Let’s say it’s a hot, August day. You’re in your office’s boardroom, the windows won’t open and the A.C. is on full blast. The environment is stale. You have to give a 20 minute Power Point presentation on the latest figures your Sales Department has pulled in. You start with one slide; it’s light blue, it’s neon green, it’s yellow and it has words on it. The next slide; also light blue, has a bullet point for every idea or issue you’ve brought up. The next one; you’ve upped the anti on the animation and graphics. The next one; it looks like you’ve essentially written out an essay on one slide.
Take a look at your audience – some of them have that ‘glazed over’ look, some of them are looking out the window and some of them just look confused. This is a result of the classic ‘Death by Power Point’ – which is a criticism of slide-based presentations that refers to the state of fatigue and boredom brought on by information overload during presentations.
Don McMillan is a Corporate Comedian and explains the hilarious every day trials of a typical Power Point:
Slide-based presentations don’t have to be super stiff, but they don’t have to be super wild either. Take the simple approach; make your points clear and concise, add a splash of colour but don’t overload your slide with too many visuals. Finally, remember to breathe and smile because you’re the one they’re here to see!
For more on Don McMillan, check out his website here.