The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Avoiding Death by PowerPoint


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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

  1. 1. When preparing for your PowerPoint presentation to do you feel like Steve Jobs? “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” -Steve Jobs From Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs
  2. 2. !!! But then the unthinkable happens…
  3. 3. What happened to your inspiring presentation? Possible diagnosis… • Audience was tired • Audience was too immature to understand your awesomeness • Audience was simultaneously hypnotized • Audience drank the Kool-Aid… In reality… None of the above. You just really suck at PowerPoint!
  4. 4.  This isn’t the end though…
  5. 5. You can still save your presentation with these three tips.
  6. 6. 1 The Good: Tell A Story
  7. 7. Nancy Duarte, a well known writer and presentation guru, found that “the most effective presenters use the same techniques as great story tellers.”
  8. 8. “By reminding people of the status quo and then revealing the path to a better way, they set up a conflict that needs to be resolved. That tension helps them persuade the audience to adopt a new mindset or behave differently — to move from what is to what could be. And by following Aristotle’s three-part story structure (beginning, middle, end), they create a message that’s easy to digest, remember, and retell.” –Nancy Duarte
  9. 9. Grab their attention by showing you know where they’re at in life, or the situation. Life as we know it What life could be Then knock them out of their complacency by introducing your vision or point of what could be
  10. 10. Now that you have their attention keep developing the contrast between what is and what could be. 2. Develop the Middle
  11. 11. The Bad: TMI: Too Much Information 2
  12. 12. YOU’RE NOT GIVING A DOCUMENT. YOU’RE GIVING A PRESENTATION If your audience is reading what you’re saying, then what’s the point of you being there?
  13. 13. A good trick is to keep it to one main point per slide.
  15. 15. The Ugly: Visual Vomit 3
  16. 16. Whitespace is a good thing
  17. 17. Pay ATTENTION to your spacing and alignment.
  18. 18. Always keep things neat and tidy.
  19. 19. Having a consistent use of color, images, and alignment gives a cohesive look to your presentation. It also helps to separate your presentation into recognizable sections.
  20. 20. One more thing Always stick to a color theme.
  21. 21. Now just to reiterate The Good: Tell a Story The Bad: Too Much Information The Ugly: Visual Vomit
  22. 22. Incorporate these tips and you avoid death by PowerPoint!
  23. 23. Now create a PowerPoint presentation that doesn’t suck. Go knock it outta the park!
  24. 24. Thanks for reading this presentation Website references: • Pictures from: • • • • Info from: • Nancy Duarte • “Structure your presentation like a story”, HBR blog, 2012 • Jesse Desjardins • “Steal this Presentation”,, 2010
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