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.

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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.


The Right PowerPoint Slide Makes All The Difference

I recently worked with a speaker who wanted his audience to know what a vast difference 34 percent made in terms of success vs. failure.

That percentage, he had calculated, was the precise difference between salespersons who were consistently at the top of his company’s sales rankings and those who were failing in their jobs. The


What Great PowerPoint Slides Look Like

I once had a client walk into my office with a printout of their PowerPoint deck.

There was one slide printed on each page; the document was as thick as the average Yellow Pages. The slides were full of bullets, overly complicated graphics, and unnecessary footnotes. Worse, that slide deck was to be used for a

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