Friday, January 11, 2013

You are Going to Kill The Presentation!

by: Michala T. 
Have you ever sat through a PowerPoint presentation where your brain cells were screaming “we’re drowning!” and you could literally feel them jumping ship? I bet you are either shaking your head or even worse being re-traumatized all over again. Why? Why must PowerPoint presentations be sooooo bad? Why must we sit through horrendous presentations?
It’s because the person who created the presentation didn’t have a clue what the hell they were doing!

Who uses PowerPoint presentations? They are everywhere. They could very well be lurking in the shadows of your boss’s office, or your teacher’s mind. They could sneak up on you in the way of ‘enhancing your skills’ through motivational speakers. You might suffer through one all to gain an understanding of benefits or responsibilities of one kind or another. PowerPoint presentations are created and used by high schoolers, business people, college students, and so many more. The list goes on and on…just like that song “this is the song that never ends, it goes on and on my friend….some people started singing, not knowing what it was, and they continued singing it forever JUST because….this is the song that never ends….”

Powerpoint presentations are simply that bad. BUT they don’t have to be. Not if you know how to create the presentation. Don’t KILL the presentation before it’s even done. Here are the important facts.

1. Do not put every single source of information on the presentation. Use 50 or 60% of the information your audience needs to know. The other percent will be spoken by you. DON’T READ FROM THE SLIDES WORD FOR WORD!
2. Every three or four slides, include a cute or funny cartoon or a neat piece of factual information most people don’t know. This should be something they will want to tell someone else after they leave.  This will grab the audience back into your clutches and you may continue with the mundane information you have to force upon them.
3. Don’t use too much color. Most people suffer from sensory overload, believe it or not. Bright colors that will make their eyes squinch is no good. Boring colors are better. Stick to the rainbow kids. (R,O,Y, G, P, B) Red Orange Yellow Green Purple Blue.  Use black and white as well.
4.I must repeat this again…Do not write and then say everything that is on your slides. It will totally kill your presentation. I promise. No matter how entertaining the topic is…it will kill your Powerpoint presentation.

Do you have examples of horrible experiences? Do you have any more tips for PowerPoint presentations? Let us know!

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