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Heard on the Digital Street

I recently attended a free webinar by PowerPoint makeover guru Rick Altman. Here are some of the notes I took:

  • Put the needs of your audience first.
  • Don’t include these slides:
      •  About us
      • Mission Statement
  • Slides should compliment/enhance the message.
  • Share your ideas; don’t explain your slides.
  • Remember phone booths? Remember seeing pictures of people trying to cram as many people as possible into a phone booth? Is your slide like that phone booth…crammed with information? You’re not going to get any contents for that.
  • Nobody goes to a presentation to see your slides. They come for your expertise. Don’t make your slides more important than yourself.
  • They come for you, but make it about them.
  • Ask yourself: if the projector blew up, could you give your presentation without your slides?
  • Three things that make a good presentation (these should all be different from each other):

1. What you say.
2. What you show.
3. What you give to the audience.

  • Asked: What is your biggest complaint about PowerPoint slides. Answered: Too much text on slides.
  • Try to make each bullet point 3 words or less (unlike this bullet point).
  • Problem:You want your slides to do double duty; to be the visual component for a presentation and a handout. The purposes are disparate. Create 2 different documents.
  • Say it first, and then show it.
  • You can follow Rick Altman on Twitter (@rickaltman)