Yesterday, we looked at a few FAIL PowerPoint slides. Did you notice any key features of those slides that categorized them as ineffective?
Here’s what I saw:
They were very text heavy.
The graphics were distracting and did not purposefully add to the content being shared.
Here’s what I was thinking while I looked at the slides:
I’m reading a handout.
I have absolutely no idea what point the presenter is trying to make.
I will forget this stuff in the time it takes to say, “bored to tears.”
Do you agree?
Today, we are going to focus on the point. (And I don’t mean bullet point.)
What exactly are we trying to accomplish with a PowerPoint presentation? Why even bother?
During a presentation, we are COMMUNICATING with our audience.
That is the goal. COMMUNICATION.
While you are creating your PowerPoint presentation, keep your eye on the ball. Ask yourself over and over again, Am I creating slides that help me communicate with my audience?
If we want to effectively communicate using presentation tools like PowerPoint, we must create a presentation that is clear, concise, and powerful.
Take a look at the FAIL slides again.
Do they communicate in a clear, concise, and powerful way? Nope.
I mentioned yesterday that there is a commonly used phrase when discussing the use of PowerPoint presentations. Death by PowerPoint. I don’t believe presenters set out to bore their audiences. But the greatest of intentions will continue to be overshadowed by poor presentation design- if we let it.
So, let’s bring our presentations to life!
First things first. Stay focused on the goal- COMMUNICATION!!
(In part three, we’ll discuss what research says about ways to communicate effectively using visuals.)
Effective Presentations Series:
Introduction and Part 1: Fail.