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  1. Mark Crotty

    Highly recommend “Presentation Zen” by Garr Reynolds. Great, great book on visual design for presentations. Very similar to your useful tips in here.

  2. Malyn Mawby

    Hi George,

    You certainly deliver good presentations so your tips definitely work.

    I just want to add that Google Images actually has a feature to filter on usage rights. Access ‘Advanced Search’ using the gear icon when on Google search and ‘usage rights’ is right at the bottom. The default is ‘not filtered by license’ but the options go up to ‘free to use, share or modify, even commercially’. A good resource not just for finding images but also to discuss different level of usage or even the value of ‘filters’.

    cheers,

    Malyn

    • David Lopez

      Mayln…ICYMI, the Bing Image search embedded in PP by default automatically filters for images with Creative Commons licenses and you can search all just by pressing one simple button at the bottom of the screen. BTW, interesting name, I like it!

  3. David Lopez

    Great article! I wanted to encourage any PowerPoint user to check out Office Mix (www.officemix.com) If you don’t know already, it is an amazing new plug-in from Microsoft Research that gives your PowerPoint super powers! Everywhere I introduce this, it gets rave reviews!

  4. paulbogush

    George, there is only one thing that can save any kind of presentation…a good story. A good story trumps fonts, images, and number of characters on a page. I have seen you talk once. I have no idea what was on the screen, but I still remember the story. I also remember seeing Will Richardson once and the power went out. His story stood up and his points were made despite the fact that he had no powerpoint to go along with it.

    When a powerpoint is put together to share content it will fail every time. Powerpoints should be put together to enhance an already well crafted story.

    If there is no story but content still has to be delivered? Then the presenter should just share it in a doc with the audience and let them go home early :)

  5. Stuart_W

    I couldn’t agree more. Your approach is similar to mine with Middle School students. A few of my guidelines are:

    1 The software is called PowerPoint not PowerSentence. Putting a dot in front of a sentence doesn’t make it a dot point. have less than 20 words per slide.

    2 Facts First then Format. Many middle school students focus on the appearance rather than the information. Getting the facts in first helps them to concentrate on what is important.

  6. Anna Shcherbatyh

    These 10 Ideas are mostly the same that I’d got preparing and showing Power Point in my lessons. I agree with you. Power Point is good enough. Thanks for your article!

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