Effective PowerPoint Presentations
How to avoid ‘Death by PowerPoint’
There are 300 million
PowerPoint users
in the world*
* estimate
They do 30 million
presentations
each day*
* estimate
About a million
presentations are
going on right now*
* estimate
50% of them are
unbearable*
* conservative estimate
LOTS of people
are killing each other
with bad presentations.
NOW.
They are all DEAD! Well, almost.
Why are they doing it?!
Research shows:
Bullets don’t kill people
People kill people
Unintentionally
Yet regularly
Mainly due to lack of...
Significance
Structure
Simplicity
Rehearsal
Significance
Why do you present?
To “pass on information”?
 Your teacher told you to?
 Or to make meaning?
What’s the subject and
why does it matter to you?
How presentations work...
1. Significance creates passion
2. Passion attracts attention
3. Attention leads to action
Are you passionate?
Check yourself!
This is
passion.
This is passion.
This is not.
Can’t find
the meaning?
Don’t present.
Structure
Q: What structure to use?
A: Any – as long as it is:
Convincing
Memorable
Stick to three main points
Give 3 reasons
supporting your point.
They will not remember
more anyway.
Simplicity
“Everything should be made as
simple as possible but not
simpler.”
Apparently, being simple
is not that simple.
I’ll give you some examples.
Hey, we’ve got a graph!
Goods and Services Tax (Australia)
 The GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a value added tax of 10% on most goods
and servic...
This one’s my favourite...
Fundamental problem?
PowerPoint helps to:
Visualize ideas
Create key points
Impress
People read faster than you
speak.
This means you are useless.
How much is an extra slide?
$0.00. Zero Dollars.
Break it into several. It’s free.
What’s the point?
One simple point?
Remove everything else.
Well, some are just
Simple design rules:
One point per slide
Few matching colours
Very few fonts
Photos, not clipart
Less text.
More imagery.
Wild imagery.
Inform with little text*
* yes you can
Rehearsal
It will never work completely
for the first time. Trust me.
No audience? Present to
the
furniture. But aloud. Try
it.
All this leads to...
Wow*
* great presentations
IT’S YOUR TURN ...
TASK:
 Create a 5 slide PowerPoint using
the tips you have learned today.
1. Choose from one of the three
subjects provided...
The Vampire Myth
The Life of William
Shakespeare
Facts about Smoking
2.Upload your PowerPoint to Slideshare.com
3. Use the embed code and share your presentation
with the Year 10 Fab Fortnigh...
A couple of PowerPoint rules ...
1. Consistent layout and
graphics
2. Less than 15 words per
slide
3. Use pictures (not clip-art) as
visual cues.
Don’t steal images – use:
http://search.creativecommons.org
4. Consistent use of transitions and
‘custom animations’
(No fly-in and out, checkerboards etc)
And remember ...
Less is more...
Source:
Alexei Kapterev ‘Death by PowerPoint’
(http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint)
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  1. 1. Effective PowerPoint Presentations How to avoid ‘Death by PowerPoint’
  2. 2. There are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world* * estimate
  3. 3. They do 30 million presentations each day* * estimate
  4. 4. About a million presentations are going on right now* * estimate
  5. 5. 50% of them are unbearable* * conservative estimate
  6. 6. LOTS of people are killing each other with bad presentations. NOW.
  7. 7. They are all DEAD! Well, almost.
  8. 8. Why are they doing it?!
  9. 9. Research shows: Bullets don’t kill people People kill people Unintentionally Yet regularly
  10. 10. Mainly due to lack of... Significance Structure Simplicity Rehearsal
  11. 11. Significance
  12. 12. Why do you present? To “pass on information”?  Your teacher told you to?  Or to make meaning?
  13. 13. What’s the subject and why does it matter to you?
  14. 14. How presentations work... 1. Significance creates passion 2. Passion attracts attention 3. Attention leads to action
  15. 15. Are you passionate? Check yourself!
  16. 16. This is passion.
  17. 17. This is passion.
  18. 18. This is not.
  19. 19. Can’t find the meaning? Don’t present.
  20. 20. Structure
  21. 21. Q: What structure to use? A: Any – as long as it is: Convincing Memorable
  22. 22. Stick to three main points
  23. 23. Give 3 reasons supporting your point. They will not remember more anyway.
  24. 24. Simplicity
  25. 25. “Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.”
  26. 26. Apparently, being simple is not that simple. I’ll give you some examples.
  27. 27. Hey, we’ve got a graph!
  28. 28. Goods and Services Tax (Australia)  The GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a value added tax of 10% on most goods and services transactions in Australia.  It was introduced by the Howard Government on 1 July 2000, replacing the previous Federal wholesale sales tax system and designed to phase out a number of various State and Territory Government taxes, duties and levies such as banking taxes and stamp duty.  The idea for a broad-based consumption tax was first proposed by then federal treasurer Paul Keating at the 1985 Tax Summit but was dropped at the behest of then Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke after pressure from the ACTU, welfare groups and business, which did not like its association with proposals for capital gains and fringe benefits taxes.  1990s  The idea was refloated in 1991 by the opposition Liberal-National Coalition, and was the centrepiece of the opposition's Fightback, platform at the 1993 election, when Keating was Prime Minister. The opposition had difficulty explaining the policy, as illustrated in leader John Hewson's Birthday Cake Interview, and Keating's campaign exploited public distrust of the GST. The GST was seen as the main reason for the opposition's surprise election loss of the 'unloseable election' in 1993.  John Howard was re-elected leader of the Liberal party in 1995, and pledged to "never, ever" introduce the GST.[1] Howard led the Liberal-National Coalition to a large victory in the 1996 elections. Wow! We’ve got information!
  29. 29. This one’s my favourite...
  30. 30. Fundamental problem?
  31. 31. PowerPoint helps to: Visualize ideas Create key points Impress
  32. 32. People read faster than you speak. This means you are useless.
  33. 33. How much is an extra slide? $0.00. Zero Dollars. Break it into several. It’s free.
  34. 34. What’s the point? One simple point? Remove everything else.
  35. 35. Well, some are just
  36. 36. Simple design rules: One point per slide Few matching colours Very few fonts Photos, not clipart
  37. 37. Less text. More imagery. Wild imagery.
  38. 38. Inform with little text* * yes you can
  39. 39. Rehearsal
  40. 40. It will never work completely for the first time. Trust me.
  41. 41. No audience? Present to the furniture. But aloud. Try it.
  42. 42. All this leads to...
  43. 43. Wow* * great presentations
  44. 44. IT’S YOUR TURN ...
  45. 45. TASK:  Create a 5 slide PowerPoint using the tips you have learned today.
  46. 46. 1. Choose from one of the three subjects provided...
  47. 47. The Vampire Myth
  48. 48. The Life of William Shakespeare
  49. 49. Facts about Smoking
  50. 50. 2.Upload your PowerPoint to Slideshare.com 3. Use the embed code and share your presentation with the Year 10 Fab Fortnight edmodo group. (Our code is: owfgcn) NOTE: If you create a prezi, just publish and copy embed code into the ‘link’ address in edmodo.
  51. 51. A couple of PowerPoint rules ...
  52. 52. 1. Consistent layout and graphics
  53. 53. 2. Less than 15 words per slide
  54. 54. 3. Use pictures (not clip-art) as visual cues. Don’t steal images – use: http://search.creativecommons.org
  55. 55. 4. Consistent use of transitions and ‘custom animations’ (No fly-in and out, checkerboards etc)
  56. 56. And remember ...
  57. 57. Less is more...
  58. 58. Source: Alexei Kapterev ‘Death by PowerPoint’ (http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint)
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