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Slide Visualization: Beginner and Advanced Tips

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Overview

We all know the pain of sitting through a tedious PowerPoint slide presentation: a droning presenter reading every word of a text-heavy slide as we grow bored or impatient to move on. We find ourselves having to switch back and forth between listening to the presenter and trying to read the slides, often resulting in not really taking in any information.

There is an alternative to “Death by PowerPoint.” Good use of visuals can help your audience understand and remember more of your information. In these videos from BrightCarbon, you’ll learn why text-heavy slides work against you and how simpler, more visual slides can help convey your message. You’ll also learn about a 4-step process for converting text to visuals and see the process in action.

What You’ll Learn

In the first video, Visualization Tips, you’ll learn:

  • How text-heavy slides can result in the audience remembering and understanding less of your message
  • How to create slides that work for you instead of against you by using visuals like graphs, timelines, maps and animation

The second video, Advanced Visualization, covers how to convert a text-heavy slide to a visually interesting and informative slide. You’ll learn about:

  • Identifying the four components of a well-visualized slide: Players, Scene, Punchline and Action
  • Using the four components to:
    • Choose your graphics
    • Present your information to the audience
    • Determine the message you want to convey
    • Move your audience through your slide

Finally, you will see how to apply the process to a real-world example.

View the Advanced Visualization Summary (pdf), a brief guide to the Advanced Visualization video

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Reflection

Think about the last slide presentation you gave. How could you apply the lessons and advice from these videos to better communicate your message?

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