Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What your audience really thinks of dense PowerPoint slides

Internally, some have questioned Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s role in overseeing the efforts, noting that the Nobel laureate with the keen grasp of physics at times seems to lack political skills. On one occasion, Chu prepared a dense PowerPoint presentation to brief Obama on the complexities of last summer’s BP oil spill. After Chu narrated six slides, one senior adviser who attended the meeting recalled that Obama simply stood up and said, "Steve, I’m done."
--Daniel Stone and Eleanor Clift, Newsweek, on why you should strive to have big pictures and minimal text on your slides