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PowerPoint Tip Video: Use Pictures Properly to Better Explain Your Presentation

Doug Staneart  |  12/04/11
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Pictures are great. We should put them in our PowerPoint presentations. The pictures we add to our slideshows have to make sense. They should also add clarity to what we are trying to explain to the audience.

The problem is that most people put too many pictures into each presentation. If you have a couple really good pictures to represent what you’re trying to say, you don’t want to ruin the rest of your presentation by overdoing it.

Instead, have one really good image on each slide that represents the concepts covered in that part of the speech. And then, move on.

One of the best examples I’ve seen recently was for an architect who was leading his audience through the process of a building renovation. He started with a slide with an image of the current building (before the renovation.) However, he also put a smaller image of the completed building into the footer of the slide. This concept worked perfectly. It made a lot of sense and we were able to see the transition going from old to new without having to go back.

So, the next time you’re going to put pictures in the presentation, pick just a single image that helps the audience. Also, make sure not to clutter your slide with multiple images. And make sure that is the best representation of what you’re trying to communicate your audience

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Doug Staneart is the CEO of The Leader's Institute. LLC and founder of the Fearless Presentations class. He is author of Fearless Presentations, Mastering Presentations, and 28 Ways to Influence People.

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