Tip #636: Make PowerPoint More Effective

“What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful.” Joshua Foer Here is a quick tip to make your PowerPoint slides more effective. It is based on brain research into how to focus your audience’s attention on the key points you want them to remember. According to Mark Murphy, founder of Leadership IQ, […]

Tip #353: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Make It Easier on Yourself

“Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde There are very simple steps that a trainer can take to save time and energy when designing, delivering and duplicating content on audiovisuals. Just avoid these four mistakes: Mistake #1: Not having a pointer There are inexpensive laser pointers, there are laser pointers incorporated […]

Tip #352: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: It’s All in the Preparation

“It isn’t making mistakes that’s critical; it’s correcting them and getting on with the principal task.” Donald Rumsfeld Being prepared should be part of the trainer’s code when it comes to audiovisuals. If you don’t avoid these four mistakes, you are likely to have a lot of trouble and frustration when you try to use […]

Tip #351: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: It’s All in the Presentation

“When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.” Paul “Bear” Bryant The misuse of audiovisuals can seriously detract from an effective training. Avoid these four mistakes: Mistake #1: Not removing or turning off AV We consciously use audiovisuals […]

Tip #350: Avoid Mistakes When Using Audiovisuals in Training: Don’t Misuse Them

“Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde Trainers have a plethora of audiovisual options from which to choose. Some trainers don’t realize that there is more to life than PowerPoint. They also overuse or misuse audiovisuals. Here are four mistakes that trainers should avoid. Mistake #1: Consistently using AV to entertain […]

Tip #276: Reverse Numbering for PowerPoint Slides

This is one more trick from Dan Poynter: in the upper left hand corner of your PowerPoint slides, identify the number of slides that are left. This is one way to help pace yourself. Since I’ve noticed that these recent Tips have generated very little comment, next week we will move on to a much […]

Tip #268: A Bogus Cone of Experience and Learning

In a recent Tip (#261), I made the bold statement that, despite the fact that questions have been raised about Edgar Dale’s authorship of the Cone of Experience and Learning and the percentages assigned to the Cone, I still see it as a very effective graphic in just-in-time learning lessons. I now know that Edgar […]

Tip #248: Tailoring Power Point

Karen Phillips, Product Training Manager for Ultradent Products, introduced me to the fact that it is possible to hide a Power Point slide when you are tailoring a presentation. This way you don’t have to create an entirely new slide show. Thank you, Karen, for saving all of us, who were unaware of this feature, […]

Tip #235: Debunking Myths About Clip Art in Power Point

It has been said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”That may be so, but it is unlikely that many would feel that this description applies to clip art. For the most part, clip art is used to add color, emphasis, humor and/or interest to Power Point slides. It rarely expands on or enhances […]

Tip #221: Debunking Myths About PowerPoint as a Handout

A good participant handout or training manual includes everything the participant may need to refer to later: to refresh his or her memory, provide examples, give useful documentation, offer templates and job aids, and serve as a lasting written testament to the participant’s earlier success in applying new concepts or skills on completed worksheets. A […]

Tip #208: Spell Check for Flip Charts

In an earlier Tip, I waxed eloquent about the virtues of using flip charts for posting group work. However, we all know that many of us rely on the spell check feature when we use our computers. Writing on a flip chart without a spell check feature can be of great concern to folks who […]

Tip #198: A Tribute to Flip Charts

I love using flip charts! I think that they are the key audiovisual for any interactive training. The minute you have flip charts in the room, people KNOW that they are going to have to get involved!! Flip charts are amazingly flexible. The facilitator can lead a large group brainstorming session and post their responses […]