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  1. 1. Y ouSu ck atP ow !erPo i nt M istakes esign void cking dd to a5 sho ou nee y
  2. 2. People working in non-profits,government, schools and cubicles allaround the world hate PowerPoint,
  3. 3. but it’s not PowerPointthat sucks.
  4. 4. but it’s not PowerPointthat sucks.It’s the speaker (you)who is responsible forusing it effectively.
  5. 5. Your slides are there tosupport you and unfortunatelyif they suck, so do you.
  6. 6. There are endless books written onthe topic by some very smart people.But there are lots of ways of designing agreat looking presentation, and definitelymore than one opinion.Ultimately one of my favourite ways tolearn is from other people’s mistakes.So here are...
  7. 7. 5 shocking design mistakes you need to avoid
  8. 8. too much infomISTAKE #1
  9. 9. If you’re going to put word for word whatyou’re are going to say, hand over theslides and sit down buddy. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
  10. 10. Putting all your pointson one slide sucks.The more your audience has to readthe less they are listening to you.
  11. 11. A good trick is to keep relevantpoints on the same slide.This helps you with timing andensures people don’t skip ahead. POINT 1 POINT 2 POINT 3 SUBPOINT SUBPOINT
  12. 12. Effective communication isknowing what to cut out.Be a merciless editor andkeep it relevant.
  13. 13. While you’re at it...Get rid of your logo on every slide.Once or twice is ok.30 times? That sucks. Weʼre So Big Helping us grow! International
  14. 14. notenoughvisuals mISTAKE #2
  15. 15. take the time tofind the right visuals.There are endless sources of images onthe web, which take you seconds to find.
  16. 16. iStockPhoto.com:best for royalty free images ($$$)Flickr.com:best for Creative Commons images (free-ish*) If you’re going to use standard Microsoft clipart you suck. *with conditions
  17. 17. But whichever visuals you usejust remember to...
  18. 18. Design for this guy.If it’s unreadable, don’t use it.
  19. 19. horrible qualitymISTAKE #3
  20. 20. Pixelation sucks.
  21. 21. Use high-quality imagesat their right sizes.
  22. 22. With a bit of diggingaround it’s easy tofind high-resolutionmedia.
  23. 23. As for fonts, these are not your only option. TahomaMicrosoft Sans Serif Arial Verdana Courier New Times New Roman Trebuchet MSLucida Console Comic Sans MS
  24. 24. Google ‘beautiful fonts’ and you’ll find handpicked fonts by some of the best designers.
  25. 25. Here’s an example of a freefont that looks, um, delicious.
  26. 26. ALL-OVER-THE-PLACE mISTAKE #4
  27. 27. Be mindful of things like spacing,white space and alignment. POINT 1 POINT 2
  28. 28. Having a consistent use of colors,images & alignment gives acohesive look to your presentation.It also helps to separate yourpresentation into sections.
  29. 29. Paying a small fee on iStockphoto gives you a nicecollection of images that belong together.
  30. 30. Always stick to a color scheme.For this presentation I tookinspiration from this magazine.
  31. 31. and the most common mistake...
  32. 32. lack of prepmISTAKE #5
  33. 33. Most presentations suck because notenough time went into making them.You need to gather and organize your content, createbeautiful looking slides and rehearse,rehearse, rehearse.... and not the night before.
  34. 34. tools I use to prep:Phone to capture Post-it® notes or paperrandom ideas when to layout in the office.I’m out of the office.Planning usually starts 2 weeks before.
  35. 35. Top executives say:Communicating with clarity directly impacts their career and income. 86% Source: www.distinction-services.com
  36. 36. Top executives say:Communicating with clarity directly impacts their career and income. 86% Yet only 25%Spend more than 2 hours on ‘high-stakes’ presentations Source: www.distinction-services.com
  37. 37. most experts say:An outstanding 1-hour presentation takes30 hours or more of prep time.
  38. 38. most experts say:An outstanding 1-hour presentation takes30 hours or more of prep time.Shocking I know.
  39. 39. It’s all worth it.Giving a ‘high-stakes’ presentation isyour moment to shine, to influence andto spread ideas.How much is that worth to you?
  40. 40. If you’re uploading to slideshare a beautifullydesigned and well planned presentationmeans the difference between 10 views and100,000 views.
  41. 41. If you’re uploading to slideshare a beautifullydesigned and well planned presentationmeans the difference between 10 views and100,000 views. Putting in the time works.
  42. 42. Design, don’t just slapsomething together.
  43. 43. Design, don’t just slapsomething together.If your presentation sucks,don’t blame PowerPoint.
  44. 44. RECAP:MISTAKESTO AVOID Too much NOT ENOUGH info VISUALShorrible ALL-OVER- LACK OFQUALITY THE-PLACE PREP
  45. 45. For a more practical guide + more resources on creating great presentations check out:
  46. 46. buy The app that doesn’t suck! Includes 3 awesome presentations click hereto download
  47. 47. I promise to neverdesign a presentationthat sucks ever again (you sign here)
  48. 48. @jessedeeslideshare.net/jessedee
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