If you need tips for an effective and hard-hitting PowerPoint presentation, you don’t have to look far from home. Home, in this case, means Microsoft Support. To be specific, the support section of MS-Office. You will find all the tips you need for creating PowerPoint slides including the design and template, and then how to put it together and deliver it as a presentation that rocks the audience.
Tips for Creating an Effective PowerPoint Presentation
The most important thing you can do is keep the number of slides down to an absolute minimum. Your audience shouldn’t forget how it started and what it was about by the time you get to the end. Stick to a single message, and hammer it home again and again through a small number of slides. Also note that the text font should be as large as possible and easy to read. Curvy edges and stylish fonts may look good to you, but they can be hard to read during the small amount of time that the slide is shown. Similarly, make sure that your PowerPoint template has a design and theme with a background image and/or colors that have a sharp contrast with the text color, so that the text is highlighted properly.
Other Things You Can Do To Get Your Message Across Clearly:
- Use bullet points to separate short sentences.
- Avoid long sentences and don’t string them up using conjunctions.
- Make use of one picture per slide to get your message across.
- Always check your slides for grammar and spelling mistakes.
Tips for Delivering an Effective PowerPoint Presentation
The most important thing you can do to deliver a solid PowerPoint Presentation is to prepare well and practice the delivery in advance. Come early, check the slides, turn on the presentation and make sure all the equipment is up and running. Save a copy on the cloud, on a CD or a removable drive, in case the computer crashes or there is some other technical snafu.
Give a practice presentation beforehand to colleagues or friends, so that you can test your delivery and the impact it has. You will also get the chance to fix any slide mistakes and delivery quirks that you may not have been aware of.
All said and done, delivering a PowerPoint presentation is pretty much like giving a speech. The only difference is that you have visual aids, and your job is to simply start off with an introduction and then explain each slide one by one.