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.

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