Friday, August 10, 2012

The Power of PowerPoint

PowerPoint's...some people love them and some do not.  Whether you are presenting to children, adults, business partners, clients - there is something every PowerPoint's goal should be:  Don't lose the Audience!

Here are some tips to make sure your next PowerPoint is a true success!
  1. Keep it simple, slides should inform, not distract
  2. San-serif fonts provide best readability for PowerPoint presentations
  3. Use keywords instead of sentences and make sure the text reads well from the projector
  4. Highlight important points with color, images, visuals
  5. Use pie charts for percentages, vertical bar charts to show quantity, and horizontal bat charts to compare quantities between areas, within the same time frame
Guy Kawasaki's 10/20/30 Rule is REALLY helpful:

  1. 10 PowerPoint slides - ten points are the most a human mind can comprehend in one meeting.
  2. 20 minute presentation - twenty minutes in the average attention span of humans when listening to a presentation.
  3. 30 point font minimum - large font size increases readability and forces you to keep slide test to a minimum.
At the end of the day, just remember - your audience will be engaged in the PowerPoint if you're engaged in the PowerPoint.  Try to stay positive, energetic and keep it simple!

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