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The Point to Powerpoint

March 27, 2008

Yesterday I attended a meeting and the speaker was using powerpoint as his visual aid. At one point I thought I was there for an eye examination as the type was so small I had to really concentrate on what was up there, and so today I thought I would mention a little bit about powerpoint.

Remember to ask yourself why you are using powerpoint, is it to cover up the fact that you haven’t prepared well enough for your presentation. Visual aids are only there to assist your message, not be the message.

  • When using powerpoint use Sans Serif fonts because we are use to seeing blocks of text with this font from reading newspapers.
  • Use 30 point text – this is not too big or too small for the eyes
  • Use no more than 6 words per line, and no more than 6 lines per page
  • Use colour wisely – yellow and pink may look good on the computer screen but not when shown on a larger screen.

Remember that people can read what is on the screen quicker then you can speak, so you may have to reveal information a step at a time.

I love this clip on youtube, it is from comedian Don McMillan on How NOT to use powerpoint.

If the┬álink doesn’t work, you can go to youtube and search for the clip, trust me, it is well worth the effort.