9 ways to kill a Slide Presentation


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9 ways to kill a Slide Presentation

  1. 1. 9 Ways to Kill a Slide Presentation by Brian Rowe  April 22nd 2009  
  2. 2. # 1 Use a title and bullets for all slides <ul><ul><li>This is boring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>boring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>boring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>boring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>boring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>boring </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. # 2 Read Your Slides Directly <ul><ul><li>Slides are speaking notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are not visual aids that should add to your speech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are there for you to use as a crutch because you did not prepare for the talk well </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. # 3 use a cute font <ul><ul><li>no one can read it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>it is distracting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and it is not cute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PS Google docs does not come with a cute handwriting font so i will need to redo this slide in open office </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. # 4 Turn Around & Talk to the Slides <ul><ul><li>Everyone like looking at your ass  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No one wanted to hear what you were saying anyway  </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. # 5 Use lots of Text <ul><ul><li>The more words you fit on a slide the worse the presentation become fitting ten or twenty words is not enough to make people really annoyed.  To effectively loss an audience you need at least a one hundred words.  While you are at it you can spell out all numbers in long form making them tougher to read at a glance. You might even want to consider using rambling sentences that just do not end, and keep going on and on with commas, or even semicolons; this will not only cure insomnia but will guarantee that you are never asked to speak in public again.  If you are giving a legal talk make sure to add all your source cites to the body of the sides ensuring that readers are lost.  See Contra (Luther R. Campbell aka Luke Skyywalker, et al., Petitioners v. Acuff-Rose Music, Incorporate 510 U.S. 569,  114 S. Ct. 1164; 127 L. Ed. 2d 500  </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. # 6 use a really small font <ul><ul><li>See slide 5 this will let you put more words on the slide and decrease readability exponentially </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. # 7 Fonts Should Blend In to the Background <ul><ul><li>This not only decreases visibility but also increases eye strain </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. # 8 No Images <ul><ul><li>Images might add meaning to your rambling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images might make the visual medium useful </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Photos from: No photos where used in this presentations :( it makes me cry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations is under a CC-BY License  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by Brian Rowe </li></ul></ul>Credit