Death by PowerPoint! As Crime Prevention Officers, we usually have to give public presentations regularly as part of our jobs. I’ve had to sit through enough horrible PowerPoint presentations that I swore I would do my best not to bore others to death when I have to give a presentation. That’s why a few years ago I started researching methods to improve my slides when I have to use PowerPoint, or its Apple equivalent Keynote.
One of the more helpful resources I discovered was Nancy Duarte’s book. Among other mistakes, I found I was using too many words on the slides. The chapters on how to reduce word count, restrained text animation, and how to treat your audience were worth the price of the book. I’m still going back and modifying presentations I made before I bought the book so my slides aren’t perfect yet. But they’re better than they were before!