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Creating great PowerPoints and not Bad PowerPoints


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A quick 2 minute slide show that explains itself on how to create PowerPoint presentations well.

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Creating great PowerPoints and not Bad PowerPoints

  1. 1. Skill Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
  2. 2. 95% of PowerPoint's are bad NOT BAD BAD
  3. 3. Really bad!
  4. 4. e.g.
  5. 6. now that’s...
  6. 8. WHY?
  7. 9. Bullet Points <ul><li>Make </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Want </li></ul><ul><li>To... </li></ul>
  8. 11. Bullets are for
  9. 13. NOT PowerPoint
  10. 14. Remember: bullets kill (presentations)
  11. 15. as does...
  12. 16. A lot of text on the screen that you basically read to the audience. Remember that they can read a lot faster that you speak (almost ten times faster), so the audience will have read your paragraph before you have finished your first sentence meaning that they are not concentrating on good old dynamic you as you deliver the presentation but on the content on the screen. This means that they are distracted and your message looses impact. It also means that the audience is also likely to become bored, very bored and very quickly. People can read for themselves and they didn’t come to a meeting and give up their precious free time in order for you to stand there and basically read a screen of text to them. School isn’t even that boring. If you are just going to read stuff to them, send it on email so that they can read it ahead of time and then do a live Q & A session with them. This will cut the meeting down in time dramatically, making it better for all as well as provide some stimulating conversation. But seriously, keep the text to a minimum, it really doesn’t work for people. Remember also that the more text on the screen, the smaller the text is – and this doesn’t help people that are over 22 years of age in the audience as the chances are they won’t be able to read it anyway.
  13. 17. how much text?
  14. 18. as little as possible
  15. 19. keep it simple
  16. 20. Other crazy ideas:
  17. 21. Clip Art (use stock images)
  18. 22. Bonkers backgrounds (plain or simple gradients)
  19. 23. Busy Slides (1 Point, many slides)
  20. 24. Imagine if...
  21. 25. ...Obama used (bad) PowerPoint in his famous speech
  22. 26. By Barak Obama
  23. 27. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>Time for Change </li></ul><ul><li>Change isn’t Easy </li></ul><ul><li>What we’re up against </li></ul><ul><li>What I see </li></ul><ul><li>We cannot lose hope </li></ul><ul><li>What I know </li></ul><ul><li>Yes we can </li></ul>
  24. 28. <ul><li>Thank you, South Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you to the rock of my life, Michelle Obama </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you, Malia and Sasha </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you, Pete Skidmore </li></ul>
  25. 29. I’m bored already (faster please)
  26. 30. <ul><li>Some doubted this country’s desire for change </li></ul><ul><li>We have the most delegated and diverse coalition of Americans </li></ul><ul><li>You can see it in their faces – young, old, rich, poor, black, white, latino, native american, democrat, republican, and others </li></ul><ul><li>We are ready to believe again </li></ul>
  27. 31. <ul><li>Fine candidates and competition is fierce </li></ul><ul><li>We’re looking to fundamentally change status quo in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Status quo is fighting back with same tactics that divide and distract us </li></ul>
  28. 32. <ul><li>Fine candidates and competition is fierce </li></ul><ul><li>We’re looking to fundamentally change status quo in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Status quo is fighting back with same tactics that divide and distract us </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbyist dominate government </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to lead does not come from longevity in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Bitter partisanship where opponents demonise each other </li></ul><ul><li>Politics that uses religion as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon </li></ul>
  29. 33. <ul><li>I do not see a white or black South Carolina. I saw South Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>I saw crumbling schools </li></ul><ul><li>I saw shuttered mills </li></ul><ul><li>We struggle with Washington and with our self doubts, fears, and cynicism </li></ul><ul><li>Change we seek requires struggle and sacrifice </li></ul>
  30. 34. <ul><li>There are people counting on us and they have stories and voices </li></ul><ul><li>A mom who can’t get Medicaid to support her children </li></ul><ul><li>A teacher who works the night shift at Dunkin Donuts </li></ul><ul><li>A Maytag worker who competes with his teenager for a $7/hour job </li></ul><ul><li>Woman cannot breathe since nephew left for Iraq </li></ul>
  31. 35. past versus future
  32. 36. <ul><li>We can overcome big money and influence in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Latinos and Blacks can work together </li></ul><ul><li>We can overcome racial divide </li></ul>
  33. 37. Finally...last slide...
  34. 38. <ul><li>We can heal this nation </li></ul><ul><li>We can seize our future </li></ul><ul><li>Yes We Can </li></ul>
  35. 39. Obama Opinion Poll (after this speech)
  36. 41. Remember why YOU present…
  37. 42. CONNECT Emotional Right Logical Left
  38. 43. So...
  39. 44. Text: as little as possible
  40. 45. <ul><li>no </li></ul><ul><li>bullet </li></ul><ul><li>points </li></ul>
  41. 46. Inspiring Images
  42. 47. =
  43. 49. Thank you.