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Got tips or tricks for using PowerPoint to make amazing presentations?
January 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm #89260
Let’s face it. The government would shut down if people were not able to conduct briefings or present information to one another using PowerPoint. So there must be some pretty amazing tips and tricks – some real gurus out there – to create presentations that convey information and ideas effectively. One of my favorite websites is Presentation Zen.
What are some things that you appreciate from people who use PowerPoint?
What resources or tips would you recommend?
January 21, 2010 at 4:09 am #89278
What are some things that I appreciate from people who use PowerPoint?
Here are five things that immediately come to mind:
- Contrast – Make the text (and other things you want your audience to actually see) stand out from the background. Black text on a white background, while maybe boring, is never difficult to read.
- Use a Clean or No Background – Nothing makes your presentation harder to see from the back of the room (or more distracting) than a busy background.
- Brief Bullet Text – Your bullets should give your audience just enough to know what you will be discussing. Remember, PowerPoint should be used to supplement your presentation. Oh, and please don’t read your bullets to the audience!
- No Embedded Music or Other Sound Effects – Usually little reason to do this in a professional presentation and 9.9 times out of 10 it’s just plain distracting.
- Use Consistent Animations and Slide Transitions – Keeps the focus on you, the presenter. You audience will not be playing the “I wonder what’ll happen next?” game with your presentation.
Just my two cents. 🙂
January 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm #89276
January 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm #89274
Fewer words, more images – but make sure the images really illustrate your point…sometimes use great images that don’t necessarily match their message.
Include credits and hyperlinks for all images, websites and videos you cite….
Check out Presentation Zen for more great tips!
February 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm #89272
1. Color. Straight black and white is boring and difficult for audience members and the presenters to get excited about.
2. Limit your full text explanations. Sometimes a word or two is all you need (as a presenter) to remind yourself of what you wanted to speak about…don’t forget that your audience can always take notes!
3. Length. Should be 1-2 slides per minute of your presentation (depending on what you’re talking about). Don’t add so many slides that your audience is inundated, but you need enough to make sure that you can clearly articulate your point.
February 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm #89270
Hannah – you reminded me of something else when you mentioned “can always take notes”:
Recently, audiences have indicated that they would like to have a copy of the slides during the presentation. I have resisted for a couple reasons:
1. Want to drive them to website afterward
2. Not very green to print
Got ideas for alternatives? When I presented for ASTD, they required that we limit our handouts to 2 pages…worked well…but adds significant lift to the overall presentation in order to build both slides and handout…
February 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm #89268
That’s a tough one as I usually always provide a copy of the presentation (per management’s request); however, one thought is to provide the most important slides? That way your audience knows what to key in on and we can keep green at the same time?
February 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm #89266
Good suggestion…I like it and will most likely try it at my next speaking gig.
February 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm #89264
For my recent presentations, I have been making a one page take-away. I put the top 3-4 points I am trying to make and my email/web address. That way the audience has something to take with them and will remember what the web address is for.
Most of my presentation slides are photos with one or two words. Thus a complete print out of the slides doesn’t give much information.
February 22, 2010 at 12:32 am #89262
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