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How NOT
To Suck at
Powerpoint
BAI + O&B Learning Session
February 12, 2014
Warning: This
talk is for people
who DON’T
want to suck at
Powerpoint
If you DO want
to suck at
Powerpoint,
go ahead and
doze off
Growth & Acquisition Manager,
Xamun Inc.
MBA Major in Marketing, Asian
Institute of Management Class of
2011
A former choirboy who once lost
80 lbs.
Burns Puzon
500++ powerpoint presentations
created in the past decade
Seen ~3x that figure
Performed/hosted in countless
concerts/events
Aboitiz loved me!
The Stats
First
things
first
An Introduction
Powerpoint is
probably the best
invention ever
made – after the
wheel (of course)
General Uses
•  Presentations
•  Tutorials
•  Animations/Videos
•  Posters
•  Vision Boards
•  Flyers
•  Family Trees (?)
•  Convincing your parents to
buy a dog
Corporate Uses
•  Client pitches
•  Client updates
•  Management meetings
•  Investor meetings
•  Employee orientations
•  Learning/training sessions
like this
•  Convincing your boss to
buy a dog
examples
Your
Purpose
Message
Affiliation/Organization
Current Skillset
The Bases
Their
Time
Target Reaction
Knowledge of Topic
Media Device
Why care?
You wouldn’t want to see your audience
look like one of these:
Here are 5 basic tips so you won’t suck at
your next Powerpoint presentation>>>
Don’t Fret!
1 Look
for
qUALITY
INVEST
TIME to study
basic design
MONEY to buy
images & fonts
ENERGY to
grab great ideas
Don’t use
$#*!
FONTS!!!
Arial
Comic Sans MS
Courier New
Lucida Console
Microsoft Sans Serif
Tahoma
Times New Roman
Trebuchet MS
Verdana
are $#*! fonts
fontsquirrel.com
is your best friend
Keep
It
Simple
2
Use white space every once in a while.
Text Box Image/Graph
Take note of alignments and sizes.
Make sure it looks tidy.
Use two font sizes or two font colors to highlight
important bits of info in a piece of text instead of bold, italics,
or underline
Whatever you do, don’t use them all in combination! (like
what I just did!)
Create a collection of images that go
together nicely
Choose a color scheme and stick with it, to
have a cohesive look.
colourlovers.com
is, uhm, lovely
pick colors much faster
with the Eyedropper
Some additional color tips:
Use different sections, to help your
audience break down the info better.
3 Use
Visuals
Wisely
Stronger
visuals
deliver a
stronger
message
flickr.com is a good
source
For icons, there’s
icondfinder.com
Image sources:
Don’t use
$#*!
IMAGES!!!
Microsoft
Clip Art
Cheesy
Stock Photos
ARE $#*!IMAGES
Avoid fancy
animations
and transitions
(unless you’re presenting
to a bunch of kids)
hold
some
info
4
Rule of thumb
If you’re going to put
everything in the slides:
1)  Open your presentation
2)  Press Ctrl + P
3)  Select how many copies
based on audience size
4)  Pick up the printouts
5)  Distribute to audience
6)  Sit in the corner
Limit to
1 POINT
per slide!!!
Always edit
your slides and
cut the
irrelevant ones
Too much Too small
A quick note on data
PREP
FOR
it
5
Most
presentations
suck because of
little or no
preparation
BasicSteps
1.  Think of you and your
audience
2.  Pick theme, font, and color
palette
3.  Write an outline of your
points
4.  Make the slides
5.  Edit slides
6.  REHEARSE
86%
Of execs claim that clear
communication directly
impacts their career and
income*
25%
Spend over 2 hours for
important presentations*
*www.distinction-services.com	
  
Prepare,
Don’t just
WING IT
Holdsomeinfo
kEEpit simple
Look for quality
Use visuals wisely
PREP FOR it
recap
bpuzon@blastasia.com
Burns Puzon
@burns_puzon
Contact burns
Some Examples
The Good
The Bad
&the ugly
*http://www.pcworld.com/article/203396/worlds_worst_powerpoint_presentations.html	
  
*http://www.pcworld.com/article/203396/worlds_worst_powerpoint_presentations.html	
  
*http://www.pcworld.com/article/203396/worlds_worst_powerpoint_presentations.html	
  
This presentation
was inspired by
“You Suck at
Powerpoint” by
Jesse Desjardins
http://www.slideshare.net/
jessedee/you-suck-at-powerpoint

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