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January 19, 2010

And... cut down on those BULLET points on your Powerpoints!

As a follow-up to my last posting:

There's a great overview on the Bob Pike Group website of some research done by Chris Atherton, a cognitive psychologist.

To whet your appetite here's a couple take-aways:

"1. Don't say too much. Limit what you cover in a presentation. Your audience has limited capacity to take it in.

2. Split the load. Take advantage of the brain's two pathways. Design your slides so that they can be processed quickly by the visual cortex, allowing the language areas to focus on what you're saying. This means using more pictures and as few words as you think you can get away with.

3. Get rid of visual clutter on your slides"

And to get you even more interested, there are lots of great ideas you can implement immediately (such as ways to make your learners do some work - even if you're just lecturing).

Check it out!