Top PowerPoint annoyances revealed in new survey

The last thing an audience wants to see is too many words on an illegible slide read by a droning voice.

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The results are in, and audiences have had enough of bad presentations.

In a recent survey, Dave Paradi of Think Outside the Slide asked respondents what annoys them most during presentations. The biggest offenders were:

1. Presenters who read from the slides (73.8 percent)

2. Slides with full sentences instead of bullet points (51.6 percent)

3. Fonts that are too small to read (48.1 percent)

These top annoyances are the result of information overload, Paradi says. “When a presenter feels that they have to include everything … the slides will be a confusing mass of text and numbers that give the audience no clue on what the important takeaway should be,” he explains.

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