The world's worst PowerPoint presentations

Yes, people who think that it's okay to put 100 graphs on one slide do exist. Learn from these examples how not to make PowerPoint slides for your next big meeting.

A Symmetrical Rainbow of Confusion



Colors are great for attracting an audience. But stick with two or three—not six or seven—and use them consistently. The colors in this “social business map” don’t clarify anything. Why are “Social Web” and “Social Enterprise” in different colors but “Cloud/SaaS” and “On-Premise” in the same color? Why do blue and green diamonds populate orange and white areas as well as blue and green areas? Why does “Trend” appear as two converging white areas while “Standards” appears as a single vanishing brown area?

The whole chart looks like an alien Venn diagram, and the big labels along the bottom appear in random colors that correspond to nothing else on the chart. Why?

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  • Simon Morton

    Made me smile (and wince!) this morning... As ever, the question is why do people think these are acceptable?

    I can't imagine what it would be like to actually present these slides to an audience (that's what PowerPoint's for, right?)

    If you want the antidote to this sort of abuse, check out http://www.eyefulpresentations.com - you'll see that PowerPoint can be used to develop engaging and impactful slides. Enjoy...

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