ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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:

5) Learn from the pro's...

Tips? Comments? Suggestions?

Reader Feedback

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Linda Pogue profile image

      Linda Pogue 

      7 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!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)