Do you remember the National Rifle Association’s claim that “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people”? Well, at risk of sounding like Charlton Heston,
PowerPoint Doesn’t Put Audiences to Sleep.
Presenters Put Audiences to Sleep!
Think about the leading causes of Bad PowerPoint:
- Too much information (the presenter doesn’t know what point she’s trying to make!)
- Irrelevant information (the presenter hasn’t thought about how to make her point)
- Unreadable information (the presenter needs glasses?)
- Badly visualized information (ditto)
- Endlessly repeated information (the presenter needs compassion for her audience)
I could go on, but you get the idea. Bad PowerPoint results from insufficient thought about what you’re saying, who you’re saying it to, and why (the heck) they should care!
Fix that problem, and making good PowerPoint is easy.
“Yes, Virginia, There Is Good PowerPoint”
You can give a great speech without PowerPoint. But,
- If you enjoy using pictures, visual cues, and teasers to keep an audience engaged, PowerPoint is a wonderful tool
- Used right, it can help you structure your speech, and make sure all your points are in balance
- I use it to generate awesome “quick glance” speaking notes (and no, I don’t mean the Notes handouts!)
With so much to offer — and such broad acceptance of PowerPoint in the business world — wouldn’t you like to learn how PowerPoint can enhance your next presentation?