As an ITIL® trainer and consultant, I am heavily involved in presentations. This could be providing presentations to various groups like senior management, team leaders, help desk staff, etc. Also, I attend presentations to see what are the latest developments in the IT service management arena. As I was seeking to enhance my presentations (and that of others), I came across “Really Bad Powerpoint” by Seth Godin. From this, I took away these key tips for Powerpoint presentations:
- No more than six words on a slide. EVER.
- No cheesy images. Use professional images from corbis.com or istockphoto.com instead.
They cost $3 each, or a little more if they’re for ‘professional use’.
- No dissolves, spins or other transitions. None.
- Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never (ever) 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.
- Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They’re emotional, and they won’t work without you there. If someone wants your slides to show “the boss,” tell them that the slides go if you go.
Seth’s article goes into much more detail and I hope you find Seth’s article as useful as I have.