PowerPoint is a great tool. But like any tool, it can be misused. Ever hit your thumb with a hammer?
I remember when people first started using PowerPoint in their presentations. Some of the presentations were almost dizzying. I’ve seen some where the presenter used a different, almost psychedelic, color scheme on every slide and every transition.
Thankfully, most of us have gotten away from that. Still, another problem remains: slides with way too much stuff going on. You know the kind: slides that are so dense with text they might as well just project a Word document.
It’s important to remember that a good slide enhances your message and helps your audience focus on your most important points. I’ve been reading a really good book on this subject: “Presentation Zen” by Garr Reynolds. He says when building your slides think “maximum effect with minimum means.”
We’ll talk more about how you can make more effective presentations in future posts. For now, I want to share some design tips:
Finally, here’s a good tip to tell if your slide is too cluttered or not. Step back six to eight feet from your screen. Can you still read the slide? If you can’t, your audience won’t be able to either.