“Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.” -Weston H. Agor
Agor may be right about that, but why use up your valuable time learning from your own mistakes when there’s a treasure trove of others’ errors out there awaiting your watchful eye. As with business letters, you can learn as much from bad PowerPoint presentations as you can from good ones. Spending just a few moments dissecting a bad business presentation will demonstrate what you shouldn’t do and reinforce the principles of good presentations through a form of graphical aversion therapy.Waiting until you come across an awful presentation can take some time. Fortunately, there’s a widespread loathing of bad PowerPoint and many bad presentations are available online. In fact, a Google search for “Bad PowerPoint Examples” nets approximately 6,820,000 results. A few choice destinations:
After you’ve reviewed a few PowerPoint presentations — good and bad — you’ll begin to recognize patterns. It’s a good idea to pose a few questions to yourself every time you see a presentation. After you’ve done it a few times consciously, you’ll begin to critique them automatically. Here are some good questions to pose to yourself when reviewing a PowerPoint presentation and you’ll soon develop your own:
* What is the goal of the presentation?
* Does the presentation achieve the goal?
* Does the presentation address a particular audience?
* What’s another way to present the same information?