Each of us had to perform in front of an audience. Some give a speech while others give a presentation. PowerPoint is an effective tool for making presentations, but some people do them so poorly that they harm their presentation rather than support it. This article will show you how to create an effective presentation.
Method 1 of 4: Choosing a Theme
Step 1: Pick a topic that you understand and present from an unusual perspective
Step 2. Outline your presentation
Method 2 of 4: Prepare your slides
Step 1. Use a template (it should look professional)
Step 2. On the title slide, summarize (briefly) the main goal or idea of your presentation
Method 3 of 4: Create an effective presentation
Step 1. Use an appropriate font size - such that the text is clearly visible (even from the back rows of the audience / audience) and does not blend in with the background image of the slide
Step 2. Do not place links to sources of information on one slide
Place them on those slides that contain information gleaned from these sources.
Links are sometimes provided below the slides to make them easier to find (if you are emailing your presentation to someone else)
Step 3. Don't use images as background for your slides
They make the text difficult to read.
Step 4. If you need to use an image as a background, adjust its transparency so that the text is easy to read, and make the font color as contrasting as possible
To do this, right-click on the text field, click "Format Picture", select "Solid Fill" or "Picture" and adjust the transparency (set the value to 70-80%).
Step 5. Use graphs and tables to present information (but do not overdo it with their number)
Step 6. Use short sentences and phrases
Remember the 5 by 5 rule: a slide should include no more than five sentences (each marked with a marker) of five words each. Please do not insert long paragraphs or simply break them up into short bulleted sentences.
Step 7. Use animation to grab attention, but do not get carried away with it - everything should be within reasonable limits
Step 8. If you are using animated slide transitions, use only one type of transition
Don't try to use multiple types - it looks unprofessional. Note: Just because you have to stick to one type of transition does not mean that you have to use only one type of animation.
Method 4 of 4: Final touches
Step 1. Review the presentation at least five times
Remove errors and small blots. Moreover, practice your presentation.
- Save your presentation file regularly.
- Only come up with short but meaningful headlines after you've put all the information on the slides (in other words, save the headings for later).
- Use techniques to grab the audience's attention.
- Animation should only be used in two cases: to accentuate a certain phrase / sentence, or to present a bulleted list.
- Memorize the text of the presentation so as not to read it! This will create a connection with the audience.
- The fade animation looks professional.
- Don't be afraid to use templates. If you don't like the pre-installed templates, you can find hundreds of others on the internet.
- Do not use animation that distracts attention from the material being presented and do not insert animation too often.
- Change the format of your slides frequently (i.e. change the text alignment from right to left, etc.)
- Don't use long sentences - they make your presentation boring and unprofessional.
- Insert small pictures to attract attention.