Category Archives: Text

The #1 Best Advice for Choosing PowerPoint Fonts

In my workshops, I’m often asked which is the best font to use on PowerPoint slides. The short answer is to choose a font the way you would a business outfit: use a font that’s readable, reflects your personality and … Continue reading

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The #1 Time to Avoid Bullet Points

Here’s a pet peeve of mine, and a quick tip you can use to present your ideas more clearly. What’s wrong with this slide? The problem is the use of bullets to enumerate a list. I see this all the time. The … Continue reading

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Finally! A Printable Character Map of the Wingdings Fonts

When you need an icon or symbol, like a lightning bolt or checkmark, it’s sometimes hard to navigate the different Wingdings and Webdings fonts. So I created this handy printable cheat sheet for an at-a-glance view of all available symbols. Click here … Continue reading

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Cheat Sheet for Creating Numbers Inside Circles

Sometimes it comes in handy to use numbers within your text to refer to numbers in your diagram. Like this slide. You might just use a circle shape with a number inside it. But then, when you update the text, … Continue reading

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A Handy Trick – PowerPoint Line Breaks

Skilled typographers go nuts when they see poor line breaks in text. Do you know when to add a manual line break? It will make your slides look more professional. I’m working on my slides for my Sept 28 webinar “Storytelling Secrets for … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs Unveils iCloud Reading (Gasp!) Text Slides

Presentation guru Steve Jobs would never unveil iCloud reading the text right off his slides. Would he? Fast forward to (3:17-3:55) and (6:10-6:47) and see for yourself. Isn’t that what SourPointers say is a cardinal sin: reading your slide text? If there’s text on … Continue reading

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Slide Makeover – John Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Deck

The U.S. voted to increase the debt ceiling and now John Boehner’s PowerPoint deck, explaining the plan, is already drawing traffic tickets from the PowerPoint vigilantes online. Infractions so far: use of bullet points, use of a blue background and … Continue reading

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