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YouSuck atPowerPoint!5 shocking design Mistakesyou need to avoid


People working in non-profits,government, schools and cubicles allaround the world hate PowerPoint,


ut it’s not PowerPointthat sucks.It’s the speaker (that’s you)who is responsible for usingit effectively.


Your slides are there tosupport you and unfortunatelyif they suck, so do you.


There are endless bookswritten on the topic by somevery smart people.But there are lots of ways ofdesigning a great lookingpresentation, and definitelymore than one opinion.Ultimately one of my favouriteways to learn is from otherpeople’s mistakes.So here are...


5 shocking designmistakes youneed to avoid


mISTAKE #1toomuchinfo


If you’re going to put word for word whatyou’re are going to say, hand over theslides and take a seat buddy.BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH


Putting all your pointson one slide sucks.You’re not giving a document,you’re giving a presentation.The more your audience has to readthe less they are listening to you.


A good trick is tokeep only one point per slide.This helps you with timing andkeeps people from skipping ahead.POINT 1 POINT 2SUBPOINTPOINT 3SUBPOINT


Effective communication isknowing what to cut out.Be a merciless editor andkeep it relevant.


While you’re at it...Get rid of your logo on every slide.Once or twice is ok.30 times? That sucks.Look at our BIG logo!We’re So BigInternational


notenoughvisualsmISTAKE #2


Visuals are more interesting than words.There are endless sources of images and videosyou can use to bring your presentation to life.


A good place to start is here:iStockPhoto.com:best for royalty free images ($$$)COMPFIGHT.com:best for Creative Commons images (free-ish*)If you’re going to use standard Microsoftclipart there’s no hope for you, sorry.*with conditions


You don’t have to usecheesy stock photos.(is it really that much funto work in a call center?)


Whichever visuals youuse just remember to...


Design for this guy.If it’s unreadable, don’t use it.


mISTAKE #3horriblequality


Pixelation sucks.


Use high-quality images at their right sizes.


With a bit of digging around it’seasy to find high-resolution images.


As for fonts, these are not your only option.TahomaMicrosoft Sans SerifArialVerdanaCourier NewTimes New RomanTrebuchet MSLucida ConsoleComic Sans MS


Google ‘beautiful fonts’ and you’ll find plenty ofhandpicked fonts by some very good designers.


Here’s an example of a free font that looks, um, delicious.


ALL-OVER-THE-PLACEmISTAKE #4


Be mindful of things like spacingand alignment.Keep everything nice and tidy.POINT 1


When you move your presentation from one machineto another you can lose some of that beautiful designyou’ve been working on. That can suck.To fix this, export your presentation asa PDF and present it full screen.It will look exactly the way you intended it toand you’ll be able to leave a copy behind.MY PRESENT-ATION


Having a consistent use of colors,images & alignment gives a cohesivelook to your presentation.It also helps to separate yourpresentation into sections.


Use a collection of images that belong together,


and always stick to a color scheme.


and the most common mistake...


mISTAKE #5lackof prep


Most presentations suckbecause not enough timewent into making them.You need to gather your content,create beautiful looking slidesand rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.... and not the night before.


get organizedand plan ahead.


86%of top executives say thatcommunicating with claritydirectly impacts theircareer and income.Yet only25%Spend more than 2 hours on‘high-stakes’ presentationsSource: www.distinction-services.com


An outstanding1 hour presentationcan take 30 hoursor more of prep time.Shocking I know.


ut It’s all worth it.Giving a ‘high-stakes’ presentation is your momentto shine, to influence and to spread ideas.How much is that worth to you?


If you’re uploading to slideshare a beautifully designedand well planned presentation might be seen byhundreds of thousands of people all around theworld.Put in the hours,give it everything you gotand present a work of art.


Design,don’t just slapsomething together.If your presentation sucks, don’t blame PowerPoint.


horribleQUALITYALL-OVER-THE-PLACELACK OFPREPLet’s recap:MISTAKESTO AVOIDToo muchinfoNOT ENOUGHVISUALS


I promise to neverdesign a presentationthat sucks ever again(you sign here)


Share this presentation with yourcolleagues, your boss or with thespeaker of that horrible presentationyou sat through last week.They will thank you, trust me.Together let’s rid the worldof PowerPoint that sucks.Click here to download:


thankyouJesse Desjardinstwitter.com/jessedeeslideshare.net/jessedee

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