PowerPoint, Keep it Simple

PowerPoint is an essential ingredient for many presentations. Remembering it is an ingredient and not the whole meal can be the key to successful communication. We communicate to transfer ideas, an overly complicated PowerPoint diverts attention from the presenter to the medium and reduces knowledge transfer. When it comes to PowerPoint, less is more.

Keeping It Simple:

  • Pick a simple format and stick with it
  • Use no more than four to seven lines per slide
  • Simplify the wording of each line
  • Reduce lines of text when including images
  • Rarely use animation, it usually distracts the audience
  • Rarely use sound, sound as well can distract the audience

Your audience can read text on the slide, you do not need to read it to them. Your verbal presentation should amplify each slide’s context adding depth and understanding.

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