Consulting tip: Powerpoint sniff test

Was at a table tonight with 5 ex-management consultants from the Big 4. When discussing some slides we had seen from recent MBAs, one person smartly commented on his PowerPoint sniff test: Every page should be judged to see if it passes. . . BS test SO WHAT test NEXT...

Consulting tip: don’t read your slides

Last week I was a in a painful 1 hour meeting where the presenter kept reading his slides. Ouch.  Each page was like a kick to my shins.  Imagine, this is what clients see and feel when you read your PowerPoints.  Boring, and distracting. This is a novice mistake. The...

Consulting advice: Don’t use clip art

Never.  My colleagues and I disagree about this. Some use clipart or photos to demonstrate the emotion or “mood” of a PowerPoint.  Not me. Call me a puritan. I tell my team to not include clip art or superfluous photos. It shows a lack of substance. If you...

Five superfluous PowerPoint tips

I am putting together a PowerPoint. It’s not a copy-paste affair of simply regurgitating previous work. It is a completely new area – I am researching / thinking / writing / destroying / drawing graphics / rewriting. It’s enjoyable because I am...

Why do consultants use PowerPoint so much?

  Consultants spend hours making slides. It’s a common sight to see consultants pouring over their PowerPoint slides – moving pages around, adjusting the colors on graphs, mulling over wording, checking verb agreement and proof-reading. Presentations are...

The Pyramid Principle in Consulting

Consultants must structure their thinking. This is the only way to present your ideas clearly to clients.  One excellent tool is the pyramid principle by an ex-McKinsey consultant by the name of Barbara Minto.   She authored a book called The Minto Pyramid...

Better PowerPoint: 6 Ways to Make Your Point

What’s the so what?  You will hear this phrase used on projects a fair amount. It is certainly not the best usage or even politely worded, but it is critical: Your presentations need to have a point.     Since consultants are paid for insights, recommendations...