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Weighing In (June 2018)

What creative ways do you use to present bullet points in your presentations?


"Whatever will help keep the audience's attention is OK with me. Let the creative juices flow."

—Deborah Phillips, Tampa Bay, Florida

"One technique is to use PowerPoint's Build feature. It allows you to bring each bullet from right to left, thus placing the emphasis where you need it. Another technique, useful when you want to make your screen go blank and draw learners' attention to you, is to touch the B key on your laptop. The screen will go black until you press B again and return to your presentation."

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—Tom Sand Sr., Dayton, Ohio

"I generally discourage clients from using bullet points as much as possible because they tend to keep the audience's attention on the screen rather than the speaker. What's more, they also serve as a crutch of sorts for the speaker. I recommend finding ways to avoid loading so much text on the screen. Otherwise, why even have a speaker?"

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—Brian O'Mara-Croft, Greater Chicago Area

"I try to animate each point so only one comes up at a time."

—Joesph (Jeff) Barraco, Brighton, Michigan

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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