PowerPoint Makeover


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Presentation given and revised several times. Recently presented at the Career Education Conference in Moose Jaw, Sk, October 26,2007

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PowerPoint Makeover

  1. 1. Dean Shareski October 26 th, 2007
  2. 2. Why would we use PowerPoint?
  3. 4. How folks butcher PowerPoint (it’s not your fault)
  4. 6. Templates…they look cool
  5. 7. Bullets…easy for me to organize
  6. 8. PowerPointlessness The tedious use of flashy transitions, graphics and sound effects while making a slide presentation that is pretty much lacking in thought, meaning and value.
  7. 9. Overload…Here’s everything I know
  8. 10. Reading the slide <ul><li>The other big mistake many people make is putting a lot of text on the page and the reading it like the audience was stupid </li></ul><ul><li>This is true of kids and adults </li></ul><ul><li>Research tells us that we actually will be less likely to remember it this way </li></ul><ul><li>So let’s stop cramming our slides with text and for sure stop reading them! </li></ul>
  9. 11. Solutions
  10. 12. It is easy to dismiss design — to relegate it to mere ornament, the prettifying of places and objects to disguise their banality. But that is a serious misunderstanding of what design is and why it matters. Dan Pink
  11. 13. No Templates
  12. 14. Blogs <ul><li>Good blogs are always updated </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs which are not are rarely read </li></ul>
  13. 17. The following 20 slides are courtesy of Nick Dvoracek of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh http://idea.uwosh.edu/nick/usingppt.htm
  14. 18. issues Background
  15. 19. Background issues Contrast Use light objects on a dark backgound
  16. 20. Background issues Contrast Or dark objects on a light backgound
  17. 21. <ul><li>Low contrast is difficult to read </li></ul><ul><li>Even with strongly contrasting colors </li></ul>Low contrast is difficult to read Even with strongly contrasting colors
  18. 22. ( Darker than background) What looks good on your monitor (Lighter than background) May not look good projected High contrast has more impact !
  19. 23. Frame text for emphasis and readability Frame text for emphasis and readability
  20. 24. the art of storytelling
  21. 25. What makes a good story?
  22. 30. A picture is worth a 1,000… American Soldiers
  23. 31. Emotion
  24. 32. Humor
  25. 33. Use a detailed script or outline
  26. 34. Dean’s Rules for Successful PowerPoint Presentations
  27. 35. 1 idea per slide
  28. 36. Animation and Sound Used minimally
  29. 37. Black Screen
  30. 38. Remote Mouse
  31. 39. Presenter View
  32. 42. Don’t provide a handout until you’re finished
  34. 48. Presentation Gurus Godin Atkinson Lessig
  35. 49. Image Resources Clipart.com Flickr Morgue File
  36. 50. Dean Shareski http://ideasandthoughts.org [email_address]