Don't Be A PowerPoint Felon

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A tongue-in-cheek presentation with 3 tips to avoid being a PowerPoint criminal.

These are slides from a humorous/informative speech I wrote for a recent Toastmasters meeting. I've modified the presentation since then so that it can stand on its own.

Spanish Version (thanks to David Gomez): http://www.slideshare.net/mercadeobienpensado/no-sea-un-criminal-del-powerpoint

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Don't Be A PowerPoint Felon

  1. DON’T BE APOWERPOINT<br />FELON<br />3 PRESENTATION CRIMES<br />AND HOW TO AVOID THEM<br />
  2. WE’VE ALL EXPERIENCED<br />DEATH BYPOWERPOINT<br />
  3. CAUSING DEATH IS<br />MURDER<br />
  4. MURDER IS A<br />FELONY<br />
  5. SO…<br />
  6. DEATH BY<br />POWERPOINT IS A<br />FELONY<br />
  7. HERE ARE<br />
  8. HERE ARE<br />3<br />
  9. HERE ARE<br />3<br />POWERPOINT FELONIES TO AVOID<br />
  10. HERE ARE<br />3<br />POWERPOINT FELONIES TO AVOID<br />(AT ALL COST!)<br />
  11. YOU’VE SEEN<br />THIS BEFORE:<br />
  12. HOW TO BE AWESOME<br />BE FRIENDLY<br />WORK HARD<br />SAY THANK YOU<br />
  13. OUTLINE<br />≠<br />SLIDES<br />
  14. HOW TO BE AWESOME<br />POWERPOINT<br />FELONY<br />BE FRIENDLY<br />WORK HARD<br />SAY THANK YOU<br />
  15. INSTEAD, TRY THIS:<br />
  16. 1<br />ONE IDEA<br />PER SLIDE<br />
  17. THE REASON<br />FOR THIS IS,<br />
  18. PEOPLE GET<br />DISTRACTED<br />
  19. YOUR AUDIENCE WILL READ <br />POINTS 2 AND 3 WHILE YOU’RE STILL DISCUSSING POINT 1.<br />
  20. OR,<br />YOUR AUDIENCE WILL RE-READ <br />POINTS 1AND 2WHILE YOU’RE DISCUSSING POINT 3.<br />
  21. BULLET POINTS<br /><ul><li>ARE
  22. FOR
  23. LISTS
  24. ONLY</li></li></ul><li>USE BULLETS ONLY WHEN YOU’RE ACTUALLY LISTING SOMETHING.<br />
  25. TYPES OF BIRDS<br /><ul><li>EAGLE
  26. SPARROW
  27. ROBIN
  28. BLUEJAY
  29. PENGUIN</li></li></ul><li>BUT THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE TEMPTED TO DO THIS…<br />
  30. HOW TO BE AWESOME<br />BE FRIENDLY<br />WORK HARD<br />SAY THANK YOU<br />
  31. …DO THIS…<br />
  32. HOW TO BE AWESOME<br />1. BE FRIENDLY<br />2. WORK HARD<br />3. SAY THANK YOU<br />
  33. …INSTEAD.<br />
  34. KEEP EVERYONE ON THE SAME PAGE.<br />
  35. JUST REMEMBER,<br />
  36. 1<br />ONE IDEA<br />PER SLIDE<br />
  37. ANOTHER THING I’M SURE YOU’VE SEEN,<br />
  38. <ul><li>FIRST, MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE KIND AND PERSONABLE TO EVERYONE YOU MEET EACH DAY.</li></li></ul><li>THE PRESENTER PUTS EVERYTHING THEY WANT TO SAY ON THEIR SLIDES, <br />
  39. AND THEN READS THEM TO YOU.<br />
  40. ONE OF THEM<br />(THE SLIDES OR THE PRESENTER)<br />IS UNNECCESSARY.<br />
  41. <ul><li>FIRST, MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE KIND AND PERSONABLE TO EVERYONE YOU MEET EACH DAY.</li></ul>POWERPOINT<br />FELONY<br />
  42. INSTEAD, TRY THIS:<br />
  43. 2<br />ELIMINATE<br />TEXT<br />
  44. PEOPLE CAN <br />ONLY PROCESS <br />ONE STREAM <br />OF VERBAL INPUT <br />AT A TIME.<br />
  45. THEY’LL EITHER…<br />
  46. LISTEN TO YOU,<br />
  47. OR READ YOUR SLIDES.<br />
  48. ?<br />?<br />THEY CAN’T DO BOTH.<br />
  49. ELIMINATE AS MUCH TEXT AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN<br />
  50. ELIMINATE AS MUCH TEXT AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN<br />
  51. ELIMINATE AS MUCH TEXT AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN<br />
  52. ELIMINATE AS MUCH TEXT AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN<br />
  53. <ul><li>FIRST, MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE KIND AND PERSONABLE TO EVERYONE YOU MEET EACH DAY.</li></li></ul><li>BECOMES<br />
  54. Be Friendly<br />
  55. JUST REMEMBER,<br />
  56. 2<br />ELIMINATE<br />TEXT<br />
  57. AND FINALLY,<br />
  58. USING A SLIDE TEMPLATE TO INSERT AN IMAGE GIVES YOU SOMETHING LIKE THIS:<br />
  59. BE FRIENDLY<br />
  60. POWERPOINT<br />FELONY<br />BE FRIENDLY<br />
  61. INSTEAD, TRY THIS:<br />
  62. 3<br />USE BIG<br />IMAGES<br />
  63. WITH EXACTLY THE SAME CONTENT,<br />
  64. BE FRIENDLY<br />
  65. BECOMES<br />
  66. BE FRIENDLY<br />
  67. BE FRIENDLY<br />(MUCH BETTER)<br />
  68. BUT BE CAREFUL TO AVOID THIS:<br />
  69. BE FRIENDLY<br />
  70. BE FRIENDLY<br />PIXELATION<br />
  71. IT’S CAUSED BY STRETCHING SMALL IMAGES.<br />
  72. MAKE SURE TO USE IMAGES THAT ARE AT LEAST <br />
  73. 800 x 600<br />PIXELS<br />
  74. YOU CAN FIND GREAT IMAGERY TO USE AT SITES LIKE:<br />
  75. compfight.com<br />(CREATIVE COMMONS)<br />istockphoto.com<br />(PAID)<br />
  76. ONE MORE THING:<br />
  77. CLIP ART<br />
  78. IT’S TACKY.<br />
  79. EVERYONE HAS IT.<br />
  80. YOU CAN DO BETTER.<br />
  81. SO…<br />
  82. NEXT TIME YOU <br />GET THE ITCH TO COMMIT A SERIOUS POWERPOINT FELONY, <br />
  83. REMEMBER…<br />
  84. 1<br />ONE IDEA<br />PER SLIDE<br />
  85. 2<br />ELIMINATE<br />TEXT<br />
  86. 3<br />USE BIG<br />IMAGES<br />
  87. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT:ADVANCEYOURSLIDES.COMAND@ADVANCEURSLIDES<br />
  88. DON’T BE APOWERPOINT<br />FELON<br />A PRESENTATION BY NICK SMITH<br />
  89. IMAGE CREDITS<br />SLIDE 3: DEATH BY POWERPOINT – TIM CAYNES<br />SLIDE 52 - 63: FRIENDLY GUY - THOMAS HAWK<br />SLIDE 30: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM & COMPFIGHT.COM<br />

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