Most people who’ve endured a terrible PowerPoint presentation would have experienced boredom followed by frustration leading to anger over the time wastage, which will never come back.
To be honest, make slides with fewer images and text. One should look to avoid text and add simple photos which enhance the meaning and employ the method of storytelling to keep the audience captivated by the presentation. Swedish crowd-sourcing photo database, Pickit suggests that presentations are best with the use of bullet points – the stalwart of PowerPoint presentations and one needs to avoid cogs, people holding hands around a globe, thumbs up and handshakes.
Thus to avoid death by PowerPoint, here are the five tips that will surely help your next slide be the one to keep the audience captivated,
1)1 + 1 = 0
When asked to focus on multiple things, people have missed out on some (or all) of the information presented.
Hence comes the rule, one message per slide, ensuring that if there are two paragraphs in a slide with a different meaning, push one in the other so that the focus remains on one and not letting people remember almost nothing (= 0).
2) Images + bullet points > sentences
PowerPoint was originally invented; to become a tool for visual representation of the content and keep the speaker to narrate. Hence by creating slides with too much text, makes it impossible to read. What we need is a way which makes the audience understand us easily and quickly, and the best way is to avoid the mistake mentioned, keeping the true meaning of PowerPoint alive.
3) Use size to your advantage
The attention of the audience is always drawn to the large items.
So why don’t we use this to our advantage? Making smaller headlines and drawing the audience’s attention particularly to where it is required.
Hence, the most important part of your PowerPoint should also be the biggest one in the slide.
4) Contrast is important
Always remember, Contrast controls your focus.
It’s essential to create a contrast between what the audience needs to have their focus on and what not. This is where the rule of contrast comes into play.
5) 6 is the perfect number (of objects per slide).
An average of two seconds to count the circles in the first picture, 1-2 seconds for the seconds and close to 1 second for the third. Showing the huge difference needed to count seven and six objects.
Hence the message,
– For 7 (or more) items, people need to count it.
– For 6 (or less), people just need to see.
“Therefore, six items are the maximum you can have in one slide.”
To sum up, these tips are quite simple, but their results are extraordinary making your presentations impactful and captivating. Always remember to keep one message/slide, add images & bullets instead of sentences, make big the most important part, experiment with contrast & add six items per slide.