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Five Tips For A Successful PowerPoint Presentation

Updated on October 5, 2014

How to Make An Impact On The Audience

Many of us may find ourselves in a position in which we are required to complete a task that requires a professional presentation. Most business transactions involve some degree of presentation skill whether it be reporting back to a departmental meeting, guiding a new colleague through the basic office procedures, or giving the members of the board an overview of a new product. These presentations may be given to our coworkers, clients, or even our customers and has the power to boost our career or increase sales.

I'm a media designer myself, creating presentations and getting people ready for a presentation is a part of my job.

Here are some of the tips and essential equipment I find useful. If you stick to these basic guidelines, put in the necessary time and effort and get the necessary eqipment, you'll be delivering successful, informative and enjoyable presentations very soon.

1) Learn how *not* to use first...

This classic video from Don McMillan has been making the internet rounds for years. It's a must-watch for those who love to hate PowerPoint!

Learn why some presentations suck. Remember the last never-ending-presentation-from-hell that you had to attend to. Take notes. Avoid the same mistakes.

2) Get a presenter for goodness sake!

Going back and forth and changing slides is a distraction both for you and the audience. A handheld remote will allow you to move away from the podium. This is an absolute must.

A wireless presenter lets you remain in control of your presentation. It frees you from distraction and allows you to focus on what matters most, your presentation.

Avoid IR presenters. Infrared operated presenters (like a tv remote) requires you to point the presenter to the receiver unit. These are relatively cheaper but often unreliable.

Buy a RF (Radio Frequency) remote. They give you the freedom to move around and you don't have to point the presenter anywhere to get it working.

Editor's Pick

Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000
Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000

It's a notebook mouse. But hey, if you flip it it's a presentation controller with a laser pointer. Do more and carry less with the first ever Notebook Mouse with integrated slide presenter, laser pointer, and media remote control. How cool is that!


3) Apply the 10-20-30 Rule

It is called the 10-20-30 rule of presentation.

10 stands for the number of slides that a presentation should have.

20 stands for the duration any presentation should not exceed.

30 stands for the minimum font size you should use for your presentations.

4) Forget about the clip art - People like pictures

Bullets, cliparts, retina burning backgrounds. Come on. I bet the powerpoint abuse will turn mankind into zombies one day.

Avoid using PowerPoint Clip Art or other cartoonish line art. Your audience has seen it a million times before. It may have been interesting in 1993, but not today.

Good photography is not as hard-to-find today as it is in the past. Many professional photographers now use microstock web sites to sell their images. You can download high quality images for a dollar or two without worrying about the copyright issues.

Here are my top 3 royalty-free stock image providers:

Tips? Comments? Suggestions?

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      Excellent information on developing and delivering PowerPoint presentations. I highly recommend this lens to students and professionals who are preparing for presentations. Blessings!