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Have you ever felt trapped in a bad PowerPoint presentation? Ever listen to a speaker drone on like a zombie? Do boring uninspiring slides leave you feeling like the walking dead? Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie! Here are 6 tips to avoid Death by Powerpoint!

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Zombie PowerPoint by @ericpesik

  1. Destroy PowerPoint Zombies! by @EricPesik Have you ever felt trapped in a bad PowerPoint presentation? Ever listen to a speaker drone on like a zombie? Do boring uninspiring slides leave you feeling like the walking dead? Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie! Here are 6 tips to avoid Death by PowerPoint!
  2. Have you ever felt trapped in a bad PowerPoint presentation?
  3. What makes PowerPoint so unpleasant?
  4. Audience Complaints: (1) reading the slide, (2) text too small, (3) too many words, (4) overly complex diagrams, (5) poor color choice, (6) no clear purpose, (7) no flow of ideas; Data source: www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com
  5. The experience is so common there is a word for it “Death by Powerpoint”
  6. Are you a PowerPoint Zombie?
  7. Braaains!
  8. Are you a PowerPoint Zombie? (1) unclear purpose, (2) mind numbing wall of text and bullets, (3) ugly design, (4) unintelligible charts and graphs, (5) boring clipart and stock photos, (6) mindless rambling
  9. Are you a PowerPoint Zombie? (1) unclear purpose, (2) mind numbing wall of text and bullets, (3) ugly design, (4) unintelligible charts and graphs, (5) boring clipart and stock photos, (6) mindless rambling
  10. Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie!
  11. 6 tips to cure bad PowerPoint
  12. Zombie PowerPoint Symptom #1: Unclear purpose
  13. The Disease: Zombies have no purpose
  14. The Cure: Know your purpose - your presentation should have a clear flow and purpose
  15. Your purpose is not what you want to say
  16. Focus on your audience: (1) what do the want to hear? (2) what do they need to hear? (3) what is entertaining
  17. What is your one key takeaway point? Prepare you call to action!
  18. Audiences really want you to craft a clear message that has a flow and purpose. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com
  19. If you can’t clearly state what you want to accomplish, you are not ready. Postpone or cancel
  20. Once you know your purpose and key points, start planning in analog
  21. Turn off the computer. Don’t plan in PowerPoint
  22. Working in analog helps keep you focused and on point
  23. Why are audiences bored? Because they don’t understand the message and feel they are wasting their time. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com
  24. Anti-Zombie Tip No. 1 : Your presentation should have a clear flow and purpose
  25. Zombie PowerPoint Symptom #2: Mind numbing wall of text and bullets
  26. The Disease: Zombies vomit text and bullet points
  27. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  28. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  29. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  30. The Cure: B.L.U.F. - Bottom Line Up Front
  31. Place communications and recommendations at the beginning of each slide
  32. Then delete everything else on the slide
  33. Example: Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, . . . therefore, we should vaccinate against zombies
  34. Don’t do this
  35. Bottom line up front
  36. Vaccinate or Die!
  37. 1 BLUF per slide - 1 short line summarizing each conclusion or recommendations
  38. Think of you slides as a series of billboards
  39. One message per sign
  40. Make it big enough to be read from the back of the room
  41. Save the wordy details for your spoken delivery
  42. Or put it in backup slides
  43. If you ever hear yourself say, “I know you can’t read this,” just turn off the projector. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com
  44. Anti-Zombie Tip No. 2: BLUF Bottom Line Up Front
  45. Zombie PowerPoint Symptom No. 3: Ugly Design
  46. The Disease: Zombies don’t care about design
  47. The Cure: Blend text and images to illustrate your point - put creative thought into your design
  48. Look at other presentations for inspiration: Source: http://www.slideshare.net/featured/category/presentations-public-speaking
  49. Use “blank” page layout to create your own pages
  50. Use text creatively
  51. 95% of design is typography. Source: https://ia.net/know-how/the-web-is-all-about-typography-period
  52. This is Calibri; This is Times Roman; This is Arial; This is Comic Sans
  53. This is Face Your Fears; This is Troika; This is Berlin Sans
  54. This is also Troika
  55. This is also Troika
  56. This is also Face Your Fears
  57. Typical typeface, but color and size variation adds interest. From Asia’s Increased Competitive Landscape - HR Implications on Talent Attraction and Retention http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/asias-increased-competitive-landscape-hr-implications-on- talent-attraction-and-retention
  58. More typical typefaces with color and weight variation. From Effective Internal Controls by @EricPesik http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/effective-internal-controls-14459584
  59. Multiple typefaces. From Fighting Global Corruption by @EricPesik http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/fighting-global-corruption
  60. Multiple typefaces. From J.P. Morgan and the Princelings of China by @ericpesik http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/jp-morgan- and-the-princelings-of-china-by-ericpesik
  61. Unusual typefaces plus variation. From this presentation Zombie Powerpoint http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/zombie- powerpoint-by-ericpesik
  62. But don’t over-do it with too much variation. Stick to 2-3 fonts and colors
  63. According to Microsoft... at least 30 million PowerPoint presentations are made each day. Source: Alexei Kapterev, Death by PowerPoint http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint/
  64. Most use the same default templates, fonts, and colors
  65. Anti Zombie Tip No. 3: Use textual variation to enhance your message
  66. Zombie PowerPoint Symptom #3: Unintelligible charts and graphs
  67. The Disease: Zombies can’t communicate data
  68. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  69. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  70. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  71. The Cure: It’s not the numbers - it’s what the numbers mean - your data should support your message
  72. Use data to support your message. (1) Actual slide from a presentation, (2) The real message of all those numbers. Source: http://www.slideshare.net/thinkoutsidetheslide/the-state-of-financial-presentations-2014-survey-results
  73. Don’t read the numbers on the slide. Explain why the numbers are important. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com
  74. Case Study No. 1
  75. How often is executive management involved in bribery?
  76. Raw data from http://www.oecd.org/corruption/oecd-foreign-bribery-report-9789264226616-en.htm
  77. Typical default chart
  78. Re-colored to emphasize relevant data
  79. Do the math for the audience
  80. Info-Graphic Style
  81. Case Study No. 2
  82. Is internet usage associated with bribery?
  83. Raw data from http://www.acfe.com/rttn-archive.aspx
  84. Typical default chart
  85. Simplify
  86. Remove unnecessary elements
  87. Remove unnecessary elements
  88. Make it bigger
  89. Make it bolder
  90. I prefer sorting large to small
  91. Use color to emphasize relevant data
  92. Do the math for the audience
  93. Don’t tell the audience. Show the audience
  94. PowerPoint slides crammed with data in tiny, unreadable font... The result? Slides from Hell. - Prof. Stanley Ridgley, Drexel University, LeBow College of Business
  95. Anti Zombie Tip No. 4: It’s not the numbers. It’s what the numbers mean
  96. Zombie PowerPoint Symptom No. 5: Boring clipart and stock photos
  97. The Disease: Zombies don’t appreciate images
  98. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  99. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  100. Bad PowerPoint slide example
  101. Braaains!
  102. The Cure: Look for unusual images from alternative sources - use images that support your message
  103. https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/
  104. http://www.morguefile.com/
  105. http://picography.co/
  106. http://getrefe.tumblr.com/
  107. http://publicdomainarchive.com/
  108. Fill your full screen with action!
  109. ...or leave blank space for drama
  110. If you feel tempted to use a picture of two hands shaking in front of a globe, put the pencil down, step away from the desk, and think about taking a vacation... - Nancy Duarte, Source: Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery http://www.amazon.com/Presentation-Zen-Simple-Delivery-Edition/dp/0321811984
  111. Anti Zombie Tip No. 5: Look for unusual images from alternative sources
  112. Zombie PowerPoint Symptom No. 6: Mindless Rambling
  113. Braaains!
  114. The Disease: Zombies don’t plan or rehearse
  115. The Cure: Plan and rehearse your presentation - audiences expect better delivery skills
  116. Good presentations take time to prepare
  117. 86% of top executives say that communicating with clarity directly impacts their career and income. Yet only 25% spend more than 2 hours on ‘high-stakes’ presentations. - Jim Endicott, President of Distinction Communication, Inc. Source: http://www.distinction-services.com/dcoach/2012/02/23/insight-from-distinctions-2012-presentation-impact-survey/
  118. 55% of presenters spend little or no time practicing the delivery. - Jim Endicott, President of Distinction Communication, Inc. Source: http://www.distinction-services.com/dcoach/2012/02/23/insight-from-distinctions-2012-presentation-impact-survey/
  119. Braaains!
  120. The number one annoyance has not changed... The speaker read the slides to us. - Dave Paradi, ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com
  121. Presentations are becoming more popular, but they aren’t getting much better
  122. Be prepared
  123. Edit your slides
  124. Practice your speaking skills
  125. Watch http://www.ted.com/talks
  126. Send us people who can stand up and make a real presentation. We are tired of PowerPoint junkies... they need to also make great old fashioned presentations. - Prof. Farrokh Langdana, Rutgers Business School
  127. Anti Zombie Tip No. 6: Plan and rehearse your presentation
  128. Audiences deserve better
  129. Audiences expect better
  130. Escape the zombie horde!
  131. Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie!
  132. Review
  133. Anti-Zombie Tip No. 1 : Your presentation should have a clear flow and purpose
  134. Anti-Zombie Tip No. 2: BLUF Bottom Line Up Front
  135. Anti Zombie Tip No. 3: Use textual variation to enhance your message
  136. Anti Zombie Tip No. 4: It’s not the numbers. It’s what the numbers mean
  137. Anti Zombie Tip No. 5: Look for unusual images from alternative sources
  138. Anti Zombie Tip No. 6: Plan and rehearse your presentation
  139. Don’t be a PowerPoint zombie!
  140. If you like, please share
  141. About the Author: Eric Pesik is the Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Seagate Singapore International Headquarters Pte Ltd. He is also a former Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University at Buffalo School of Management, State University of New York, where he taught International Business Law, Politics, & Ethics in their international Executive MBA program at the SIM campus in Singapore. He has been a lawyer since 1997 and is admitted to the State Bar in California, the US Court of International Trade in New York, and the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. He is a sought-after speaker on legal and compliance issues. You can find many of his recent presentations on http://www.slideshare.net/ericpesik/presentations/ Disclaimer: This work represents the opinions of the author alone, and is not the opinion his employer or clients.
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