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Take the PowerPoint Toxicity Test!

In our last newsletter, we introduced the concept of Toxic PowerPoint (see previous newsletter). Now we'd like to share with you a simple test you can take to help determine if the PowerPoint slides you're creating are less than good for your audience! The Test Answer Yes or No to the following questions: Do you…
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Remedies for Toxic PowerPoint

Our last newsletter challenged you to take the PowerPoint Toxicity test (here is that newsletter if you missed it). We also promised you in that last newsletter to give you some remedies for some of these bad habits we use that create Toxic PowerPoint.   Here is a review of question number one from our…
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Do Most of your Slides Contain Bullet-point lists?

The Cure for Bad PowerPoint, Remedy #2 If you've received and read our last couple newsletters, you know we've been discussing ways to improve PowerPoint presentations, so the audience doesn't consider them "toxic." (Here's a link to the first remedy we shared.)   This is question number two from our Toxic PowerPoint Self Test (and…
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Explain Your Thoughts and Ideas with Pictures Instead of Words

The Cure for Bad PowerPoint, Remedy #3 In our last few newsletters, we've been discussing ways to improve PowerPoint presentations, so the audience doesn't consider them "toxic." Today we're going to cover question number three from our Toxic PowerPoint Self Test. (Here is a link to the whole test if you want to see it…
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The Cure for Bad PowerPoint, Remedy #4

Recently, we've been discussing ways to improve PowerPoint presentations, so the audience doesn't consider them "toxic." This newsletter addresses question number four from our Toxic PowerPoint Self Test. (Here is a link to the whole test if you want to see it again.) Are your animations cool, but not meaningful? If you learn a new…
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Give the Audience an Agenda

The Cure for Bad PowerPoint, Remedy #5 Well, folks, we're ready to share our final Toxic PowerPoint remedy. If you've missed the test we published a while back (on how to tell if your PowerPoint is "toxic"), here is a review of the test.   Do you give the audience an agenda at the beginning,…
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For great PowerPoint design, get your images out of the “box”

Many of you who've worked with Spoken Impact or have reviewed our PowerPoint samples know that our approach to designing visuals goes beyond bullet points of text on a slide with a picture squeezed in somewhere. Sometimes the hardest part of designing a great presentation is coming up with creative ideas. So this article will…
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The Dos and Don’ts of WordArt

Most of you who have explored PowerPoint have probably stumbled across a tool found on the Drawing Toolbar called WordArt. Many who have discovered this tool have used it to create things like this: Using WordArt with styles right out of the WordArt gallery is the same as using clip art. A practice we don't…
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Use gradients to add flair to your design

We're often asked, 'how did you do that?' when sharing our PowerPoint designs. And very often, the answer is relatively simple. This article will address a simple-but-effective method of taking your slide design to the next level, by adding gradients to the graphical elements. Let's say you have a slide that looks like this: It's…
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More design tricks

More than once I've seen a PowerPoint slide that made me say, "Wow, how did they do that?" And what I've discovered is that very often the "tricks" are pretty simple. Today, we're going to share a design idea that will help give your slides a wow factor. In our last newsletter, we encouraged you…
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