About Those PowerPoint Slides

We all spend far too much time in presentations that are unfocused and too heavy in detail.  Implement these principles for presentations in your organization to make them more effective.

  1. Identify your overall message and primary points and then create the slides to support your key points.  Don’t just put a jillion data points on 72 slides. 
  2. At the top of every slide have a sentence that captures the point of the slide.  Don’t make your audience guess the points you are trying to make. 
  3. Never, ever put sentences and paragraphs on a slide, then stand there and read them aloud.  You know why.
  4. A simple slide is way more effective than complex one.  A few years ago, I was part special group working in conjunction with the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative on an office of strategic planning concept.  One of the two notable and brilliant Harvard business professors made a special presentation for us.  He came to a slide that was outrageously complex with boxes, lines, and arrows all over the place.  Looking at the slide,  he paused, took a step or two back, sighed, and said…”Isn’t it beautiful?”  I’m not making this up.

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