The Bottom Line What is the purpose of your presentation? Don't do anything that detracts from that.
The Bottom Line What is the purpose of your presentation? Don't do anything that detracts from that. That's it.
Too Many Words! A common mistake among presenters is the assumption that a multimedia presentation can be treated the same as a report. The problem is that reports are meant to be read by one individual at a time, while most multimedia presentations are given to a larger audience while the presenter stand in front of them and talks. The purpose of a PowerPoint in that case should be to reinforce, rather than usurp, the role of the speaker. The audience should be looking to the presenter for information first, with only the key points or relevant visual aids being shown on the screen. Unfortunately, PowerPoint has the nifty feature of shrinking the text to make it fit, no matter how much you write. This means amateur PowerPointers decide to write until they run out of room, but don't really run out of room. The result is something like what you see before you now – text that is too small to read for all but the front row of the audience. This can be confusing, annoying, or at best, the audience will ignore the text completely. But if the audience is ignoring your text, then why did you bother to write it in the first place?