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)
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.”
That’s enough for today…