The Death of Boring PowerPoint Presentations (Guest Post)

by Oliver Adria on 06/04/2011

This is guest contribution from fellow presenter Tiffany in the United States. I like to get different opinions on presentations and thus also welcome guest bloggers / presenters to tell their story. If you want to write an article, let me know at Enjoy reading!

We’ve all sat in those long meetings or had to endure those presentations that seem to go on forever. A lot of people misuse PowerPoint and use it as a way to drone on and on, even though they’ve already put all of their information up for everyone to see. Don’t continue the trend.
Seth Godin, entrepreneur in marketing and more, wrote an article about really bad PowerPoints and how to avoid them. PowerPoint can be an effective tool, but you can’t use it the same way that everyone else is (ab)using it. Pretty much everyone will have to deliver a PowerPoint presentation at some point in their life, whether it’s for a church event, school projects with their kids, career meetings or something else entirely. You want your presentation to stand out, but in a good way, so here are some tips on making that happen:

  • Ditch the boring template – While the program comes with some preset templates, your goal is to make a different kind of connection with your audience. If you can’t formulate your own template (and let’s face it, we’re all strapped on time), then you can always go online. There are many free PowerPoint templates on the Internet that won’t have everyone nodding their heads in recognition.
  • Use more images than you do words – If you like to print out your notes in PowerPoint form, your audience will just read ahead of you. Alternatively, if you use images, they will mentally have to stay with you in order to understand what you are communicating. If you would like, you can have a handout after your presentation that puts all your information in written form, which will help people focus on your presentation rather than their notes. However, if you do this, make sure to pass out the handout after your speech rather than before.
  • If your presentation is good enough, you won’t need any fancy transitions or dissolves – These can be distracting, and you want people to focus on the presentation rather than your special effects.

Because PowerPoint is a visual program, use it to its best advantage by choosing a great template and large pictures. Resist the urge to make a traditional PowerPoint, because then there will be nothing memorable about your presentation, and we all like to stand out.

About the Author
Tiffany Miller is a mother of two from Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated with a degree in Communications from UC-Irvine and has since become involved in public speaking and presenting. Her specialty is helping others liven up their presentation through free resources available to them like Powerpoint templates

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