The Importance of Quality Handouts by Ethos3


Slides are not documents… but most of the time, a presentation does require a handout or two.  Renowned presentation design firm Ethos3 gives us some great advice on the importance of quality handouts:


I never thought about designing handouts that match the design of my slides!  I am excited to begin working in Pages to create effective documents that supplement my effective slides.

Have you been using well-designed handouts in your presentations?  Or are you still treating your slides as your documents?


3 thoughts on “The Importance of Quality Handouts by Ethos3

  1. Great topic, Alex…

    Since most of the work I do is Corporate Training (professional development), we (BigBlueGumball) need to create workshop manuals to accompany our training programs.

    Having seen tons of hideous, ineffective, and uninspiring training manuals, we made a conscious effort to do things differently. We choose core content and visual models directly from our PowerPoint presentations, and use them to create our training manuals (using PowerPoint…!). We also purposefully leave out pieces of information in our models so that our participants can “fill in the blanks” and process information in their own way as we move through the program. Essentially, we create a visual workbook for them to engage with.

    While we do include a few slightly text-heavy “documents” in our manuals, they’re usually used for “Top Tips” sections and discussion points. Aside from that, we try to create manuals that are visual, colorful, practical, streamlined, meaningful, and fun….!

    In a way, I suppose we’re actually treating our documents as slides – which is much better than the reverse :-)

    Thanks again for the topic – I think you’ve just inspired a blog post…!!!

    • Hey Steve! Thanks so much for your comment. I love to hear your perspective on this because the Ethos3 video gave me such an “ah ha!” moment. The idea of a “visual workbook” is amazing, I think. Can’t wait to read your upcoming blog post.

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