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PowerPoint Best Practices 
“People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” Steve Jobs

He said it, not me. However, if you want to use a couple of slides, these two guidelines will bring you into the 21st century:

1. Use headlines, not titles. Headlines are 6-10 words long and create a full sentence. Examples:
  • “We made money last year” (NOT “Metrics”)
  • “Sand the walls before painting” (NOT “First Steps”)
WHY? Audience members should be able to comprehend your story by reading the headlines alone.

2. Use images in the body, instead of words. Place the image as close to the headline as possible.

WHY? The brain easily absorbs and understands a meaningful sentence when it is supported by a relevant image, photograph, illustration, or graph.

It’s up to YOU, presenters, to know what you’re talking about. Remember: slides are support, not an end in themselves.

Want to be a better presenter?
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