Friday Fun: PowerPoint Comedy

On Fridays I like to post something fun on my blog, as well as on social media.

Today I’ll share with you one of my favorite humorous videos on YouTube from comedian Don MacMillan, with “Life After Death by PowerPoint”.

While his routine is hilariously, over-the-top funny, there is also some seriousness to what he is showing on the slides.  How many times have you seen some of those problems in other people’s slide presentations?

Here are some of the mistakes you definitely should avoid in your multimedia presentations.

Excessive animation:  The occasional use of animation can help to emphasize a dramatic or important point.  However, too much animation will become annoying to your audience very quickly!

Flashy or wild animation:  Animations that create large movements on the screen or have objects or text spinning around or zooming in and out — these can all be extremely distracting to your audience.  If you are going to use an occasional animation, I recommend sticking to simple entry and exit, such as “Appear”, or slow-moving “Fly In” (in very small doses).

Bad color choices:  There are 2 important things to keep in mind with color on slides.  First of all, you need to ensure that your audience can easily interpret the objects and/or text on your slides.  This requires sufficient contrast with the background.

Secondly, you’ll want to choose color combinations that are not garish and unpleasant for your audience to view, such as lime green text on a red background.  My advice here is to stick to basic color combinations like dark blue on a pale blue background, dark brown or gray against a white background, or white on a dark background like black, dark gray, dark blue, or very dark red.

Excessive bullet points:  I would actually recommend no bullet points, instead displaying one idea per slide in a headline format.  But there are a few exceptions to that guideline when the use of bullet points on a slide is acceptable, such as listing benefits of a product or service.  Just be aware that, in a case like this, that you are asking your audience to read a sales letter on-screen.  While they are reading those bullet points, they are really not able to listen to what you’re saying!

To learn more about why I recommend creating your slides without bullet points, please check out some of my previous blog posts:

Why bullet points don’t work on slides

Are you making your audience multitask?

What makes a good presentation?

What to Use Instead of Bullet Points

7 Ways to Replace Bullet Points

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