Earlier this week I was perusing a communications magazine on a colleagues desk awaiting the commencement of a meeting. The article that caught my eye was on the effective use of Powerpoint/Keynote.Nothing new, yet still so relevant a reminder. Some key points:

  • Powerpoint should only be used to enhance your message.
  • It shouldn’t be a prop or set of notes for you to read directly.
  • People in business are sick to death of sitting through ineffective presentations.
  • If not used effectively, Powerpoint can actually detract from your communication.

The author suggests:The 10 – 20 – 30 rule for PowerPoint Presentations.10 Slides Maximum20 minutes maximum presentation time.30 point should be the MINIMUM size of any text.UPDATE -  Found a Youtube video that talks about the same thing.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liQLdRk0Ziw&hl=en&fs=1]

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