PowerPoint offers theuser a diverse arrayof tools andresources whichempower said user tocompletely ruin anychance of deliveringtheir messageeffectively. We sooften find ourselvesdoing somethingsimply because thetool says we can, thatwe forget to ask if weshould.Fancy backgroundsonly an art majorcould love and printflying into and out ofthe screen may haveimpressed audiencesin the early 90’s, but Iassure you, youraudience has seen itall before.So, keep it simple – monochromatic slides
You can, but don’t
1. PowerPoint Isn’t a Prop
It’s a Crutch – We Have Confused The Medium For The Message
never killed anyone,and no audience hasever been wowed bythe creativity of theirspeaker asdemonstrated by theirselection of masterslide.Of even less valuethan long-windedbullets are the alwayspopular emphasizedbullets whichguarantee theaudience pays closeattention to pointsgenerally of nointerest to anyoneother than thepresenter.Do us all a favor – remember the rulesof 3 and 7. Threebullets to a slide andno more than sevenwords to a bullet.Keep things simpleand concise – and inthe name of all that’sholy, keep theemphasis in yourvoice and off yourslides.
Some fear guns
I fear bullets.PowerPoint sadlyprevents us frommaking terriblemistakes, and thususers can place aninfinite number ofbullets on a singleslide. And if the userisn’t creating theirown mini-library ofcongress they mightchoose to write 30word bullet pointsdesigned to assureany viewer thepresenter has donenothing to prepare.
Clip art = bad