Presentation software can be a wonderful tool if used correctly. It can also be a dangerous distraction that interferes with communication rather than facilitating it. The line between the two is thin.
Here are the five rules you need to create a remarkable PowerPoint
- No more than six words on a slide. EVER.
- No cheesy images. Use professional images from istockphoto.com or corbis.com instead. They have royalty free images if you register.
- No dissolves, spins or other transitions. None.
- Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never (ever) use the sound effects that are built-in to the program. Instead, rip sounds and music from CDs and leverage the Proustian effect this can have.
- Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They’re emotional, and they won’t work without you there. If someone wants your slides to show “the boss,” tell them that the slides go if you go.