9 PowerPoint tips for real business people

The internet is full of great tips on how to make PowerPoint slides PERFECT. But most people are not selling the world’s sexiest product and won’t take the time to make slides PERFECT. This post is for you, the real business people. 9 simple effective tips…


These are the basics for good looking PPT slides. They will keep you on-track for 90% of your business needs:

  • Only have 1 message or main idea per slide
  • …and make that message your slide title
  • Prefer visual messages to text
  • Replace numeric tables with charts
  • Limit the number of bullets to 5 or 6
  • Limit the number of words per bullet to 5 or 6
  • Use font size 24 to 48
  • Use “normal” fonts
  • Use a dark background with light text (if your marketing department will let you!)


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About Dan Steer

Wandering corporate trainer, learning and development consultant, conference speaker and professional El-Magico. I help people get better at stuff by creating and facilitating Infinite Learning © opportunities. The world would be a better place if everyone was doing what he loved and doing it well. I am working to bring out the "El Magico" in everybody. Training in presentation and communication skills, leadership, social media for learning and marketing, learning and development management + personal effectiveness.

Posted on July 12, 2011, in Communication, Presentation Skills, Resources and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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