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Presentation Clichés

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If you're selecting visuals for your presentation, make sure you don't choose tired, old and over-used images. Take the time to find fresh, powerful images. …

If you're selecting visuals for your presentation, make sure you don't choose tired, old and over-used images. Take the time to find fresh, powerful images.

This best practices presentation provides a list of examples and tips to help you avoid visual clichés in your presentation.

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  • 1. Pr es en ta n! tio ! C li ch és How to avoid presentation embarrassments.
  • 2. BusinessC l ic h és are plentiful
  • 3. Thinking Outside the boxturn-key solution Win-Win Paradigm No Brainer Core CompetenciesC li c hé s low hanging fruitBottom Line Get all our ducks in a rowValue Added Giving 110%Push theenvelope Anything 2.0
  • 4. Your presentation can fallinto the same cliché trap by making the wrong stock photo choice.
  • 5. If you don’t want your presentation to lay an egg, avoid thefollowing image clichés.
  • 6. Can you guess what the number one cliché image is? 1   #  
  • 7. The winner is... The most over-used presentation image.As tired as the terms “partnership, win-win and teamwork.”
  • 8. This one is a close second to the handshake.
  • 9. Eyyy! Thumbs up, thumbs down, high fives, fistbumps… they’re all thesame. If you want to be cool like “The Fonz,” keep using this one.
  • 10. Also in thethumbs-up family.
  • 11. If you have to use “team” in your presentation, avoid images like this.
  • 12. “You complete me.” But if you use this slide,you won’t impress anyone.
  • 13. They even haveimages for “Thinking outside the box.” A double whammy business cliché.
  • 14. Using Stop Signs
  • 15. Is he watching football or practicing virtual Yoga?
  • 16. I used to like thisimage. I even put in a “yelling” sound effect. Now I see it everywhere.
  • 17. Unless your message is spiritual,leave out the ripples and waterfalls
  • 18. If you use an image like this, make sure youalso play “Kumbaya” or “We are the World.”
  • 19. This image is timeless.Meaning it’s been used for 15+ years. Find something else.
  • 20. There are hundreds of stock images of stick-people to choose from. Which only means they are over- used by others. Avoid using them if you can. .
  • 21. Avoid taking screen shots of other people’s graphsand charts. Especially ifthey’re grainy and blurry.Take a few more minutes and build your own.
  • 22. An over-used image for “new ideas.” Just create a slide for your new ideaand leave it at that.
  • 23. The long road ahead... Don’t take it.
  • 24. Do you know anyone thatstill uses a stylus pen with their phone? If you’re going to use a technology image, make sure it’s current.
  • 25. I retired this one last year. Using a target image is an obvious choice. Everyone knows what it means. Be creative and use some imagination.
  • 26. If this image ever had any value for communicating “winning the race,” CharlieSheen blew it up with his over- use of the term “winning.”
  • 27. If you DON’T want your audience to see you as a new, inexperienced PowerPoint designer, then go easy on the transitions, flips and fly-ins.
  • 28. Clip Art + + =You’re old and still use an E-XATO knife
  • 29. Can you say “Old School” or “Tacky?” Bu rsts     Banners
  • 30. I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clutter.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clut.I will not fill my presentation slides full of clu.I will not fill my presentation slides full of cluI will not fill my presentation slides full of clut I will not fill my presentation slides full of clut I will not fill my presentation slides full of clut
  • 31. When in doubt, leave it out.
  • 32. Do you have any cliché image nominees?Add yours to the list by posting a comment.
  • 33. Thank You Al  Bonner   785-­‐856-­‐0421  al.bonner@presenta9ontransforma9ons.com