Say Yes to PowerPoint Training Week Feb 7-11

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Feb 7-11 is “Say No to PowerPoint” week. But one PowerPoint author insists it should be renamed “PowerPoint Training Week”. “Saying no to PowerPoint solves the problem for a week. Training people to use PowerPoint solves the problem for a lifetime,” says Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint: the new language of Business.

"Saying no to PowerPoint solves the problem for a week. Training people to use PowerPoint solves the problem for a lifetime." - Bruce Gabrielle, author, Speaking PowerPoint

Feb 7-11 is “Say No to PowerPoint” week. But one PowerPoint author insists it should be renamed “PowerPoint Training Week”.

“Saying no to PowerPoint solves the problem for a week. Training people to use PowerPoint solves the problem for a lifetime,” says Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint: the new language of Business (http://amzn.to/speakingppt). Gabrielle’s book, Speaking PowerPoint, cites dozens of research studies showing presentations that include PowerPoint make audiences more likely to understand and agree with you, when used correctly.

“PowerPoint is not the problem. The problem is people approach it like a grade 3 art project or just mindlessly start filling in the PowerPoint bullet point template. That’s not the right way to approach PowerPoint.”

During PowerPoint Training Week, Gabrielle suggests these four activities:

1. READ a book on how to use PPT better. If you develop PowerPoint slides for internal business presentations, Gabrielle recommends any one these: Speaking PowerPoint, The Visual Slide Revolution, The Seven Slide Solution, Information Dashboard Design and Advanced Presentations by Design.

2. PLAN your deck on paper before you start creating slides. This will help slide creators resist the impulse to just use bullet points

3. WRITE your slide title out as a full sentence, so the audience doesn’t have to guess what point the speaker is trying to make

4. USE ONE LESS visual ornament. Remove any one of these (your choice): busy template backgrounds, color backgrounds, drop shadows, pointless animations, WordArt

For those who manage a team of people, or an entire company, Gabrielle has three additional suggestions:

5. CALCULATE how much time people are wasting on PowerPoint. Gabrielle finds training can cut in HALF the amount of time persons spend in PowerPoint. Says Gabrielle, “How much would that save your company?”

6. HAVE A MEETING after calculating potential savings, and decide if your company can afford this waste. “Don’t just tolerate bad PowerPoint in your company,” advises Gabrielle, “just as you wouldn’t tolerate poor customer service, slow internet connections or unproductive sales reps.”

7. CONDUCT A WORKSHOP. Hire a trainer and have them educate just one group in your company, and see how much their PowerPoint improves. Gabrielle even offers free one-hour workshops for businesses in the Seattle area.

Says Gabrielle, “PowerPoint is not going away. It’s a critical business skill for the 21st century that combines the persuasive power of pictures and text leading to clearer communications and better decision making.”

More information about Bruce Gabrielle, and the book Speaking PowerPoint, can be found at http://www.speakingppt.com

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