Dr. John Medina’s Brain Rule #10 has validated my own practice of “visualizing” PowerPoint slides. As I began to work with content specialists I found myself in the position of helping them learn about the pitfalls of heavily text based slides and the value of using images to support the content and give learners a “hook” to help them retain the information.
When visualizing others’ slides, I tread lightly. I assure them that no content will be lost and that I will move almost all of the text on the slides in to the notes section. I always visualize a couple of slides and get the content expert’s approval prior to visualizing the whole slide deck.
It is wonderful to hear the sound of the “aha” moment when the content experts get a chance to see what I’ve described. Sometimes a whole new energy is spawned around the images spurring the content experts to freshen up the verbal delivery of their content.
Below is an example of a heavily text based slide that was visualized across 6 slides.