Stop Death by PowerPoint


Remark: “If I can tell what program you used to make your slides, UR DOIN IT RONG”


  • use templates
  • read directly off your slides (use speaker notes instead)
  • put too much text on one slide
  • put too many images or overly complex diagrams on one slide
  • use too much animation
  • ineffective use of 3D in diagrams

some of the debates are more about presentation style and presentation content than the tool used. does powerpoint lower the bar enough that form is prioritized over content?

there are a few great examples that aren't all about simplification but instead about better presentation. edward tufte has many! – @fool

References mentioned by participants

Good advice about making presentations

  • Garr Reynolds and author of book “Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)”
  • Lawrence Lessig gives very good presentations.
  • Henry M. Boettinger, “Moving Mountains: Or the Art and Craft of Letting Others See Things Your Way”, book about how to motivate someone through a presentation.

Stock photos

  • stock.xchng makes it easy to search for photos by topic, e.g. search results for “teamwork” includes photo of two boys working together to build a snowman.
  • Creative Commons “dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.”
  • flickrcc “find photos on flickr that were released under the creative commons license”

Sites for sharing presentations

  • scribd “Scribd is the place where you publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents.”
  • slideshare “Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations and Word documents”
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