I came across this post on Twitter from another person and wanted to share some old respectable advice from a trusted source: Seth Godin. Amazing, yet practical-dumb knowledge you are almost baffled that you didn’t take this in to consideration that last time you created one.
Here are the five rules you need to remember to create amazing PowerPoint presentations:
1. No more than six words on a slide. EVER.
2. No cheesy images. Use professional images from Corbis.com instead. They cost $3 each, or a little more if they’re for ’professional use’.
3. No dissolves, spins or other transitions. None.
4. Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never (ever) use the sound effects that are built in to the program. Instead, rip sounds and music from CDs and leverage the Proustian effect this can have.
5. Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They’re emotional, and they won’t work without you there. If someone wants your slides to show “the boss,” tell them that the slides go if you go.