In this tip I want to talk about why you should avoid too much animation.

I’m not talking about the latest Pixar movie I’m talking about animation in your presentation. Which ever presentation software you use you have a lot of choice.

Let’s look at some of the choices that we have in PowerPoint for PC.

A few of the choices in PowerPoint are:

  • Swivel
  • Bounce
  • Teeter
  • Shrink and Turn

I could go on but I’ll stop there.

What is wrong with using animations in your presentation?

Nothing actually if you use them correctly but I believe that many presenters either use them too much, at the wrong moment or use the wrong kind.

If you look at some of the best presenters both past and present like Steve Jobs or Garr Reynolds (search them on YouTube) you will notice the lack of animation.

Too much animation isn’t a good thing for three reasons:

  1. It looks unprofessional.
  2. It’s annoying.
  3. It looks bad.

Is any animation acceptable in a presentation?

The answer is yes.

If you are a PowerPoint (for PC) user you can use:

  • Fade
  • Dissolve
  • Fly In

If you are a Keynote (for Mac) user you can use:

  • Dissolve
  • Fly In
  • Move

Remember animation isn’t always required in your presentation and by using it too much you can look unprofessional and become annoying.

Enjoy the video 🙂

Why you should avoid too much animation

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Liam

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