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• PART 
BAN 
the BULLET 
An Irreverent Guide to Producing 
Presentations that Get Results 
Alan Hoffman ▪ The Mission Grou...
“The Prince of PowerPoint, 
Alan Hoffman, wields his 
laptop like a sword – or a 
magic wand.” 
— Nationally-recognized co...
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BAN 
the BULLET 
An Irreverent Guide to Producing 
Presentations that Get Results
What must your 
presentations 
accomplish?
Inform.
Demonstrate 
Competence.
Persuade.
CCOONNVVIINNCCEE..
Let’s take 
a look at a typical 
presentation slide.
Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey 
your message, as li...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey 
your ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey 
your ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey 
your ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey 
your ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey 
your ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey 
your ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of 
bulleted lists ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of 
bulleted lists ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of 
bulleted lists ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of 
bulleted lists ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations with Impact 
 Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of 
bulleted lists ...
But even better… 
(If maximum impact is your goal…)
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Presentations with Impact 
 Avoid bullets. Try to reduce ...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations 
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Words + 
Graphics = 
Retention
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
Presentations 
wwiitthh IImmppaacctt 
Words + 
Graphics = 
Retention 
Appropriate 
hu...
Improving the Typical Presentation: 
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Presentations with Impact 
 Avoid bullets. Try to reduce ...
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Avoid 
Bulleted 
Lists 
1 
Avoid Bulleted Lists. 
Instead of 1 
using 
bullets, turn 
each poin...
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Avoid 
Bulleted 
Lists 
1 Expand 
Your 
Graphics 
2 
Avoid Bulleted Lists. 
Instead of 1 
using...
Avoid 
Bulleted 
Lists 
1 Expand 
Your 
Graphics 
2 
Ensure 
Legibility 
3 
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Avoid Bulleted List...
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Avoid 
Bulleted 
Lists 
1 Expand 
Your 
Graphics 
2 
Ensure 
Legibility 
3 
4 
Split Your 
Slid...
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Avoid 
bullets 
Expand your 
graphics 
legibility 
Split your 
slides 
Explain 
everything 
Avo...
Avoid Bulleted Lists 
PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT 
Avoid 
Bulleted 
Lists 
1 Expand 
Your 
Graphics 
2 
Ensure 
Legibility 
...
Be sure to check out Lesson 2: 
Expand Your Graphics. 
Available at: 
www.slideshare.net/TheMissionGroup/ 
improving-your-...
Clarity, focus, 
and visual interest 
→ success.
Do you need to take 
your presentations 
to the next level? 
We can help! 
Workshops Consulting Design
Clarity, focus, and visual 
interest Thank 
You! 
=> success. 
Alan Hoffman 
“The Prince of PowerPoint” 
alan@missionconsu...
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Ban the Bullet 1: Improving Your PowerPoint Presentations, pt. 1

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PowerPoint presentations don't need to be slide after slide of bulleted lists! Follow PowerPoint guru Alan Hoffman, dubbed "The Prince of PowerPoint" by syndicated columnist Richard Louv, as he shows how to go beyond conventional thinking to create more effective and compelling presentations. In this first lesson, we learn to move beyond bulleted lists to call greater attention to your core messages..

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Ban the Bullet 1: Improving Your PowerPoint Presentations, pt. 1

  1. 1. • PART BAN the BULLET An Irreverent Guide to Producing Presentations that Get Results Alan Hoffman ▪ The Mission Group ▪ San Diego, California ▪ alan@missionconsult.com © 2013 by The Mission Group. All Rights Reserved. 1
  2. 2. “The Prince of PowerPoint, Alan Hoffman, wields his laptop like a sword – or a magic wand.” — Nationally-recognized columnist Richard Louv, San Diego Union- Tribune, June 13, 2004.
  3. 3. • Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipisicing elit, • Sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. • Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. • Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.
  4. 4. BAN the BULLET An Irreverent Guide to Producing Presentations that Get Results
  5. 5. What must your presentations accomplish?
  6. 6. Inform.
  7. 7. Demonstrate Competence.
  8. 8. Persuade.
  9. 9. CCOONNVVIINNCCEE..
  10. 10. Let’s take a look at a typical presentation slide.
  11. 11. Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Busy background makes text hard to read. Lots of text makes it hard to orient to the information. The slide does not practice what it preaches.
  12. 12. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Simplify the background behind text.
  13. 13. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused.
  14. 14. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused.
  15. 15. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused.
  16. 16. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused.
  17. 17. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused.
  18. 18. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused. Use head-lines to sum up your sentences.
  19. 19. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused. Use head-lines to sum up your sentences.
  20. 20. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Ensure legibility. Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused. Use head-lines to sum up your sentences.
  21. 21. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Ensure legibility. Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused. Use head-lines to sum up your sentences.
  22. 22. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations with Impact  Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Ensure legibility. Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Simplify the background behind text. Build your points one at a time: it keeps attention focused. Use head-lines to sum up your sentences.
  23. 23. But even better… (If maximum impact is your goal…)
  24. 24. Improving the Typical Presentation: PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Presentations with Impact  Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Ensure legibility. Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Turn the title into its own slide.
  25. 25. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations wwiitthh IImmppaacctt Words + Graphics = Retention
  26. 26. Improving the Typical Presentation: Presentations wwiitthh IImmppaacctt Words + Graphics = Retention Appropriate humor engages your audience. Use animation to make a point, not just because. Entertain Me!
  27. 27. Improving the Typical Presentation: PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Presentations with Impact  Avoid bullets. Try to reduce the use of bulleted lists to convey your message, as lists of words can only go so far.  Expand your graphics so that they dominate the slide. Keep your audiences stimulated.  Ensure legibility. Avoid small text and graphics that are difficult to decipher or grasp.  Split your slides so that each point gets its own page.  Explain everything. Don’t assume. Instead of using bullets, turn each point into a graphic (see next slide).
  28. 28. PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Avoid Bulleted Lists 1 Avoid Bulleted Lists. Instead of 1 using bullets, turn each point into a graphic.
  29. 29. PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Avoid Bulleted Lists 1 Expand Your Graphics 2 Avoid Bulleted Lists. Instead of 1 using bullets, turn each point into a graphic.
  30. 30. Avoid Bulleted Lists 1 Expand Your Graphics 2 Ensure Legibility 3 PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Avoid Bulleted Lists. Instead of 1 using bullets, turn each point into a graphic.
  31. 31. PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Avoid Bulleted Lists 1 Expand Your Graphics 2 Ensure Legibility 3 4 Split Your Slides Avoid Bulleted Lists. Instead of 1 using bullets, turn each point into a graphic.
  32. 32. PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Avoid bullets Expand your graphics legibility Split your slides Explain everything Avoid Bulleted Lists 1 Expand Your Graphics 2 Ensure Legibility 3 4 Split Your Slides 5 Explain Everything Avoid Bulleted Lists. Instead of 1 using bullets, turn each point into a graphic. Each point now stands out.
  33. 33. Avoid Bulleted Lists PRESENTATIONS WITH IMPACT Avoid Bulleted Lists 1 Expand Your Graphics 2 Ensure Legibility 4 5 Avoid Bulleted Lists. 3 Split Your Slides Explain Everything You can 1 now tell the story of each point.
  34. 34. Be sure to check out Lesson 2: Expand Your Graphics. Available at: www.slideshare.net/TheMissionGroup/ improving-your-powerpoint-presentations-pt-2
  35. 35. Clarity, focus, and visual interest → success.
  36. 36. Do you need to take your presentations to the next level? We can help! Workshops Consulting Design
  37. 37. Clarity, focus, and visual interest Thank You! => success. Alan Hoffman “The Prince of PowerPoint” alan@missionconsult.com (619) 232-1776

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