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  • So how do you give a great PowerPoint presentation?

  • PowerPoint is a great tool. It's great for audiences. It's great for speakers. Except

  • for when it's abused and misused. And you know the result. The result is you fall asleep.

  • Everyone falls asleep. PowerPoint is a very misused tool, but it doesn't mean PowerPoint

  • is bad. PowerPoint can be extraordinarily effective for you if you follow a few simple

  • rules.

  • For starters, you need to narrow the focus of your speech to a handful of key points.

  • What you can't do is just gather up every single fact, every single number that your

  • department has worked on for the last year, and cram it all into a bunch of PowerPoint

  • slides and quickly read it to people. If you're just using it as a data dump you're going

  • to put everybody to sleep.

  • The most effective way to use a PowerPoint slide is to focus on a few simple rules. For

  • starters, one idea per slide. Now, let me say that again. Literally one idea per slide.

  • So, what does that mean? That means if you have a heading and six bullet points that's

  • six ideas. That's not one idea. So, the basic concept is one idea per slide.

  • Use images rather than text. Now, hey, I'm a text guy. I've written eight books. I like

  • to read books. I'm not anti-text. But think about it. Your whole life when you like to

  • read text, do you really like to read a screen fifty feet away while someone's talking to

  • you and turning the pages? Of course not. When you like to read you hold a book, or

  • an iPad, or a computer screen this far away. You want quiet. And you want to turn your

  • own pages. So it is simply not effective to use a PowerPoint as a way of throwing up a

  • lot of text.

  • The best way to use a PowerPoint is to supplement your messages with images to drive your messages

  • to the audience so they remember it. Remember, you're not really giving a PowerPoint presentation.

  • I don't give PowerPoint presentations. I use PowerPoint, but I'm giving a T.J. presentation.

  • You're giving a Samantha presentation. You have to make your ideas come alive. You have

  • to give examples with stories. Then, if you have a visual to make that idea come alive,

  • to make it more memorable, put the visual up. That can help you dramatically.

  • When you're speaking you shouldn't have a PowerPoint slide up. If there's a PowerPoint

  • slide up close your mouth and let people look at it.

  • Finally, the biggest tip of all, realize you can have two separate PowerPoints. You can

  • have the traditional PowerPoint with lots and lots of bullet points, lots of text. E-mail

  • that to people in advance. Give it as a handout. But the PowerPoint you actually project on

  • a big screen in front of people should be stripped away of words and should focus on

  • one image per screen, one idea per screen. If you do that you will give a great PowerPoint

  • presentation.

So how do you give a great PowerPoint presentation?

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