PowerPoint Youself in the Right DirectionDecember 13, 2011


Probably the absolute first thing to know about PowerPoint’s is to already have an outline of what you want to present, have a clear message, what’s your POINT! If you’ve got an outline either written out or typed up in a separate document, then you better know how to build a presentation using PowerPoint.

If you’re a beginner, try to improve your PowerPoint’s by building them from existing presentations you have previously created. This
will allow you save time and improve and see where corrections can be made in the future.

Make certain to save it as a new copy under its new presentation name (be sure to save it somewhere accessible and remarkable – it’s
okay to ditch it on your desktop if you’re working on it several days in a row.

Every time you build on your existing PowerPoint incorporate a new element, don’t overwhelm your presentation, and just learn how to do one attribute well.  If you’ve managed well through the color scheme and mastered the art of bullet points, try incorporating
charts and graphs, adding photos and animation. Ready for a cheat sheet to speed up the process? Here is a great tutorial from beginner to advance: PowerPoint Quick Fresh

POWERPOINT DO’S

  • Make the contract in color apparent

    • Dark text over light background, light background over dark text

    • Keep the slides between 6 and 8 including intro

    • Make important text font stand out

      • Don’t bold, italicize, or underline too many things, just key elements

      • Keep the SAME font for all slides

      • Keep animation at a minimum

        • Less is more, animation can detract from the goal of the presentation


        POWERPOINT DON’TS

        • Don’t cram all of your information on the slides

          • Use only as an outline, not as a novel

          • Don’t change your color scheme drastically from slide to slide

            • The idea is to present a congruent theme, which each topic being relative to the next

            • Don’t time out your presentation to change slides at a certain point

              • Unless you are ABSOLUTELY certain you’ve allotted the appropriate time

              • Don’t add more than three photos or images in the entire presentation

                • Visual aids are only effective when kept minimal


                POWERPOINT –POINTERS

                • Employ color and font, keep it congruent and appeasing to the eyes, avoid anything that looks like someone barfed skittles
                  on your presentation

                • Include relevant animation and clip art, where as they can be fun and truly make your presentation standout, if abused, you’ll
                  win the award for worst presentation rather than winning over anyone’s attention

                • Know your audience, research the company you’re presenting with/for/to. Can you incorporate their logo? Reiterate their mottos? What are their company colors? Do they support similar causes in the community/industry as your firm? PowerPoint’s are a combination of showing your
                  image, your brand and also incorporating their image, their brand and how the two are complimentary.

                • Presenters! You’re presentation is not a book that you’re reading off page by page or slide by slide, it’s an outline,
                  communicate with your audience, don’t read to them. PowerPoint’s enhance your message they enhance you. They’re a tool, they’re not the show. You are! Take time, memorize what you’re going to say, practice the reaction. Present to several of your co-workers beforehand. Even the most advanced presenters practice a new or revised presentation!



                Hilarious video on what not to do in a PowerPoint: A funny approach to PowerPoint