Why do you insist on centering text?

21 May 2011

This is a real-life slide, part of a deck presenting alternative business cases.

Notice how everything is centered.  I know that PowerPoint defaults to centered headings so I can understand a centered title ( though generally I have a preference for left-aligned) but certainly not centered bullet items!

Here is a very simple make-over using PowerPoint SmartArt graphics to make the slide more readable.  If you want to show two options, the easiest way is to make two columns and use different colors. I used the same font everywhere, and did not use italics.

How would you have restyled the slide?

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3 Responses to “Why do you insist on centering text?”

  1. I would skip the Text and used several high quality pictures.

    YOU supply the text.

    Bullet Point do not reinforce a message.
    They
    * Confuse
    * Compete
    * Complicate it

    Check out Garr Reynolds here:
    http://www.nosweatpublicspeaking.com/heres-how-an-expert-uses-powerpoint/

    Thanks for your Post.

  2. slidecoach says:

    Fred, good points, but in my experience they are generally hard to follow for CFOs.

  3. Jesse Dziedzic says:

    I could not think you are more right!!!