Speech Tip: Avoid PowerPoint
Jeff Bezos doesn’t like PowerPoint in presentations. Neither do I. Why not? They distract the audience and the speaker. It is as simple as that. That’s not even getting into the design question — so many aren’t done well. Too many words, too complex of a message (charts that are more than visual), too busy, too small of a font… you get the idea. Even when well done, though, the audience’s attention is drawn away requiring the speaker to work hard to pull them back in. Meanwhile, the speaker loses a step in his groove as he turns back to assimilate his message with the slide.
There are more arguments against the use of slides but most fall under: they distract. If you do choose to use slides, understand they are competing with your speech. Make sure the value they add is stronger than the value they diminish.
Some more thoughts on presentations.