Presentation Tip #126: Use PowerPoint To Put Visuals Into Your Presentation

Beginners and advanced presenters can benefit from photos in their Power Point slides.Another thought from the last High Impact Presentations program about PowerPoint.

When creating your message, you essentially have three types of element at your disposal:

In the High Impact Presentations program, we help participants design their presentations. In the process, we’ve seen slides that could best be described as a PowerPoint book with a fancy background. Keep in mind that PowerPoint is essentially a visual medium. It can convey a lot more feeling and power using visual imagery over using words alone.

If you really need to use words, the recommendation we use is the 6X6 rule. That is, 6 words per line, 6 lines per slide.

But words have to be read, a linear process, and that takes time.

People process visual imagery holistically and it’s done a lot faster than reading words. Let the slides deliver the full impact of the message quickly with visual drawings and photos.

After all, a picture is worth a thousand words and using pictures on a screen can make a bigger and longer-lasting impression over just using words alone.

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