Even grammar school kids are doing PowerPoint presentations these days. For better or worse, the slide presentation format is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean we’re doomed.Unlike David Mamet’s assertion (as voiced by William H. Macy in “Wag the Dog”) that there’s no difference between good flan and bad flan, there’s a difference between good PowerPoint and bad PowerPoint. And it’s a big difference.
As Columbia Journalism Professor and WNBC-TV Tech Reporter Sree Sreenivasan, points out, a bad PowerPoint presentation can dull your interest in even the most fascinating topics. But it doesn’t need to be that way. By exercising restraint, you can create PowerPoint presentation that transcend the genre and effectively communicate the value of your business.
Sreenivasan points to three simple tips that will make every PowerPoint presentation better:
* Stick to one thought per slide.
* Keep the presentation short.
* Don’t get carried away with the bells and whistles.
Read, learn, and never again watch your audience glaze over and groan when you boot up your laptop.