I’ve talked quite a bit before about web conferencing and your PowerPoint presentations. We’ve looked at “Zen” presentations, using black slides, telling stories, and of course, the “Less is More” rule.
Well, I’d like to add to that illustrious list today with the help of a .pdf “ReThink!” PowerPoint presentation by Oliver Adria. The link puts you at the beginning of his slideshow that demonstrates as it explains a newer, more interesting kind of presentation. And following the eternal, Less is More, there are 76 .pdf pages, but they comprise at most 30 “slides.”
Adria breaks his presentation into three sections, Old Habits, One Message, and One Story. For this post, we’re going to concentrate on what he suggests to do with Old Habits… namely, dump them.
What does it mean to get rid of old PowerPoint habits? It means abandoning rules like, 7 words for each line, 7 lines for each slide, and only display each slide for 40 seconds each.”
One idea of course is to use Adria’s theme which is to not have a theme. His slides contain large fonts and small. His words appear in the right corner, left, bottom, top, and basically anyplace but where they’re expected. Pictures are used, but only occasionally and sporadically, and I think this increases their impact.
Abandoning old habits is difficult, but at least with PowerPoint habits, starting with a blank slate is already exactly what you have to do. There is a fine balance in creating PowerPoint presentations that have too much or not enough text to encourage the audience to follow along. The rules have changed and will change again before you realize it.
Look at new interactive services like Adobe Connect and WebEx, you can share pretty much anything you want with anyone you want. These kinds of products take your presentations to the next level and incorporate all the exciting parts of your webinar services.
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