How to Avoid Death-by-PowerPoint
After attending Amber Naslund & Jay Bear’s NOW Revolution book tour event, I was struck by how strong their presentation was. Amber and Jay were great on stage, and their slides were amazing. At the end of the presentation they thanked Ethos3 for making their slides. You can imagine my excitement when the CEO of Ethos3, Scott Schwertly, announced a free webinar! Here were my takeaways.
- When you sit down to start a presentation, get out of the habit of opening up a blank PowerPoint. Instead, get out a notepad and get started on the creative process.
- Have a theme that will apply to both the content & the design. Your one-word theme could be something like “grow” or “empower.” Pull out a thesaurus to find related words to use in your presentation.
- Create an outline like you did in grade school. Your presentation should have a thesis with three supporting points.
- Less is more. The best slides I’ve seen have had less than 10 words per slide.
- There is no excuse for using clip art, word art, or a generic PowerPoint template.
- Stretch out your content. Scott had 315 slides for a 45 minute long webinar.
- An image as the background of a slide with a few words written in interesting type is key to a visually pleasing, and simple, slide.
- Steve Jobs speaks at the level of a 5th grader during his presentations. This is no insult to his intelligence; he has a huge ability to connect as a presenter.
- Love your audience. If you love them and want to connect, you will want to practice at least 7 or 8 times.
- Speak slowly. Also, the more you practice, the less likely you are to speed through your presentation.
This is just a bit of the information that Scott has to share.
Watch it Yourself!