Microsoft PowerPoint is a highly effective software application that countless individuals and companies have used over the years to create powerful presentations. However, PowerPoint is only as good as the person using it. Most people don’t understand and haven’t been trained on all of PowerPoint’s capabilities. Taking Microsoft training and courses and even receiving Microsoft certification is a great way to understand how this software program can benefit you and your company. Additionally, here are a few tips to help you make a powerful PowerPoint presentation.
The shorter, the better
Let’s face it, we’ve all sat through presentations that have dragged on for far too long and we’ve subsequently become much less attentive and engaged. That’s why it’s key to keep PowerPoint presentations as brief and concise as possible. You want your audience focused more on the content of your presentation and the key message you’re trying to deliver, rather than how bored they are and how badly they want you to conclude.
A good rule of thumb in creating a PowerPoint presentation is to keep to as few slides as possible. This will allow you to verbally deliver some key message points, rather than just reading the content that people can already see in the presentation. Let them read your content while you elaborate on it. This will help you seem much more professional and invested in the presentation. Also, keeping your information very brief on each slide is key. Slides with too much information lose their impact. Make sure to only include those critical pieces of information that will impact your audience. Using appropriate fonts and sizes can help your slides be more legible and easy to understand for your audience as well. If they can’t read your slides, they’re going to miss important points.
Bells and whistles
While there are many bells and whistles in PowerPoint, you don’t have to use all of them on every slide of your presentation. While the use of graphics, animation, color, etc. are great; you need to make sure to not overdo it. Make sure that whatever features you use enhance your message, rather than detract from it. Using graphs, charts, etc. can be a great way to communicate important information in a visually appealing and easily digestible way. Attractive graphics and colors will keep eyeballs on the presentation.
Practice makes perfect
After you’ve created your PowerPoint presentation, the most important thing you can do is rehearse it. Using your presentation as your guide, practice the message that you’re going to deliver, the questions that you’re going to ask, etc. As you run through the presentation a few times, you’ll undoubtedly come up with some edits. It’s much better to practice then make those revisions beforehand, rather than realizing in the middle of your presentation that you’ve either included bad information, or omitted key points.
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