.
  • This slide effectively portrays the concept of retaining employees, but it obviously doesn’t convey the same depth of detail that Slide 1 offers. The presenter would need to orally list those same points or create additional slides to convey them.
  • Note how this slide conveys the “Listening without criticizing” bullet point from Slide 2.This slide is also a good example of why free-form designs often require many more slides to present the same body of information (because each slide tends to focus on a single idea, rather than a list of ideas in bullet form).
  • Bovee and Thill Blog - Structured vs Free-Form Slide Designs

    1. 1. Employee Retention<br />Responsive, engaged management<br />Salaries 5-10% above average<br />Comparable benefits packages<br />Clear, stable strategies<br />1<br />Copyright © 2010, Bovée and Thill LLC<br />
    2. 2. Responsive management<br />Listening without criticizing<br />Coaching without micromanaging<br />Anticipating problems<br />Removing obstacles to great work<br />Providing and maintaining systems <br />2<br />Copyright © 2010, Bovée and Thill LLC<br />
    3. 3. 3<br />Employee retention<br />Copyright © 2010, Bovée and Thill LLC<br />
    4. 4. 4<br />(open)<br />(closed)<br />Copyright © 2010, Bovée and Thill LLC<br />

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