I came across this article in CIO Magazine written by Sarah Jacobbson Purewal titled “The World’s Worst PowerPoint Presentations” and it made me think of all the boring corporate presentations I’ve had to sit through over the years.  I don’t think I can even name a handful of good PowerPoint presentations.  In fact, none come to mind. 

Look through the SlideShare presentation and see if you recognize any of the formats they show.  I remember a few.  If you’re in technology like I was you should see many that are familiar to you.  Then we wonder why we can’t get buy-in for our ideas and our projects.  The slides are so convoluted and full of either too many graphs or bullets that we’re lucky not to confuse ourselves not to mention our audience. 

Years ago I heard this great phrase that says that the confused mind says NO.   That’s why I think so many people shutdown and don’t pay attention in corporate meetings.  They’re confused with all the busyness in the slides.

Let’s do ourselves a favor and follow the KISS formula when we’re presenting.  Less is better.  By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 PowerPoint rule. In case you haven’t, he has a great suggestion about making presentations.  You should only have 10 slides, present your stuff in 20 minutes & use 30 pt font.  I’ve used, it works & it forces you to be succinct & to the point.  Try it and see if you cure Death by Powerpoint in your next presentation.

Happy Friday, everyone!