Do’s and Don’t’s of Power Point Presentations

August 09, 2017 | Blog Admin | Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |


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PowerPoint presentations can be dull. But well designed slides can support the delivery of your presentation. Slides that are visual, catchy and easy to grasp are best. By observing some basic do’s and don’t’s you can make the difference with your presentation and pass your message.

Debora Kern, SDC Albania

When I was asked to do a presentation about do’s and don’t’s of PPPs, I was challenged. And I realized how the use of the tool has evolved since the late 90’s when most of us have started to use it.

Since the presentation software was created in the early 90’s by Microsoft- more than 1 billion of people have used it. PowerPoint Presentations (short PPPs) are loved or hated – there is nearly nobody in between. It is a fast, easy-to-use tool and gives a professional, business touch. But it can be as well boring and just indigestible – and more effective than many sleeping pills.

Here some tipps, that I gathered for my own presentation and handout (see below point 5).

Tips in a nutshell


Click on the picture for “Do’s & Don’t’s of PowerPoint”.


1. Start well: The first and last impression (primacy-recency effect) is the most important. Start with a story, important message and close the cercle at the end.

2. 10/20/30 rule: Never more than 10 slides, maximum duration of 20 minutes, and font never smaller than 30.

3. Photos and drawings are understandable in any language and tell you more than 1000 words: good quality pictures reach emotions.

4. Text slides shall be like traffic signs: Easy, big fonts, clear and easy to grasp.

5. Handouts and slides are not the same. We really care, if we prepare them separately.

6. Never read what is written on the slide; prepare your own notes to read.

7. We go for few but quality slides. We really have to respect the time slot. «Oh sorry, no time anymore» is a no go.

8. Independently of the 20 minutes the public needs breaks. Ask questions, prepare a black slide in between for a break.

9. One more thing: Steve Jobs ended his presentations always with “one more thing” – with a surprise. He never asked if anyone had questions or thank you for the attention – try to pass an important message at the end.

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Comments to“Do’s and Don’t’s of Power Point Presentations”

  1. Thank you Debora for this summary of a good PPP.
    I especially like: Text slides shall be like traffic signs!


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