ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Creating a perfect presentation with powerpoint

Updated on June 21, 2009

Communication on the modern workplace require the use of technology. For example, Microsoft Powerpoint has become a standard for multimedia presentations. If you want to be sucessfull in your job, you will probably be required to present your ideas using powerpoint. In fact, recently even universities are requiring candidates for admission to provide a power point slide show about themselves, in addition to the traditional written essay.

At first, it might look complicated to use power point to express your ideas. But with a little practice, you can also become conversant with this technology. It just take a little of practice.

(by the way, if you are also interested in making money on the web, you should also check this web page describing Google Ambush, the next generation of money generation on the web)

The dangers of powerpoint

Although PowerPoint is a very useful piece of software, it has also its drawbacks. Many people have accused the Microsoft presentation package to be responsible for the boredom of many presentations these days.

You have to think of PowerPoint, however, not as something that will guide your presentation, but instead as a tool to improve your talk. Some people use PowerPoint as a security blanket: they try to present as much information as possible in written form, so that they don't need to talk themselves.

So, before you start mastering the PowerPoint technology, you need to be aware that over-reliance on some aspects of the program can make your presentations ultimately boring and without content.

Keeping the focus on the talk

The first rule to use PowerPoint successfully is to realize that you and the talk must be the center of the attention - not the slides. So, you should prepare your PowerPoint slides in a way that just complement what you are saying, instead of being the main element of the presentation.

For example, if you are talking about a business plan, use the slides to provide support material, such as graphics, images that illustrate your point, etc. Don't let the slides make the main point, reserve that privilege to yourself.

If you follow these guidelines, you will see that people will start paying attention more on you and less in the PowerPoint presentation.

Limit the use of special effects

Another problem that many people have is to overuse special effects in their presentations. Of course, it is OK to give some spicy on your talk at special moments - such as the introduction or a planned break. However, don't let special effects in PowerPoint to take away from the attention that you and your topic deserve.

For example, some people try to use blinking animations as a special effect. This hardly ever has the desired result, because it just makes for an anoying distraction to your audience. Keep the special effects to a minimum, and maximize the content -- this way you will have all the attention of the public to yourself.

Don't become a slave of PowerPoint

At the end, this all boils down to knowing that PowerPoint is just a helping hand, and not the star of the show. Some people start forgeting this, and spend almost the whole time they have to create the presentation working on the software.

Realize that PowerPoint is just a tool it will become much more useful in your talks.

Tell a Story

The best presentation have may in similar with good songs and movies: they tell a story that captivates the audience and provide the necessary attention to deliver a message.

You can do the same by the careful planning of your presentation around a theme. The theme can be something in your subject, such as a salesperson that is trying to make its first sell, or something outside the subject, such as a song, a dream, or an observation about a recent news.

Use this theme to connect the different parts of your talk. Even if they are not related to your subject, you can alway create parallels, and use if to bring the attention to what you think is important.

Have Fun

Most of all, a talk is always an opportunity to enjoy yourself and the audience. Use this opportunity wisely, and you will have a lot rewards. You can use PowerPoint to provide the main points of your talk, but the show is yours.

(by the way, if you are also interested in making money on the web, you should also check this web page describing Google Ambush, the next generation of money making on the web)


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)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)