Last week I was so pleased with myself for my maiden voyage of simultaneously talking and powerpointing for my feng shui class that perhaps I was overly presumptuous in calling myself a Powerpoint Potentate: Presentation Priestess.
Well, at least I did not use clip art. I did not use overly wordy slides. I did not use wild wipes and noisy animations. I knew those were non-nos. And I had some very lovely photographs to illustrate some of my points.
But now, having poked around a bit on the web for Powerpoint pointers, and discovering two of Garr Reynolds‘ websites, I see I have miles to go. I’m not talking about doing fancy photoshopped art, jazzy fonts, fades, etc. It’s about simplicity, using the least possible material in the most impactful way. (His blog is called Presentation Zen – way cool. He has a book by the same name which I just ordered. I know when I need to eat humble pie.)
In one set of three slides he shows about gender inequality in Japan. First example is typical headline and bullet points. Next example says, “72% of the part-time workforce in Japan are women,” over a dark background with a woman off to the side. Final example (same background of woman) in HUGE text : just says 72%. Pow! The slide emphasizes the message graphically, but YOU are the messenger.
I’m excited about improving my skill with inspiration like this.