Nine steps to PowerPoint magic (and Seth's Best of 2008)

When I blogged about All Marketers are Liars, I had indicated I was a fan of Seth's opinions, not just that book. I follow Seth's blog regularly and thought his "best of 2008" worth sharing.

Of particular note is the blog on Really Bad PowerPoint and it's close relative, Nine Steps to PowerPoint magic.

I think Seth takes a point and sharpens it to such a fine point in order to absolutely guarantee it breaks through. Therefore perhaps a few of these suggestions can be casually applied. :-)

Having said that, how many presentations have you sat through as a conference/meeting attendee that just plain sucked? As Seth says: "Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited (or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are)."

Perhaps a tactic I'll employ in 2009 is to send people these articles as part of my MS Outlook meeting acceptance email. :-)

For the next big presentation you are asked/invited to do, try the points Seth outlines:
  1. Use cue-cards. I cheat and use the presenter notes in PowerPoint;
  2. Make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them. I love using pictures instead of words/bullet points; and
  3. Create a written document to leave-behind. I really need to do this more as I just can't help myself in trying to pack in as much data as possible (I'm a detail person!!);

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