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  • 1. PowerPoint Tips for Professionals or: How I Learned to Stop Using Templates and Love Power PointPresented by: C. Todd Smith
  • 2. Death by PowerPoint
  • 3. Sound familiar?“PowerPoint hell” is the tedium somepeople report on sitting throughPowerPoint visual presentations thatare too long and complex, makingexcessive use of the software’sfeatures and when the presenter justreads from the slides. Source: Wikipedia
  • 4. Thingsto avoid
  • 5. Beware of the template trap
  • 7. Memberships andAffiliations Admitted to The Florida Bar 1994 United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers American Trial Lawyer Association Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association Orange County Bar Association Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer, Orlando Legal Aid Society
  • 8. Cutting and Pasting Trap On June 24, 2010, Plaintiff, JANE DOE, was the operator of a motor vehicle in Seminole County, Florida that was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by John Smith, who was at fault for the motor vehicle accident. At all material times, including June 24, 2010, John Smith was insured by United Services Automobile Association, who tendered the limits of his bodily injury liability coverage on or about March 17, 2011. SOUTHERN-OWNERS insured Plaintiff under a motor vehicle liability insurance policy, including underinsured and/or uninsured motorist coverage.
  • 10. (If you were watching this in Power Point you would love this awesome looking, but totally useless, transition effect.)THE “SHRED”EFFECT
  • 11. (If you were watching this in Power Point you would love this even more awesome looking, but totally useless, transition effect.)THE “CHECKERBOARD”EFFECT
  • 12. (You get it, right? If you were watching this in Power Point, this effect would blow your mind.)THE “HONEYCOMB”EFFECT
  • 13. Wrong Font andToo much Text “The majority of the presentations that I see have text in a ten point font. As much text as possible is jammed into the slide, and then the presenter reads it. However, as soon as the audience figures out that you’re reading the text, it reads ahead of you because it can read faster than you can speak. The result is that you and the audience are out of synch. The reason people use a small font is twofold: first, that they don’t know their material well enough; second, they think that more text is more convincing. Total bozosity. Force yourself to use no font smaller than thirty points. I guarantee it will make your presentations better because it requires you to find the most salient points and to know how to explain them well. If “thirty points,” is too dogmatic, the I offer you an algorithm: find out the age of the oldest person in your audience and divide it by two. That’s your optimal font size.” - Guy Kawasaki Read more: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2005/12/the_102030_rule.html#ixzz1dKyrGkCe
  • 15. Telling the story
  • 16. Start with WhyPeople aren’t interested inwhat you do, they’reinterested in why you do it. -Simon Sinek
  • 17. TELLING the STORY:Act I begins a story by setting up all of the key storyelements, including the setting, the main character, aconflict, and the desired outcome.Act II drives the story forward by picking up on theconflict in Act I and developing it through the actions andreactions of the main character in response to changingconditions.Act III ends the story by framing a climax and a decisionthat the main character must face to resolve thesituation. Source: Cliff Atkinson, Sociable Media
  • 18. Use visuals
  • 19. 5:45 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. • Mother leaves for • Employees arrive • Child is is dropped work at Daycare off by his father and signed in.9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. • Diaper changed • Employee A reported to • Employee A claims according to diaper be the primary caregiver she woke the baby chart of child but she later says to clean him and • Employee takes out Employee B was the discovers burn trash primary caregiver that injuries morning.9:58 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 10:40 a.m. • Daycare calls • Father arrives at • 911 finally called Mother and she daycare, calls and OCFD Rescue calls her father. Mother, and insists dispatched at that 911 be called. 10:41
  • 20. Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Rule10 slides 1020 minutes30 point font (30, 20, ) 10 Click for Guys Blog Post
  • 21. www.prezi.com
  • 22. TECH
  • 23. Get to know the ribbonin Office 2010
  • 24. Office.com
  • 25. AlwaysBePrepared
  • 26. Tohandoutor nottohandout?
  • 27. Don’t be boring.
  • 28. Shortcuts:http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/powerpoint-help/keyboard-shortcuts-for-use-while-creating-a-presentation-in-powerpoint-2010-HP010336519.aspxDeath by PowerPoint:http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/biztools/article.php/684871/Death-By-Powerpoint.htmReally bad PowerPoint – Seth Godinhttp://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/01/really_bad_powe.htmlTips:http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/powerpoint_tips.htmlhttp://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/Portability – Office web apps:http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps?WT.mc_id=PPT_WebApp
  • 29. C. Todd Smithwww.ctoddsmith.comDownload this presentation at: Slideshare.net/ctoddsmith