The Top 10 Tips to
Avoid
“Death by PowerPoint”
PowerPoint:
The most widely used
presentation software
Benefits…
• PowerPoint is easy to use and
update
• Visuals increase retention
• You can make a greater
impact!
Done wrong….
The Top Ten Tips for
Avoiding
“Death by PowerPoint”
• About 15 to 20 words
• Outline key ideas
Limit the number of
words
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
10.
• A PowerPoint presentation is not a reading report!
Here is a rather boring and long block of text that is
sure to make e...
Use a bold, simple font
•Arial Bold or Veranda are
recommended
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
9.
• Examples of hard to read text
• Examples of hard to read text
•Examples of hard t o
read t ext
•Examples of hard to read...
Arial is used for
maximum visibility.
72 Point Arial Bold
24 Point Arial Bold
48 Point Arial Bold
Use transitions wisely
• Dissolves are the least
jarring
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
8.
Avoid stock templates
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
7.
Avoid stock templates
Go to Google and search
on “free powerpoint
templates”
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPo...
Choose a design where
words contrast from the
background.
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
6.
Choose a design where
words contrast from the
background.
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
6.
Example of w...
Let the audience know
where you are going.
• What we will cover
• Major transitions
• Point 1, Point 2…
• What we covered
...
Use pictures and
graphs
A picture is worth a
thousand words
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
4.
Use a wireless remote
Don’t be tethered to
your computer.
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
3.
Recommendations:
L3Sys.com
$149.00
www.rpnav.com
$99.00
Always have a backup
•Burn a CD copy
•Carry it separately from
your computer
•Load to your Web site
The top 10 tips for av...
Always remember….
The top 10 tips for avoiding death
by PowerPoint
1.
YOU are the show not
the screen.
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  1. 1. The Top 10 Tips to Avoid “Death by PowerPoint”
  2. 2. PowerPoint: The most widely used presentation software
  3. 3. Benefits… • PowerPoint is easy to use and update • Visuals increase retention • You can make a greater impact!
  4. 4. Done wrong….
  5. 5. The Top Ten Tips for Avoiding “Death by PowerPoint”
  6. 6. • About 15 to 20 words • Outline key ideas Limit the number of words The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 10.
  7. 7. • A PowerPoint presentation is not a reading report! Here is a rather boring and long block of text that is sure to make even the most curious of people extremely sleep. In fact, I will be quite impressed if you read through the entire thing. This example is really awful (or is it really good at depicting something really awful?). Whew, this is harder than I thought to write this much gibberish. • A PowerPoint program should never compete with the speaker • Even if you break it up with bullet points it still distracts.
  8. 8. Use a bold, simple font •Arial Bold or Veranda are recommended The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 9.
  9. 9. • Examples of hard to read text • Examples of hard to read text •Examples of hard t o read t ext •Examples of hard to read text • The goal is maximum legibility
  10. 10. Arial is used for maximum visibility.
  11. 11. 72 Point Arial Bold 24 Point Arial Bold 48 Point Arial Bold
  12. 12. Use transitions wisely • Dissolves are the least jarring The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 8.
  13. 13. Avoid stock templates The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 7.
  14. 14. Avoid stock templates Go to Google and search on “free powerpoint templates” The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 7.
  15. 15. Choose a design where words contrast from the background. The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 6.
  16. 16. Choose a design where words contrast from the background. The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 6. Example of what not to do.
  17. 17. Let the audience know where you are going. • What we will cover • Major transitions • Point 1, Point 2… • What we covered The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 5.
  18. 18. Use pictures and graphs A picture is worth a thousand words The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 4.
  19. 19. Use a wireless remote Don’t be tethered to your computer. The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 3.
  20. 20. Recommendations: L3Sys.com $149.00 www.rpnav.com $99.00
  21. 21. Always have a backup •Burn a CD copy •Carry it separately from your computer •Load to your Web site The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 2.
  22. 22. Always remember…. The top 10 tips for avoiding death by PowerPoint 1. YOU are the show not the screen.

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