Tuesday, January 5, 2016
How is PowerPoint putting your audience to sleep?
Yesterday’s Savage Chickens cartoon by Doug Savage featured a chicken complaining he was having trouble sleeping through a PowerPoint presentation. Perhaps he should have asked for a pillow, as mentioned in his August 3, 2015 cartoon I previously blogged about.
One way to quickly put an audience to sleep is to design slides using light text on a dark background. Room lights must be turned off, and ever since we were cavemen we knew darkness calls for sleep.
Changing to dark text on a light background is better, but bullet-point word slides with no pictures still are boring and call for sleep.
Using Assertion-evidence slides containing pictures (or other images) is even better.
The cave painting image at Wikimedia Commons came from Danniel Mietchen.