Present Differently 7 Deadly Sins of PowerPoint
“…It encourages presentation, not conversation… a strong presentation is designed to close down debate, rather than open it up.” [source] Sherry Turkle, PhD[more]
Think – Pair - Share • Characteristics of worst and best presentations you have seen .
Sin #1 Too much text
Keep it Clean! Use brief phrases… • Don’t use too much clutter! • Remember most users SCAN not read! • Keep in mind basic newspaper or magazine layout – highlight important stuff, minimize the least important stuff! Putting too much text on the screen does not work and may be contrary to your objectives. If the amount of information you want people to read is greater than four or five lines of short bullets, then use handouts so they can take the notes home with them and read them after your presentation. Assume that your audience wants to listen to and see you and not a completely filled page. Handouts with space for notes are a good alternative to a complete verbatim script, unless you’re quoting from a literary text. Keep the goal of your presentation in mind and use this to help create an environment to communicate this. Always ask some people to look at what you have created and ask for feed back – even ask them pointed questions! Keep in mind that legal documents usually look like this – now you know why – they are hoping that you don’t read it! So if you have something important to say – be precise and to the point.
Sin #2 Excessive and useless image use
If your image isn’t enhancing your content; it is distracting from it!
Sin # 3 Colors that are hard to see, read, or distract
Use Color Wisely! DON’TOVERDOIT! You may have lots of colors available, but you don’t have to use them all!
Sin #4 Excessive bullet points
Important to Know! • Important • Point #1 • Important Point #2 • This is crucial • So notice this bullet • Actually this is important • Also so See me! • No, see me! • This is not as important • Let’s not leave out • This crucial item also • Somewhat important • Bullet points • Highlight • Unless of course • There are too many • To notice one • Points can’t be • Seen when hidden among • Too many bullets • Defeats the purpose • Bullet points • Highlight • Unless of course • There are too many • Bullets are supposed to highlight • The important • Messages • So keep them short • Keep them few
Sin #5 Animation overload
Basic Design Principles • Move the reader with transitions but don’t over do the special effects • Page transition effects should complement your meaning not distract • Animations can enhance a presentation but they can also distract! • use color that allows the student to read without eyestrain • colors that have high contrast are easier to read - especially from a distance
Sin #6 Poor font decisions
Sin #7 Spelling
Spil Check I’m in axpert in mi fild, I sware! • When uprisent • You cendiscredet yourself befor you speek • Cheek your speeling
2004 Tsunami Natural Disasters in the World • December 26, 2004 • Indian Ocean • Earthquake 9.0 Richter scale • Traveled 3,000 miles • 150,000 people died • 50’-60’ waves
Tsunami 2004 Banda Aceh northern shore detail, 2004, before and after the tsunami [source]
Civil Rights Movement A look at Martin Luther King, Jr.
I Have a Dream • Delivered August 28, 1963 • Martin Luther King, Jr. • March on Washington • Beacon of Hope • Still not free
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