Use PowerPoint to enhance your presentations, not as a substitute for poor presentations.
- Create your content first, and then create the visuals. Creating slides is far more fun that creating good content; don’t fall into the trap of creating great slides that support a weak message.
- Budget your time. Allocate a set amount of time to create the slides, and budget that across all the slides you need. Otherwise your first 2 or 3 slides could be fantastic with no time to do a good job on the rest of the slides.
- You don’t always need slides. Only use slides if they significantly enhance your presentation.
- Focus on the message, not on the medium. Good slides will not hide a poorly crafted message.