If I was a betting man, I’d bet PowerPoint is going to turn mankind into zombies. Why are we so addicted to using PowerPoint (or anything showing slide after slide of bulleted information) when our initial gut reactions to viewing one is dread? Maybe it’s because PowerPoint is our only real experience with information presentation—introduced first in school and then reinforced at work. If you’ve become a bullet point abuser or just want to spice up your presentations, check out these great tips on creating non-zombifying presentations.
Presentation Zen - Presentation Zen contains a wealth of information on creating professional presentations. Two of their articles which recently caught my eye are Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic and Living large: “Takahashi Method” uses king-sized text as a visual. I would highly recommend subscribing to this blog.
Powerful Pointers for Presenters - A great list of articles and sites related to improving presentations.
Beyond Bullets - People Communicating with People - Beyond Bullets talks a lot on how we can use PowerPoint to be more than bland bullet point presentations.
Really Bad Powerpoint - This pdf by Seth Godin talks about Powerpoint mistakes and how to fix them.
Garr Reynolds - Garr Reynolds, the man behind Presentation Zen also has a personal website Including tips on organization, presentation, and slide creation. There are also some great sample presentations you might want to check out.
The “Change Upâ€ in Lectures - Don’t worry, you’re not the only person dying of boredom in those long lectures. This article is a little dated but does a great job of explaining why our attention span is so short and how lecturers can liven up a presentation.