Don’t Cha Wish Your PowerPoint Was Hot Like Me?

How sad. The great presentation coach Dr. Nick Morgan stooping to PowerPoint-bashing to generate a few cheap retweets with this nonsense parody of John Lennon’s song, now titled “Imagine There’s No PowerPoint“.

Well, writing song parodies is a hobby of mine. Here’s my rejoinder.

Don’t Cha Wish Your PowerPoint Was Hot Like Me?

Sung to the Tune of Don’t Cha (Pussy Cat Dolls)

I know you want me (uh-huh)
To focus on you (uh-huh)
That’s why you agreed to speak
In the first place
You know it’s true

And you think just a speaker (uh-huh)
Makes your presentation complete (uh-huh)
But this audience also has visual learners
So a few slides would be sweet

Don’t you wish your voice
Was all that I need
Don’t you wish visuals
Was unnecessary
Don’t cha?
Don’t cha?

But I can’t remember
All five things you just said
Now you’ve moved onto a different topic
I can’t hold it all in my head

And now you’re telling a story
Of some explosive device
But I’ve never used one or seen one
So a picture slide here would be nice

Don’t you wish your voice
Was all that I need
Don’t you wish visuals
Was unnecessary
Don’t cha?
Don’t cha?

<general flailing about of hips, shoulders and backsides>

 Don’t Cha!

About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the New Language of Business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.

 

How to Crop Around an Irregular Shape – PowerPoint Video Tip #16

How do you crop around an image, removing the background? Especially when the shape you want to keep is not a regular circle, square or triangle? Simple! You draw around the shape using PowerPoint’s drawing tools, then fill the shape as a picture.

Here’s a demonstration.

About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the New Language of Business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.

Gorgeous Alternative to Bullet Points

Here’s a really nice alternative to bullet points (and sub-bullets!) on slides, courtesy of presentation consultant Gavin McMahon over at Make a Powerful Point.

Use shapes (arrows work nicely) as your 3-4 topics. This gives the audience a quick overview of what you’ll be talking about for the next few minutes. This is especially important in instructional presentations, to help the audience develop a schema for learning.

Highlight each shape with a dark or warm color as you elaborate on it. Emphasize the text with bold or a larger font size. Place any additional text to the right.

Here’s what it looks like.

 

And here’s Gavin’s original example. Skip ahead to slides 14-18.

 

The local business publication here in Seattle uses the same method on their website. Check out the news headlines in the right column.

About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the New Language of Business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.

Cool PowerPoint Slide Transition – PowerPoint Video Tip #15

Here’s a clever slide transition you might find useful. Part of the image stays in focus while everything else around it becomes blurry. (Here’s how to crop around the smaller image). Give it a try and leave me a comment.

 
About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the New Language of Business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.