Tune in (on the radio or via live streaming from the WOSU website) during the 11 a.m. hour to hear them.
Debra and Betsy offer these 5 fast fixes to improve your PowerPoint decks:
- Structure: Start with a powerful story that has a clear beginning, middle, and end
- Signal: Give people chapter headings to help them follow your story
- Simplify: Take complex subjects and unpack them in a way that the audience can easily understand your meaning
- Reduce the text: Give people the highlights — what’s most essential
- Three-second rule (if people can’t understand a graphic, photo or other complex visual slide in three seconds, it’s usually best to rethink the slide)
And five other tips:
- Templates are evil: Think of each slide more creatively and artistically
- Drop the clip art: Use real photos instead (be sure to check the copyright)
- Beware of the pretty people: If you have an authentic message, why use staged photos?
- Avoid the web: When possible, embed videos or web visits instead of relying on an Internet connection during a presentation
- Slides aren’t handouts: Links or other detailed information belong in a handout, not in your slides