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How to Give a Good PowerPoint Presentation

Updated on January 16, 2015

How to Give a Good PowerPoint Presentation

How to Give a Good PowerPoint Presentation

How to Give a Good PowerPoint Presentation

When PowerPoint, a software product developed by Microsoft, was released in the late 1980s and early 1990s it was a huge boon to a presentation. Suddenly dull office meetings were interesting again. Because PowerPoint has now been around for several years, it's still a great presentation tool however in order to have an impact it needs to be used wisely. Here's how:

Tip #1 Use PowerPoint slides as supporting material, not your entire presentation. For example, if you're giving a talk you can highlight important statistics or data on a PowerPoint slide. This makes it easier for you because you don't have to memorize the data and it makes it easier for your audience to see. And if you present the data in a nice chart or graph your audience can quickly ascertain the importance of the information.

Tip #2 KISS: Keep it simple, silly. It's easy to get carried away with all of the features and effects PowerPoint offers users. However, the most effective graphics are often the easiest on the eyes. That means using fonts that are easy to read whether you're sitting in the front of the room or the back, using colors that stand out well in contrast to the other colors on the slide, and making the image large enough that everyone can see it. Additionally, each slide will want to contain only one or two bits of key information. You want your audience's attention on you, not reading the projector screen.

Tip #3 When giving your PowerPoint presentation, use the slides as part of your speech rather than reading them. When you get to the point in your presentation, where the slides are relevant, turn your audience's attention to the graphic and continue talking.

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Tip #4 Go outside of the box. PowerPoint does offer some wonderful graphics and images however, you're not limited to them. Feel free to pull relevant images from appropriate sources online or scan them from print materials and include them into your presentation.

Tip #5 Make handouts of your PowerPoint slide available to your audience. Because many of your key points will be integrated into your slides, you may want to give your audience access to them. There are differing opinions on whether to hand them out before the presentation or afterwards, the complications being you'll have to listen to shuffling papers during your presentation and you may not have your audience's full attention versus your audience missing the information on a slide and falling behind in the presentation.

The essential thing to remember when delivering a PowerPoint presentation is to use PowerPoint slides as an aid to your presentation and not the foundation of the talk. The idea is to keep the attention on you and to use a slide to demonstrate important data or information without breaking the flow of your presentation, distracting your audience. When used correctly PowerPoint really amplifies the effectiveness of a speech and gives your audience the information they need.

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Things to pay attention to when you are making a PowerPoint presentation.

  • Use keywords and use them to elaborate on!
  • Make sure that the pictures you use add value
  • Use a Light text on a dark background or dark text on a light background
  • Good spelling is important! First check your spelling or ask a second person to check it for you .
  • Use the same font throughout the presentation.
  • Do not turn your back to the audience to read what is written on the slides
  • Add a quiz, a movie, a google earth map or an audio clip to liven things up.

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