Tips for Avoiding PowerPointlessness

  1. Identify the CORE of your idea
  2. Plan an elevator speech
  3. Plan analog - never on the computer
  4. Consider your audience
  5. Identify and plan within your constraints
  6. Create your own template - don't rely on the cognitive style of PowerPoint
  7. Keep the design simple - don't let the look detract from the message
  8. Emphasize visuals over bullet points
  9. Use high quality images, not cheesy clip art - find some here
  10. Don't create a "slide-u-ment" - think in terms of the slides, your notes, and a handout