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How to Make Bullets Points More Conversational

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  • Bullets are better than paragraphs in PowerPoint
  • We’ve all seen plenty of them on slides
  • More often than not presenters misuse them
  • If you use too many of them you’ll lose your audience’s attention
  • Too many pages of bullets in a row have the same negative effect

Bullets have their place

I’m not against using bullets on PowerPoint slides in your presentations.

They have their place. But their place is not every place.

Too many presenters use too many bullets in too many presentations.

Bullets have some natural strengths

  • They draw the viewer’s eye to them
  • They create some white space on the page
  • They create a sense of focus

Bullets also have some natural weaknesses

  • They create a sort of cadence that becomes predictable
  • They start to feel like a lecture
  • They make the audience feel like you are firing information at them instead of talking with them.

The bottom line is sometimes you have to use bullets. When you do, follow the pointers in this video and you’ll get far more out of your bullets.

This blog post has been re-published by kind permission of Gerry Sandusky – View the original post .


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Gerry Sandusky, is the New York Times best-selling author of Forgotten Sundays, the play-by-play voice for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, the sports director for Baltimore's WBAL TV, and a noted authority on communication, motivation, perception, and change.

Gerry has won Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding broadcasts.

The son of former NFL coach, John Sandusky, Gerry has found his own niche in coaching as president of The Sandusky Group, a communications-consulting firm.
The Sandusky Group helps professionals who are experts in their field look, feel, and perform better in front of every audience, and influence that audience. The Sandusky Group shows experts how to shine.

Gerry and his wife founded the Joe Sandusky Fund, to honor Gerry's late brother. The fund grants college scholarships to students who demonstrate passion, talent, initiative, and a drive to fulfil their dreams. Read other posts by

Published On: 22nd Aug 2017

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