Heaven High! It’s Friday, can you believe it? I don’t know about you but this week seemed to take forever for me. I love being busy and often it makes my day just speed on by but this past week, it made my day just drag along. I’m just lucky that I love my job, or else I would have had a miserable week.
How was your week? Did it speed by or did it just drag like mine?
I don’t want to bog your Friday down with a bunch of information about work, since most of you will are looking forward to the weekend (I know I am!). Today I wanted to talk about one small part of presentations: PowerPoints.
A lot of presenters stress the importance of a good PowerPoint presentation.
If your slides are all out of whack, you will be too. Unfortunately, this is somewhat true – unless you’re prepared and have a good back-up plan.
The advice that I have seen – over and over again – is:
Use no more than 10 slides in a PowerPoint presentation. Don’t go longer than 20 minutes. No slide should have more than six bullet points. Use only six words per bullet point.
While this advice has lasted throughout the years and has proven to be effective, I can break it down into three simple rules with each rule being only one word. Ready?
Fun, Punchy, Visuals
Yes, you can even take it as one phrase:
Fun, Punchy Visuals!
PowerPoint presentations are a great tool for any presentation but they can get complicated and bog you down if you don’t do it right. So how do you do a PowerPoint “correctly”?
You have fun with it!
Just like with any other type of presentation, if you’re not having fun the audience will feel it and they won’t have fun either.
I’ve had many different presentations over the years. I was a student and a teacher; I’ve been in front of people my whole life. While I wasn’t always a strong speaker (I normally have the voice of a mouse and the stage presence of a deer in headlights), with the right tools and people to back me up, I can feel right at home in front of an audience.
One of my favorite presentations was a PowerPoint presentation. In college we made presentations that presented our Bucket Lists to the class. It was wonderful. I had a blast researching it and presenting it to the class. The class could tell that I had fun too – they could tell because of my punchy delivery, the appealing visuals that I chose, and because I was smiling the entire time. My professor even told me that I was smiling through the slides.
For some of the slides, I didn’t follow the 6×6 rule (six bullets with a max of six words each) but it was still a powerful and effective presentation because I was as energetic and informative as my slides.
Remember: Fun. Punchy. Visuals.
All right, before I go I’m going to leave you with one last tip. If you want to give a good PowerPoint presentation, you have to be a great presenter and you can do that by picking up Thom’s book. The best part? He’s offering it to you FOR FREE! Yep, all you have to do is click that big, beautiful, green button below:
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All right, have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend everyone! Get some rest and have some fun! B BOP!