Bad Bullet Points
In a [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/136971/tips_for_outoftown_presentations.html|PowerPoint presentation|Tips for Out-of-Town Presentations]], reducing paragraphs to bullet points helps your audience follow the presentation more easily. But "reducing paragraphs to bullet points" doesn’t mean sticking bullet-point icons in front of paragraphs.
As a rule of thumb, if you have to resize your text to 12- or 10-point type to get it to fit, you have too much text. This [[xref:http://www.slideshare.net/SMinOrgs/social-media-primer-part-5-from-the-sminorgs-smart-blog|presentation on social media|Social Media Primer Part 5 - from the SMinOrgs S.M.A.R.T. Blog]] is a great example of bullet points gone bad. The text is tiny, the bullet points are longer than ten words each, and at least one of them is a full-fledged paragraph.
For more PowerPoint sins to avoid, check out “[[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/161912/powerpoint_hell_dont_let_this_happen_to_your_next_presentation.html|PowerPoint Hell: Don’t Let This Happen to Your Next Presentation|PowerPoint Hell: Don’t Let This Happen to Your Next Presentation]].”