Really Bad Powerpoint–make it better!

Ok, so I am not quite the ppt nazi that this guy is, but he makes a lot of good suggestions. I’m planning to present my work in Amman pretty soon, and I’ll be using these tips to do a better job.

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Really Bad Powerpoint

Powerpoint could be the most powerful tool on your computer. But it’s not. Countless innovations fail because their champions use PowerPoint the way Microsoft wants them to, instead of the right way.

  • Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there.
  • Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never use the sound effects that are built in to the program. Instead, rip sounds and music from CDs and leverage the Proustian effect this can have. If people start bouncing up and down to the Grateful Dead, you’ve kept them from falling asleep, and you’ve reminded them that this isn’t a typical meeting you’re running.
  • No dissolves, spins or other transitions.
  • No cheesy images. Use professional stock photo images.
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    Here are the five rules you need to remember to create amazing Powerpoint presentations:

  • No more than six words on a slide. EVER. There is no presentation so complex that this rule needs to be broken.
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