Common PowerPoint Mistakes to Avoid

I’m sure you’ve had to sit through dull PowerPoint presentations before. It seems like they go on forever and you barely retain any of the information. What a total waste of time right? If you concur, make your next presentation more exciting with some of the ideas below.

Don’t Forget Creativity

PowerPoint is very simple to use, but this doesn’t mean you should be lazy where creativity is concerned. Try to come up with imaginative ways to make your slides more appealing. Maybe use an interesting quote that relates to your subject, or use a mnemonic device to help retention. Don’t just put a bunch of slides up that have bullet points on them.

Instead, use the slides to highlight the most important and useful data. Don’t just use them as a way to show all the graphs you made, while describing what they mean.

Come with Solutions

Giving solutions or insights into the information you present is another way to make your PowerPoint noteworthy. If your meeting is not merely to inform your audience but get them to consider the data and perhaps come up with suggestions for improvement or change, get them thinking along the same lines as you by giving them some ideas to ponder.

If your PowerPoint presentation reveals that sales are down, be sure you follow up with your own belief on why sales have fallen and what the company can do to boost them. If sales are up? Provide information on how your company can preserve its momentum.

Don’t Get Too Fancy

We said to get creative but that doesn’t mean you should utilize all the gimmicks that PowerPoint offers. Many managers toss in needless or distracting images in an attempt to grab attention. Any unimportant images will only serve as a disruption. Then they will only remember the cute jumping dog in the corner of the slide rather than the information you were providing. A frequent mistake you will want to avoid as well, is reading the slides verbatim. Your audience does not want to read along with you. Instead, leave the slide up long enough for them to read the three bullets while verbally expanding on the single most important one. This way you can save your breath and avoid exhausting your audience’s attention span with redundancy.


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