Ouch! You tested POSITIVE for a bad case of Sleepy Slide Syndrome. Use the tips below to get better - promise you'll follow the doctor's advice!
Our test suggest that you’re not gravely ill, but you might still spread some contagious bad practices in slide design. To stop the spread of bad slides, please inoculate yourself with the tips below and you’re well on your way to a healthy presentation!
You are the presentation master! But even when you’re not sick, it’s good to learn how to stay healthy. There are always things to improve - are you sure you follow all the tips below?
This is true in the sense that it matters what kind of title you use. Use a title that gives a conclusion about the slide content rather than a general description. So for instance ‘Medical Scientists use more pictures on their slides than social scientists’, instead of ‘Results’.
As mentioned before in question 2, it is better to use pictures on your slides, and limit the amount of words. If you have to use difficult terms and can’t find an appropriate synonym, you might want to show these words on a slide. But don’t overdo it!
To be honest, this is often a superfluous slide. You can convey this overview yourself, with a little explanation here and there about what to expect. Moreover, most content slides use very generic chapter titles like ‘Results’ and ‘Conclusion’, so what is the added value of visual support (or rather distraction)?
It may seem like a nice gesture, but the feeling it evokes in the audience is more ‘how many slides I have still to powerthrough’ or ‘Jeez, slide 23 out of 80, and we’re already nearing the end of the time slot!’ than ‘would you look at that, we’re at slide 23 out of 80’. It has a noble thought behind it, but why not just keep their attention with a good story? In addition, there is the issue of spare slides that you may use for questions, that inflate the number of slides and discourage your audience even more.
We are truly sorry for this, but if you thought that making a PowerPoint presentation is already a lot of work, this message may come as a disappointment. You need to make a PowerPoint presentation for a live audience with lots of functional pictures and a minimum of text. Because you are the star and you will tell the story. The slides with pictures are there to support the information process of the audience which are listening and looking at the slides at the same time. Those who were not present need extra text to understand some of the presentation. Including the text on the slides for a live audience is doing them a disfavor.