Content Creation Slideshow: 7 Ways to Ruin a PowerPoint Presentation

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 04-15-2009

7 Ways to Ruin a PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint is not inherently evil, but it sure feels that way when you are trapped in the audience for a bad presentation.

Some people just don't get the concept. You know who we're talking about - the folks who read each slide, word for word, instead of leveraging the illustrative and explanatory power of the medium.

But even the best of speakers look bad when they are accompanied by amateurish slide decks. If you've ever fallen prey to any of these blunders, it is time to think about revising your next presentation's slides.

7 Ways to Ruin a PowerPoint Presentation

1. Slides as Scripts

There is nothing worse than a robotic presenter reading her PowerPoint presentation verbatim.

1. Slides as Scripts

2. Wordiness

If you can't say it in one breath, it's probably too much text for one slide.

2. Wordiness

3. Art Overload

Too many pictures and graphics cause crowding and confusion.

3. Art Overload

4. Flowcharts that Dont Flow

Does that crazy graphic whipped up by your engineers actually make sense to the typical non-techie?

4. Flowcharts that Dont Flow

5. Color Clash

Want to make an audience queasy Mix purple, green and pink graphics together on that page.

5. Color Clash

6. Super Font Mania

Including six different fonts within a single slide deck doesn't make you look creative, just indecisive.

6. Super Font Mania

7. Grainy Graphics

Snagging that that perfect photo doesn't help if it looks bad on-screen.

7. Grainy Graphics

8. Spelling and Grammatical Errors

Even if you hire a professional designer you'll torpedo your reputation if you can't spell.

8. Spelling and Grammatical Errors

9. Bonus Parody PowerPoint

If you don't get the joke, you probably shouldn't give PowerPoint presentations.

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9. Bonus Parody PowerPoint