Incomprehensible PowerPoint advice

Why your PowerPoint slides should NOT make much sense …

Over on Slate there’s a nice little slideshow about making PowerPoint presentations that don’t bore your audience into a coma.

In short, the advice is to make your slides incomprehensible.

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Well, not quite. The idea is that the slide content should complement or support what you are saying; but not repeat it.

If you’re reading out the same words that are on the slide, then people will focus on the slide and that’s the fast track to a comatose audience.

PowerPoint has the presenters view with plenty of space for speakers notes to complement each slide. 

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Use the speakers notes to remind you about what to say that works with the slide.