Using PowerPoint? Remember the 1x6x6 Rule for Communicating Effectively

If you’re like me, from time to time I like to use PowerPoint in the classroom.  I have asked conference attendees, “What is the worst teaching method you can use?” and I always hear, “It’s lecture.”  But that’s not the right answer!  The worst method you can use is the one you use all the time, so I don’t rely on PowerPoint all the time…just occasionally.  When I use it, though, I always pay attention to the “1x6x6” Rule.

The 1x6x6 Rule simply says that you should create slides with one main point and no more than six lines or bullets, with no more than 6 words per line.  That’s it.  Pretty simple, right?  Look at the example below…which line is easier to read and remember?

  • Cross-cultural surveys indicate that 58% of people are unaware of the faith traditions of their neighbors, co-workers, and others
  • 58% not aware of faith traditions

So clean up those PowerPoint slides and help your class members remember the important points you want to make!  Use the 1x6x6 Rule the next time you create a PowerPoint slide show for work or for your Sunday School classroom.

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