A Movement to Eliminate Death-by-PowerPoint Suffering


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Presentation was given at Rosetta Marketing's September Tech Talks on improving slide design.

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  • We’ve all been there… PowerPoint and never ending meetings. It’s painful and it’s unproductive. It’s time to make it stop.
  • My goal today is to inspire you to work to improve your PowerPoints
  • There are essentially three parts of a presentation…And often times, slides are the hardest part for people to really get a handle on.Presentations are stories. Stories have been told for centuries and that’s a natural concept for us. Slides are not natural and modern humanity is still trying to evolve and learn to successfully incorporate PPT into our stories.
  • There are two uses for slides: 1.Slideuments 2. Presentations
  • Makes sense without a presenterIn-depth explanationLots of wordsExample Use Cases: Email a slideument Weekly Status reportEmail a slideument to a client to explain testing processDocument Technical Processes (“How to Develop…”, “Architecture of…”)Create a handout to distribute after a presentation
  • Use bullets sparinglyGoal of slides used in presentations: Support and enhance what the presenter is sayingNOT DistractToo many bullets/ words are distracting“You can just read this…” “I know you probably can’t see this…”Be concise and be visual
  • One of the main arguments people use for not using images is that they don’t have the skills– that they aren’t artists.Words are Okay! Just not too manyYou don’t have to be a graphic designer to create visual slides
  • A Movement to Eliminate Death-by-PowerPoint Suffering

    1. 1. A Movement to Eliminate Death-by-PowerPoint Suffering<br />Nicole Kusold<br />
    2. 2. inspire<br />improveddesign &communication<br />
    3. 3. Parts of a Presentation<br />Content<br />Delivery<br />Slides<br />
    4. 4. Slideument<br />Presentation<br />vs.<br />
    5. 5. Slideument<br />Presentation<br />vs.<br />
    6. 6. Slideument<br />Presentation<br />vs.<br />
    7. 7. If this were a Slideument…<br />
    8. 8. Slideument<br />Presentation<br />vs.<br />Slide + Document = Slideument<br /><ul><li>Makes sense without a presenter
    9. 9. In-depth explanation
    10. 10. Lots of words
    11. 11. Example Use Cases:
    12. 12. Email a slideument Weekly Status report
    13. 13. Email a slideument to a client to explain testing process
    14. 14. Document Technical Processes (“How to Develop…”, “Architecture of…”)
    15. 15. Create a handout to distribute after a presentation</li></ul>Supports and enhances what the presenter is saying <br />Not a distraction from the presenter<br />Very visual<br />Most content comes from the presenter’s spoken word<br />Example Use Cases: <br />Presenting at a Lightening Talk<br />Stand up in-front of a client to give a BD pitch<br />Any time you and your slides are in front of people<br />
    16. 16. Design PPT’s based on purpose and method of delivery<br />Presentations slides should be visual supplements<br />TAKEAWAY<br />
    17. 17. My slides have lots of words becauseI’M NOT A GRAPHIC DESIGNER.<br />
    18. 18. Sources for Visuals<br />Stock.xchng (www.sxc.hu)<br />PPT Shapes <br />Snag-It<br />Selective use of Clip Art<br />
    19. 19. www.SXC.hu<br />
    20. 20. www.SXC.hu<br />
    21. 21. PowerPoint Shapes<br />
    22. 22. PowerPoint Shapes<br />
    23. 23. I<br />Snagit<br />
    24. 24. Snagit<br />
    25. 25. Animated!<br />Snagit<br />
    26. 26. For realz?<br />Clip Art<br />
    27. 27. Checkout<br />Device<br />Accessories<br />Plans<br />WebSphere Commerce<br />Legacy Application<br />
    28. 28. Customers<br />Customer Service Reps<br />Business Users<br />Third-Party Vendors<br />
    29. 29. Be Selective.<br />Be Snobby.<br />
    30. 30. REJECTED<br />
    31. 31. REJECTED<br />
    32. 32. Stock.xchng(www.sxc.hu)<br />PPT Shapes <br />Snag-It<br />Selective use of Clip Art<br />TAKEAWAY<br />
    33. 33. Read<br />Garr Reynolds<br />Nancy Duarte<br />
    34. 34. See<br />Watch<br />
    35. 35. Challenge<br />Challenge<br />Employ one of these design tactics in your next PowerPoint<br />
    36. 36. Challenge<br />Challenge<br />Send me slides that suck.Let’s make them not suck.<br />
    37. 37. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.<br />^point<br />