Rethinking PowerPoint Design

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Rethinking PowerPoint Design

  1. 1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. 2. Gettysburg Cemetery Dedication Abraham Lincoln11/19/1863 home back next
  3. 3. Agenda  Met on battlefield (great)  Dedicate portion of field - fitting!  Unfinished work (great tasks)11/19/1863 home back next
  4. 4. Not on Agenda!  Dedicate  Consecrate  Hallow (in narrow sense)  Add or detract  Note or remember what we say11/19/1863 home back next
  5. 5. Review of Key Objectives & Critical Success Factors  What makes nation unique – Conceived in Liberty – Men are equal  Shared vision – New birth of freedom – Gov’t of/for/by the people11/19/1863 home back next
  6. 6. Organizational Overview 1 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 New Nations 0.3 0.211/19/1863 0.1 0 -87 Now Years home back next
  7. 7. Summary  New nation  Civil war  Dedicate field  Dedicated to unfinished work  New birth of freedom11/19/1863  Government not perish home back next
  8. 8. PowerPoint Run Amok
  9. 9. Battling Bullets
  10. 10. What is your reaction to this format?
  11. 11. The standard format is mentally exhausting!
  12. 12. Visuals, with limited text, are easier to process
  13. 13. Limit use of bullets to actual lists• Your agenda items• A summary• A short list of important details
  14. 14. What should we use instead of bullets?
  15. 15. What should we use instead of bullets? The Assertion – Evidence Model
  16. 16. The assertion-evidence model leads to increased recall
  17. 17. How could we fix this slide?
  18. 18. Visual evidence will keep your audience engaged
  19. 19. What do the slides highlight as important?
  20. 20. Presentation Zen
  21. 21. Presentation Zen ExamplesSeth Godin on Making a DifferenceGarr Reynold on Being Like Bamboo
  22. 22. Graphical “Outlining”
  23. 23. Lessig Style
  24. 24. Lawrence Lessig•Fast transitions, many slides•Single word or short phrase•Text can: •Mirror •Augment •Contradict Lessigs Talk on Free Culture and Copright
  25. 25. Non-PowerPoint Options
  26. 26. There are more options than PowerPointPrezi Kinetic, Topological Presentations – Storytelling Techniques Explained – Ron Gutman Explores Little-Known Benefits of SmilingConsider using a screen-capture utility to make a video of non-local softwareHans Rosling Makes Stats Interesting
  27. 27. Sources• Gettysburg Address Spoof from norvig.com• Afghanistan Stability from New York Times• Assertion-Evidence examples from Michael Alley at engr.psu.edu• Lessig image from fastcompany.com• All other images from presentationzen.com• Laurence Lessig talk available at http://randomfoo.net/oscon/2002/lessig/free.html• Title font is WolfredNelson available at fontspace.com – Want to use a cool font in your PowerPoint? Be sure to embed the font when you save it. Go to Save As… |Tools |Save Options to embed the fonts. (Won’t work if there are licensing restrictions (rare); it’ll tell you if there’s a problem.)

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