Rethinking the Presentation

Business Week’s article “Rethinking the Presentation”supports the presentation principles that I’ve covered in past sermons blog entries. In summary, the article reinforces the mantra: avoid bullet points, cut the noise, picture superiority, and other facets of the new design methodology.

As a team member on a redesign of our new employee orientation presentations, we featured many of these techniques, starting with our redesign process (we created a paper prototype storyboard by laying out sample content pages), to elimination of noise (killed untold graphics, charts, extraneous text, unnecessary transitions), to elimination of bullet points in favor of images (in one slide, we transformed a boring list of bullets into a “tipping the scales” metaphorical visual).

Feels good to win just one more battle in this ongoing war against bad PowerPoint.

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