There are tons of well known presentation no-nos; don’t have large paragraphs on your slides, use transitions and animations tastefully, don’t read your slides. I was unfortunately reminded of one of my presentation pet peeves last Wednesday in my Entrepreneurial Business Planning class. Know the difference between a bulleted list, a numeric list, and an alphabetic list.
Bulleted Lists: Used to list items which are all similar or to emphasize key elements.
- rocky road
- praline and cream
- educate the target market
- promote adoption of the product
- remove post-purchase cognitive dissidence
Alternatively, you could also use bullets to give the slide structure which is easy for the audience members to quickly absorb.
Numeric Lists: Used when items have a specific order to them.
- Drop your kids off at school
- Go to work
- Pick kids up
- Make dinner
I think Roman numeral lists also would follow this, though I more typically don’t associate them with presentations. I think of them more to mark sections of a paper or contract.
Alphabetic Lists: Used to list equal elements for which order is unessential, sort of like a checklist.
- Write blog post
- Study psychology
- Email professor
Honestly if someone switching between a numeric list and an alphabetic list doesn’t annoy me that much. Using a bulleted list when you need a numeric list or vise versa, on the other hand, drives me nuts.