In the early days of PowerPoint presentations, audiences were tortured by typewriter text, pointless, clunky animated clip art, and obnoxious sound effects. Gratefully, much of this noise is gone or has been upgraded by higher quality, more entertaining audio and video. Even with the evolution of some presentations, we are still subjected, however, to one of the most painful parts of PowerPoint—slides packed with bulleted paragraphs the presenter will “helpfully” read to everyone—yawn!
What can you do today to increase your presentation success by crafting slides that banish bloated bullets? One effective approach is to eliminate all bullets in PowerPoint presentations and just use visuals with limited text. The reality in the workplace, however, is a majority of subject matter experts (SMEs) are not professional speakers and are often also using the slide content as their presentation notes. What changes, then, can we make to PowerPoint slides (or suggest to our colleagues and co-workers) to improve readability, add more interest to the presentations, and head towards the goal of banishing bloated bullets and improving the text bullets we create?
Set the goal to banish bloated bullets, apply these PowerPoint presentation tips, and watch as you deliver more successful presentations.
By Dawn Bjork, MCT, The Software Pro®
Microsoft Certified Trainer, Technology Speaker, Software Consultant