You're sitting at your desk, the deadline is up, you have to get your PowerPoint done. What is the first thing you do? If you're like the majority, you'll start IN PowerPoint. Big mistake!
The problem by starting in PowerPoint is that you think linear. It destroys your creativity and keeps you from seeing the big picture of your presentation.
So what's the solution?
It's simple: Get away from the screen!
Software and tools distract us from what's important; font size, animations, colors, shadings, they're all secondary. First, you need to get your story right. So, close down PowerPoint, grab a paper and pen, and start drawing your slideshow in hand.
Not only do we avoid distractions, but when you start drawing in hand you will naturally connect to the right side of your brain and stimulate your creativity. It enables you to think beyond the possibilities in PowerPoint, so you can:
- See the big picture
- Think outside the box
- Make your story primary
Do yourself a favor and draw your next presentation in hand before you open up PowerPoint. Trust me, you'll be surprised by the result.