by Geetesh Bajaj, April 10th 2012
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Balancing Bullets

Geetesh Bajaj
In the last issue, we talked about slides that had no bullet points. Let's discuss more about this topic. While many people agree that bullet points can make a slide or even a presenter appear dumb, that's not always the case. If you are using bullet points to show a list, then you should continue doing so -- there's no sense in creating a slide that has a list of recipe ingredients or even a shopping list in a format without lists! For most other slide types, you can look at some other non-bulleted alternatives.
Slide purists love the idea of a single picture on each slide with a title -- of course, both the picture and the title should work well with each other. Many other times, you can use SmartArt instead of bulleted lists. Sometimes, a table may work better. Finally, if you must use a list, then go ahead -- no presentation ever became a disaster if one or few of the slides had a bulleted list -- so if 2 or 3 of your 10 slide presentation must be bulleted lists, then that's a fairly good approach.
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