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You Suck At PowerPoint! by @jessedee



It's not the program that sucks, it's you.

It's not the program that sucks, it's you.



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  • Thank you for reminding me of some of my weaknesses and allowing me to re-focus my thoughts and energies. I stray and sometimes think my creativity is brilliant, when really it is cluttered and disorganized...but I was disappointed that you didn't mention those slides that have 'moving' items/icons - now those suck! Thanks again!
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  • I desperately need to improve my powerpoint skills..
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  • thanks for sharing this, i learned a lot. :)
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  • We're in the process of creating some new SlideShares for our company, and this one was prominently featured as a good list of how to/how not to. Thanks for making such a great resource.
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You Suck At PowerPoint! by @jessedee Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Y ouSu ck atP er ow !P oint Mi stakes esign void cking dd to a5 sho ou nee y
  • 2. Approximately 350 PowerPoint presentations are given every second around the world... !@#$% &#$*! #$%^&@#$% @#&^$*$@# !@#&^
  • 3. and approximately99% suck.
  • 4. and approximately99% suck.But it’s notPowerPointwhich sucks.
  • 5. It’s the speaker(you) who needsto use it properly.
  • 6. Your slidesare an aidand nota crutch.
  • 7. Unfortunatelyif they suck,so do you.
  • 8. Let’s learn good presentation designfrom other people’s mistakes with...
  • 11. Don’t vomit every piece ofinformation on your slides.
  • 12. If you’re going to put word for word whatyou’re are going to say, hand over the slidesand take a seat instead. 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
  • 13. YOU’RE NOT GIVING A DOCUMENT, YOU’RE GIVING A PRESENTATION.If your audience is reading what you’re saying, then what’s the point of you being there?
  • 14. A good trick is tokeep onemain pointper slide.This helps you withtiming and preventsyour audience fromskipping ahead. POINT POINT POINT POINT POINT POINT ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX
  • 15. Keep itrelevant.Effective communication Less slidesis knowing what to cut out, means moreso be a merciless editor. time for interaction. POINT POINT POINT ONE X THREE X X SIX
  • 16. iiwejfwjoiwijfoppfoqp020r97234u823492492asdskweoifweiojwioe Don’t over do it with senseless data.qjepoqiepour9349i12942385734982pqieqjfowiehjpwhfpiwjef[weif[w
  • 17. Do the hard workfor your audience andturn that data intosomething which ismeaningful.
  • 19. Deliver a bigger punchwith strong visuals.
  • 20. There are endlesssources of visuals youcan use to bring yourpresentation to life.
  • 21. A good place to start is: iStockPhoto.com: Compfight.com: Royalty free Creative Commons ($$$) (free-ish*) If you’re going to use standard Microsoft clipart there’s no hope for you, sorry. *with conditions
  • 22. You don’t have to use cheesy stock photos.
  • 23. You don’t have to use cheesy stock photos.Seriously, is it that much fun to work in a call center?
  • 24. You don’t have to use cheesy stock photos.Seriously, is it that much fun to work in a call center?Whichever visuals you use just remember to...
  • 25. Design for this guy.
  • 26. Design for this guy. If it’s unreadable, don’t use it.
  • 28. Don’t bore youraudience withchildish visuals.Invest time inlearning greatdesign.
  • 29. There are two shortcuts to great design
  • 30. Buy it:Good design costs money.Invest in professionalimages and typeface.A little $$$ can give yousignificant advantage.
  • 31. Steal it:You can reverse engineeralmost any good design.Take apart your favoritepresentations, infographics,websites and figure out howit’s done and remix it intosomething new. EverythingIsARemix.info is a great place to start to learn how to steal great design
  • 32. a quick tip on typeface:DON’T USE$!*#& FONTS!
  • 33. TahomaMicrosoft Sans SerifArialVerdanaCourier NewTimes New RomanTrebuchet MSLucida ConsoleComic Sans MS...are $!*#& fonts
  • 34. Google ‘beautiful fonts’and you’ll find plenty of handpicked fontsby some of the best designers.
  • 35. Here’s anexample of a freefont that looks,um, delicious.
  • 36. While 95% of your colleagues use PowerPoint,it doesn’t need to be your only option.For 22 years PowerPoint has been the standardfor delivering presentation.But not anymore.Experiment with different presentations toolsand see which one produces the best results
  • 37. MISTAKE 4visualvomit
  • 38. Whitespace is a good thing.
  • 39. Be mindfulspacing andalignment...
  • 40. and keep everythingnice and tidy. POINT 1
  • 41. Having a consistent use of colors,images & alignment gives a cohesivelook to your presentation.It also helps to separate yourpresentation into recognizable sections.
  • 42. Use a collection of visual assetsthat belong together...
  • 43. and always stick to a color scheme. ColorLovers.com is a great source of color schemes
  • 44. And the most shockingdesign mistake...
  • 46. Most presentations suck becausenot enough time went intomaking them. Period.You need to craft the perfect story,create beautiful looking slides to support itand then rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.... and not the night before.
  • 47. An outstanding 1 hour presentation can take 30 hours or more of prep time.
  • 48. Ya, exactly.
  • 49. It’s all about being organized and planning ahead. Have a system for collecting your ideas to rework them into a masterpiece.
  • 50. 86%of top executives say thatcommunicating with claritydirectly impacts theircareer and income.Source: www.distinction-services.com
  • 51. Yet only 25%Spend more than 2 hourson ‘high-stakes’ presentationsSource: www.distinction-services.com
  • 52. Design, don’t just slapsomething together. If your presentation sucks, don’t blame PowerPoint.
  • 53. Let’s recap...MISTAKESTO AVOID:
  • 55. But wait!A nicely designed presentationis not the most important part.
  • 56. Yes the best speakers grip an audienceby telling a story and showing someslides to support that, but...
  • 57. Yes the best speakers grip an audienceby telling a story and showing someslides to support that, but...the boldest amongthem do away withslides entirely andgo naked.
  • 58. Before you become a master presentationdesigner you must be a great storyteller first. One of the best resources to help you with this is Resonate by Nancy Duarte.
  • 59. I promise to neverdesign a presentationthat sucks ever again. (you sign here)
  • 60. Now go on tiger,we need you tonot suck.
  • 61. Thank Please share this presentation. You. Together let’s rid the world of PowerPoint that sucks. Jesse Desjardins twitter.com/jessedee slideshare.net/jessedeeDownload thispresentation ->