What is Death by PowerPoint?
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Imagine that you’re going to give a conference in an important meeting, and you’re going to use some powerpoint presentations that you made the day before. But, through the middle of the reunion people start to fall asleep slowly, and others leave the room due to an irremediable feeling of boredom. If you’ve ever lived this situation, you know what we’re talking about when we say ”Death by Powerpoint”, a term invented by Angela R. Garber.
This situation can be produced due to an information overload and lack of simplicity, essay and structure. In your Powerpoint presentations, the amount of effects, sounds or images can be the less important thing. If you know how to talk to an expectant audience, you can make your presentations more simple and entertaining.
The image above is self explanatory about PowerPoint and Death by PowerPoint. Lot of people uses PPT presentations in a way that they just read lot of full text in the slide, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. In the cartoon above we can see the slide #75 with lot of text and a policemen with a police ribbon that says Crime Scene Do not Cross.
To fight against Death By PowerPoint, we recommend you some tips:
- Include less written information than images. If you know how to explain things with schemes and simple concepts, you will have the audience in your pocket.
- Include more slides, distributing the information through the whole presentation. This will end with information overload.
- Learn how to talk to big audiences, practice and remove the feeling of shame. Take your time and make people interested in what you’re talking about.
- Remember that a bad presentation leads to bad comunication, and that will mean less money and sales.
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