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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ninja bullet dodging


Your friendly neighborhood PowerPoint Ninja recently posted on how to do bullet points well.

Now, if you know me, you know that I don't really dig the bullet points. But El Ninja (for those of you who don't speak Spanish, that's "The Ninja") points out that sometimes bullet points are really the best way to communicate your information. I wouldn't use them in a sermon, but perhaps in a presentation about a church's vision or mission.

He identifies six key areas to focus on in improving bullet lists:
1. Consistency
2. Bullets
3. Layout/Structure
4. Usage / Text Density
5. Content
6. Delivery

The focus of this lesson is on consistency:
When it comes to bullet points, parallelism is your friend. Parallel bullet points are easier to read and understand. Poorly-formed bullet points frequently have the following parallelism issues:

  • Verb vs. noun: Try to start all your bullet points with the same structure - verbs with verbs or nouns with nouns.
  • Present vs. past: Make sure the tense of your bullet points is consistent.
  • Capitalization: Capitalize the beginning of your bullet points the same way.

Good stuff here. How do you deal with bullets?

1 comment:

Andy said...

Great tips on using bullet points! Bullets appear to be pretty self explanatory but I've seen bad bullet points sabotage presentations in the past. Fantastic stuff!

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