Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire
Microsoft Press, 2011)(
Some people say that you should never have more than six words in a PowerPoint bullet point and no more than six bullet points on a slide. I say that if you have that many words on a slide you haven’t created a slide, you’ve created speaker notes! Cliff Atkinson takes it even further and says you probably don’t need bullet points at all. The real eye opener for me was chapter 2 where the author describes the two channels of communication (visual and verbal) and details how our minds can’t comprehend both at once. That means that when you throw a new slide up on the screen your audience won’t hear what you’re saying until they finish reading the slide onscreen! An amazing revelation that changed the way I do presentations.