3 PowerPoint mistakes to stop making

In this phase, we focus on traps that many presenters fall into, ranging from getting stuck in corporate templates to latching on to shiny, new software rather than keying on great content.

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Poor use of PowerPoint has become commonplace in the corporate world.

You can break away from the pack, though, when you apply the simple and potent techniques offered in this two-part series.

Last time, we focused on some common habits that even veteran speakers can fall into:

See part one of our series.

Have you tried the recommended tips to make your presentation more visual and audience-centric? If so, you’ve seen your slideshows make great strides toward helping your audience understand and remember your takeaway message.

This week, we’ll add some simple steps that add a “wow” to your visuals and electrify your presentation.

1. Assuming you’re stuck with the corporate template

Even if you are obligated to use a corporate PowerPoint template for your presentation, that doesn’t mean you’re forced to use poor slide layouts that make your message hard for listeners to grasp.

New habit: When using the typical corporate data and bullet slides, use visual cues that draw attention to what you want the audience to look at.

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