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Do your students secretly hate your PowerPoints?

 by Aaron Helman | @aaronhelman | loading comments...

We've all seen really bad presentations...

...but is it possible you're the one making them?

Bad presentations make your message less effective.

So instead of being with students, you hurt your content instead.

Sounds like a pretty poor tradeoff.

The way I see it, you've got about two options.

It's time to either get better at PowerPoint or stop doing it altogether.

Ten years ago, schools still ran on chalkboards, whiteboards, and overhead projectors.

That's starting to change.

It took more than 20 years to catch on, but hastily-built PowerPoint presentations are taking over high schools.

(Isn't it nice to know that the Church isn't actually the slowest adopter of new technologies?)

Anyway, the result of that?

All it takes is one bad slide deck to make your engaging message feel more like a boring biology class.

Top designers spend years learning their trade, then hours or days building a single slide deck.

How does that compare to the level of excellence you bring to your presentations?

To put it another way, does the quality of your slide deck mirror the quality of your message? Or does it drag the whole program down with it?

I heard a student walk away from a sermon and remark that he made "better PowerPoints than that" when he was in the fourth grade.

Did he miss the point? Yes.

Was he right? Absolutely.

Option 1: Get better at PowerPoint.
Learning how to make good presentations is going to be a lot like learning to play the piano. It's going to be hard and it's going to take a lot of work.

There's more. If you attempt to do it in front of people, but haven't put in the practice, they will absolutely be able to tell.

I recommend keeping things mind-numbingly simple and using very large fonts.

Then check out this presentation. It's the best link on the internet about learning presentations, and it's not even close.

Option 2: Stop making PowerPoints.
This is completely serious, and I kind of hope you'll choose this option.

2013 is the year we put youth ministry back into youth ministry, and cutting out fruitless time-wasters seems like a good place to get started.

Will the two hours you spend building a slide deck help your ministry more than two hours praying with students over milkshakes?

There's an excellent chance that the answer to that question is NO, and if it is, then we both know what needs to come next.

Are you ready to trade your PowerPoint time for something else?

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