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Revista argentina de cardiología

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ROSLER, Roberto. How to avoid "death" by PowerPoint. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2011, vol.79, n.5. ISSN 1850-3748.

The goal of this paper is to report the indifference towards the differences on how to deliver a PowerPoint presentation. The "indigestions" due to PowerPoint presentations are the consequence of the lack of respect of the neuropsychological concepts of how the Homo sapiens perceives, recalls, understands and is motivated and moved by information. Avoid entire text block of CAPITAL LETTERS, italic text or bold text which make text difficult to read. When deciding what font size to use in your presentation, make sure it is big enough so that the audience can read it. Remove unnecessary text from bullet points as NO audience enjoys bullet points followed by long runs of text. The background color on the slide should not swallow the letters! The use of laser pointer is a forbidden activity for an audio visual presenter. An image is worth a thousand bullet points. Slides have not been created to become a book to be read. Slides have been created to be understood, and nothing is better than an image that represents the concept to teach in a metaphorical, analogical or symbolic fashion. Use images to evoke specific emotions. Remember that images create emotional responses that do not rely on the intellectual ability to be appreciated. Using images your audience will be more likely to remember your message. Good images, as fragrances, remain in the audience for a long time after the presentation has finished. Do not turn off the lights during the presentation unless you are a spy who wants to keep your identity secret!

Palabras clave : Education; Didactics; Powerpoint; Neuropsychology.

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