Cliff Atkinson announces his new blog, Beyond Bullets, which focuses on new ways to use media to better communicate — and relate — with people. It’s not all about using Powerpoint (so I apologize for the misleading headline) but it does have some great tips on how to use that program effectively. For example:
Try turning your PowerPoint approach inside out. The next time you make a presentation, replace one of your usual bulleted lists with a new slide that contains only a simple image on a blank background. When you show the slide to your audience, ask them a question about it. Listen to their response, repeat it back, and tailor your talk to what you heard. If you’ve managed to draw forth any information that helps you tailor and adust your dialogue with your audience, you’re well on your way to evoking communication success.
P.S. If you want a better practice, start using the 80/20 Principle.