Carmine Gallo has been authoring some amazing posts that bring up the right questions we need to ask ourselves.
In this new article, he has some thoughts to share about PowerPoint, “PowerPoint is a blessing and a curse for business professionals. Most of us use it to convey information, but many of us are bored to tears when we watch the finished product. The problem is not in the software itself, which can be an incredibly valuable tool to enhance the transfer of knowledge. It’s how we use it. As a communications coach, I face mind-numbing presentations that I know can be made much more engaging, effective, persuasive, and exciting with some simple fixes. Let me give you an example. I was asked by Goldman Sachs investment bankers to prepare a CEO for his company’s IPO road show.”
Carmine then adds, “Write your presentation’s story first and consider the slides complimentary to your message. By building too many slides, adding too much information to the slides, and reading the text on the slides word for word, you force the audience to focus on the slides instead of you.”