Text Heavy PowerPoint Slides Annoy Audiences Survey Says

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A survey of 604 audience members reveals an epidemic of overloaded text slides.

A recently completed survey of 604 people done by Dave Paradi of ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com found that audiences of PowerPoint presentations are most annoyed by the overuse of text on slides. The results point to the need for presenters to increase the use of relevant visuals to replace text and allow more of a conversation with the audience instead of a recitation of the slide text. The survey results were released at PowerPoint Live, the users conference being held in New Orleans, LA.

When asked to select the top three things that annoy them about bad PowerPoint presentations, the respondents cited the following as the most annoying:

The speaker read the slides to us - 67.4%
Full sentences instead of bullet points - 45.4%
Text so small I couldn't read it - 45.0%

The participants in the survey see a lot of presentations, with 62% saying they see 100 or more presentations per year. And these annoying elements show up often, with one-third of the respondents saying that they see annoying elements in over half of all the presentations they see.

Survey participants also had the opportunity to write in comments and over 360 did so. After analyzing the comments, Paradi concluded that other annoying aspects of presentations were when the presenter has poor presentation skills and focuses more on the slides than the content being delivered to the audience, and poor slide design and layout. The comments also reinforced the findings of the rankings as many commented on too much reliance on text-only slides and a lack of visuals.

More detailed results of the survey are available at http://www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com.

About Dave Paradi:
Dave Paradi is the co-author of "Guide to PowerPoint" and works with business people who struggle with the effectiveness of the PowerPoint presentations they use to sell ideas, products and services to other business people.


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