Reports of PowerPoint’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated*

It’s become a joke to get up after a boring presentation and tell someone you experienced “death by PowerPoint”. But don’t think PowerPoint is going away anytime soon as a presentation format, despite what you read or hear.

In an earlier post we discussed the logistics of preparing for a presentation. In this post, you will find tips on how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will have people on their feet – applauding you and not heading for the door.

The Growth of Webinars

PowerPoint has no doubt grown in usage because of the huge popularity of webinars — for web-based seminars. Many presenters who are procrastinators find PowerPoint presentations easier to create last-minute than old-fashioned slides that required more work and a longer lead time. …Read more…

Visuals in a Presentation Should Entertain as Well as Inform

An interview with Judith Bookbinder, Vice President, Creative Communications, Hearst Magazines

A good presentation needs to be staged. Your audience needs to be comfortable with where they are. A good presenter sets up a premise, then discusses it and wraps it up. If you don’t, then the audience feels like they’re on a journey but they don’t know where they’re going.

I have certain rules I always follow. Less is better. Never have more than three bullet points with no more than five words for each point (unless it’s someone’s title). Any more than that, you’ll find people are reading while you’re presenting. You’re making them not pay attention to you. A compelling presentation includes a mixture of visuals and bullet points. …Read more…