The One Time I Love Cluttered PowerPoint Slides

Clutter: To fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.

Disordered. Impede. Reduce. With a definition like that—provided in this case by Merriam-Webster—it’s no wonder our culture views clutter with contempt.

So it’s no surprise that when it comes to PowerPoint design, virtually every expert advocates simplicity and the generous use of white space. That’s good advice—most of the time. But there’s one time I love clutter on a slide.


The Perfect Point At Which Speaker And PowerPoint Meet

Think back to the last time you saw a television meteorologist reporting on a severe storm.

You may not have realized it at the time, but if the meteorologist followed the most common format, he or she offered you a great clue about the best way to present PowerPoint slides.

In this post, you’ll learn how to move from slide to slide in as graceful a manner as that weather person moved from chart to chart.


Why You Should Take Advantage Of PowerPoint’s “Presenter View”

One of the most important insights we offer during our presentation training workshops is this: You lead the slides; don’t let the slides lead you.

Here’s what I mean by letting the slides lead you. Most speakers finish talking about their current slide, click to the next one, and then begin talking about that new slide.

But gifted speakers do something different. They set up the next slide before clicking to it. And there’s a tool that makes that task easier for them.

PowerPoint Projector

How To Select The Perfect PowerPoint Image

Many presenters understand that it’s a bad idea to clutter their PowerPoint slides with dozens of words, numerous bullets, and a handful of sub-bullets. They know that it’s better to use a compelling image, one that visually reinforces the point they’re making verbally.

Knowing that is a good start. But it’s not enough.

In this post, you will see the evolution of a single idea over four slides, which will help you learn an easy way to identify the right images for your next presentation.


A Client Challenges Me: You Can’t Make This Slide Better

During a recent presentation training workshop, I discussed the best practices for PowerPoint design.

As usual, I made the case that words and bullets are ineffective mechanisms through which to transfer knowledge to an audience. Instead, I told the audience, well-designed visuals do more to make your points memorable than bullet points ever could. 

To reinforce my


Just Do It: Put The Clicker Down

When we conduct our presentation training sessions, almost every speaker begins their presentation with a PowerPoint remote in their hand. By doing so, they send a signal to their audience right from the start: Boring PowerPoint show about to begin!

The vast majority of presentations shouldn’t open with a slide. The opening moments are a critical


Fairy Tales And Famous Speeches (As Told By PowerPoint)

As you know by now, I’m not a PowerPoint basher.

PowerPoint has its place. Used well, it can make entire presentations more memorable and specific points stickier. But there are times, of course, when the use of PowerPoint can interfere with the story the speaker is trying to tell. In this post, you’ll see two funny


Everyone Agrees: Ditch The PowerPoint! They’re Wrong.

National Public Radio recently ran a piece with an attention-grabbing headline:

Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

Like similar stories before it, the argument went as follows: PowerPoint prevents two-way engagement, PowerPoint makes the speaker go on autopilot, PowerPoint prevents people from reducing their points to their critical core.

As one Rutgers professor said,

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