Tuesday, January 11, 2011

PowerPoint Slide Makeover #68: Distracting background images (uses slide from Gov Cuomo)

Just a quick note to let you know that a new Slide Makeover Video Podcast based on the ideas in "The Visual Slide Revolution" is available for your viewing through the iTunes Store, online or through my YouTube channel. Using an image as the background for your slide might seem like a way to increase the visual appeal of your slides, but it can actually distract the audience from your message. This makeover takes a slide used by NY Gov Cuomo and shows how the message could stand out more without an image background.

This slide is similar to those submitted by the participants in my workshops - someone just like you who is looking for a way to make their presentations more effective. If you want to submit some of your slides to be considered for a future slide makeover, e-mail them to me at Dave@ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com.

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Blogger Mike said...

Well done podcast!

While it is important to use graphics to communicate your concepts, too much visual noise can be distracting from your message. Plus, everything on your slide should serve a purpose. I agree that the coins worked out well. They provided a visual metaphor of the "costs" being measured by the graphic, and a visual helps audiences remember your data better than text alone. Your redo worked (and could be read) a lot better than the original by taking "fluff" out of the background and concentrating on the important elements in the foreground.

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