Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint presentations should contain no more than 10 slides to be effective.

Screenshot reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.

Look at the presentation screen, look at the slow-ticking clock on the wall, look at the presentation screen, look at the beckoning cell phone -- resist the temptation to put it on mute and play Angry Birds until the agony of this creeping corporate gathering ends.

We've all been there: the never-ending staff meeting. What started out as a potentially interesting presentation about a new startup or upcoming company initiative has turned into "death by PowerPoint." When the presenter finally stops rattling along and the lights turn back on, all you can remember is that you almost fell asleep -- and you sheepishly wonder if anyone noticed.

Without further ado, here are 10 helpful tips for making the most out of a PowerPoint presentation so your audience doesn't sleepwalk out of your next meeting.