“real” and relevant for them, and then deliver
that content in a manner that engages and even
Although there are new platforms and programs introduced every year, PowerPoint has
remained the standard for presentations. A well
done PowerPoint presentation can be a very
effective way to convey information; on the flip
side, we have all seen PowerPoint presentations
that detracted from the message being conveyed. Here are some tips on how to effectively
use PowerPoint for compliance training.
Less is more
PowerPoint is not a word processor. Filling a
slide with full paragraphs of text ensures the
message will be lost. Consider using just a few
words or phrases that are designed to trigger
the audience to think. This allows the audience to make a mental connection between
what you are saying and what is on the slide,
and thus increase retention of the information.
Remember, PowerPoint is intended to supplement your presentation, not be the presentation.
Know your material
Nothing loses an audience faster than a presenter who fumbles through the presentation,
because he/she isn’t familiar with the information they are presenting. Rehearsing the
presentation is essential. If you know what slide
is coming up next and you know what you
want to say in connection with that slide, the
presentation appears smooth and your credibility is greatly enhanced. It may feel strange,
but time in front of a mirror or with your office
door closed so you can practice the presentation
will pay huge dividends.
Step away from the bullet points
As is stated above, rather than trying to convey
all the information on the PowerPoint slide,
use a story or example to make the point. We
all retain information longer when it is relevant, and using a story to illustrate the point is
always more effective.
Fonts and animation
Just because there are thousands of fonts out
there and hundreds of ways to add animations to your PowerPoint doesn’t mean you
should use them! PowerPoint presentations
that use multiple fonts are generally distracting and appear less professional. Using an
animation once in a while is fine, but your presentation shouldn’t rely on animations to keep
Make slides easy on the eyes
Consider the contrast of your slides. Not everyone likes red letters on a blue background; in
fact, if a person is colorblind (like me) the letters
will jump around and be very difficult to read.
Slides that are difficult to read or are hard on
the eyes are slides that miss the mark.
Last but not least, it is essential that a presenter
remain calm when things go wrong, because
they will. The wireless mouse will stop working, the room will be so hot you will feel like
you are swimming, the projector will blow a
bulb. Regardless of what happens, maintain
your sense of humor and act like you knew it
was going to happen all along.
Effective training is a very important part of
a solid compliance program. Done properly,
training can be fun, not just for the presenter,
but also for the audience. Employees who are
engaged in the compliance program have a
much greater potential for building and continuing the culture of compliance.
1. Changing Minds: “Mehrabian’s Communiction Study” Available at