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PowerPoint Slides are Changing, Thankfully!



By Kelly Vandever

“I don’t want to keep teaching people how to do better PowerPoints only to have them tell me, ‘Oh, we could never do that where I work.’ ”

This comment came from a colleague who was expressing his frustration about teaching people to present PowerPoints more effectively.

I’ve expressed similar sentiments myself over the years. But at this time of year, when we think of what we’re thankful for, I’m thankful that when it comes to PowerPoint slides in business presentations, times are changing!

Times Are Changing

While the statement above from my colleague is certainly still true, we are seeing more and more organizations who are willing to be open to creating their slides differently. And for that I’m very thankful.

I’m thankful because business audiences have a better experience sitting through presentations with better looking slides. I’m also thankful that not only will they have a better experience but according to research, they’ll also retain the information more effectively than if they had seen text-laden slides.

I’m thankful because with fewer words on the screen, companies are having richer, more meaningful conversations with clients and their colleagues.

I’m thankful because I value beauty in the world — slides with images instead of bullet points are just lovelier to look at!

Thankful for a World with Better PowerPoints

If you want to help us create a world with better business results from more effective PowerPoint slides, read and heed the words in these two great books!

Fix Your Lousy PowerPoint by Tom Nixon

Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds

And be thankful for Tom and Garr and the rest of us who are trying to make the world a better place through better PowerPoint slides!!


Kelly Vandever is a leadership and communications expert who helps leaders and organizations thrive in today’s attention-deficit, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-Facebook world. Learn how opening up and speaking practically can bring you better business results. Connect Kelly by phone at 770-597-1108, email her at Kelly.Vandever @ SpeakingPractically.com or tweet her @KellyVandever.