Friday, February 02, 2007

Seth Godin doesn't hate Powerpoint

But bad Powerpoint slides get his goat - as they should. Seth's five rules for amazing Powerpoint presentations.

  1. No more than six words on a slide. EVER. There is no presentation so complex that this rule needs to be broken.
  2. No cheesy images. Use professional stock photo images.
  3. No dissolves, spins or other transitions.
  4. Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never
    use the sound effects that are built in to the program. Instead, rip
    sounds and music from CDs and leverage the Proustian effect this can
    have. If people start bouncing up and down to the Grateful Dead, you’ve
    kept them from falling asleep, and you’ve reminded them that this isn’t
    a typical meeting you’re running.
  5. Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there.

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