Bullet points can kill your presentation.

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"The term “bullet-point” comes from people firing guns at annoying presenters." - Don McMillan …

"The term “bullet-point” comes from people firing guns at annoying presenters." - Don McMillan

Bullet points can kill great content. If your presentations fall into the bullet point trap, use this tutorial to transform your current work into something amazing. It's easier than you think.

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  • Great examples of transforming bullet point slides into something truly visual and eye-catching - great work! @jmtcz
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  • Excellent presentation, Al!

    Another point for presenters to remember is the 'B' Button.
    http://www.nosweatpublicspeaking.com/powerpoint-presentationsdont-forget-the-b-button/

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  • Thanks for the comments Sharon! It's tough to get people to try new methods. I think teachers could use PowerPoint presentations in class much more if they followed a more simplified and visual approach. I've redone some academic slides before and it makes a world of difference in how you can reach students.
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  • Excellent advice! Maybe some presenters haven't learned these design principles before, but I suspect many have learned them but still choose to ignore them.

    I suspect the reason so many people continue to use the templates and depend on type to deliver their message is that it takes a great deal of time and energy to create a visually appealing slide show such as the one you have produced here. I assume you spent hours creating this, because whenever I have created a slide show following these principles, I can easily spend hundreds of hours searching for just the right images, positioning them, choosing complementary fonts and formatting them onto a well-designed slide. Is it worth it? Absolutely! However, if my message is mediocre, it's not worth the creativity energy. That's the true tipping point.

    A presenter needs to decide whether his or her message is worth delivering. If it is an important message, it deserves the time and energy that focuses on presentation for sensory stimulation rather than simply displaying cold intellectual facts.

    Presenters, if your slide show is dominated by lines of type crammed on a slide, please just give the audience a paper handout. If you don't know how to design visually appealing slides, create a regular powerpoint 'your way' and ask a designer to revise it for you, and learn from the changes.
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  • Not because presenters lack creativity or intelligence, but because they have formed bad habits,
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