Creating your visual aids

What is presentation ‘clutter’?

PowerPoint slides, jokes, data,

Waffle, jargon, handouts (paper),

Anecdotes with no punchline,

Or point to help you underline,


Music, graphics, sound effects

That do not support the text,

Images that make no sense

Or patronise the audience


Graphs and charts of pie or venn

The thoughts of Chairman Mao or Zen

Buddhists when your thoughts would do

And clear conclusions reasoned to.


So in short a simple story

Beginning, middle, end no more,

With key factors pointed out

With evidence that leaves no doubt


You’ve thought things through from every side

So all we do is just decide

A yes / no / maybe decision

Not we don’t understand- Derision

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey

Managing Director at The Message Business
Jim is the MD of The Message Business, a company which helps FTSE 100 companies to sell themselves, and their products better. Speech writer, Prezi trainer and designer, coach and consultant, Jim also finds time to be a proud father and husband.
Jim Harvey
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