This is Garr Reynolds, author of Presenation Zen, talking about how we learn in 2012. One of the things we really have to learn is this; our school experiences taught us lots of bad teaching habits.
Has the world got it yet? Have we all got it that when it comes to presentations – and particularly PowerPoint – that less is more?
Less stuff on the slides
Here are the links to the sites of two of the design gurus who are spreading the word.
Did you cringe? Did you smile? Look around the blog to see how to avoid a similar performance!
Make sure that your slides are not overloaded with information.
Make sure they are readable – font size and right colour.
Make them simple.
Reduce the amount of text on your slides.
Use images – PowerPoint is a visual medium.
Don’t overuse bullet points slides.
Use animation and sound effects very selectively.
Go for more white space.
Create interesting titles for your slides.
Consider when and if to hand out print-outs of your slides.
Remember in slideshow view you can use the B key to get a black screen
and press it again to bring the slide back. The same thing works with the W key
to get a white screen.
1. The 20 second rule.
If an audience have not completely understood what the slide is trying to tell them within 20 seconds the slide may need changing!
2.The Squint Test.
If an audience has to squint to read a slide it needs changing.