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Averting Death by PowerPoint…

Over the years I have noticed a personal tendency (and with a survey of some of the video casts of sermons online I follow, I’m not alone) to fall towards a really poor presentation habit. I often read important facts and details off my charts. It is with this in mind that I chose to make a focused study for this year that should help me restrain from doing so.

Years ago I stuck up a dialogue with then blogger, now published author Garr Reynolds (the earlier book I mentioned is the byproduct of his old blog posts)

http://www.garrreynolds.com/preso-tips/

He advocates 3 core ideas:

  • Restraint in preparation
  • Simplicity in design
  • Naturalness in delivery

They are still relevant today, and for me will form the backbone of what I’m trying to accomplish.

Guy Kawasaki promoted the 10/20/30 rule

(Keep in mind his context, Venture Capital, is not our context)

I might bend it to say, 10 slides per 20 minutes, no less than 30 pt font.

“If “thirty points,” is too dogmatic, the I offer you an algorithm: find out the age of the oldest person in your audience and divide it by two. That’s your optimal font size.”

http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2005/12/the_102030_rule.html

That’s enough for today…

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