This article is designed to help students create PowerPoint presentations that are sure to impress!
Choosing a Perfect Template
Looking through the catalog of PowerPoint sample templates can be a little overwhelming. All of these are meant to be used in presentations. Some backgrounds, however, have more marketing appeal than others. The “Facet” template is my go-to. Selecting this background will give the presentation a pop of color without being too distracting.
Don’t Make the PowerPoint too “Wordy”
When creating a PowerPoint, the speaker is in the driver’s seat. Creating PowerPoint slides that have too much to read can distract audience members from the important details of your presentation.
Adding eye-catching images will help keep the audience’s attention. Make sure images relate to the information presented, visuals should be added sparingly but spread throughout. Not using pictures can make an audience zone out. Adding several visuals can make an audience feel overwhelmed.
If you’re planning to give a presentation in person, it is a good idea to prepare for that big moment.
Speaking to audiences can be scary. Try not to overthink being friendly. So many people get caught up in making an over-complicated joke that won’t land. The best thing to do is simply change terminologies, perhaps when trying to seem more cordial. Instead of saying “hello,” say “hey.” Don’t say “people” where stakeholders say “folks” or “friends.” This will make the audience feel more at ease.
Personal Appearances Matters
It goes without saying that a presenter should not wear yoga pants and a sports bra on presentation day. It may also be true that a suit and tie can be too dressy. When choosing a presentation day outfit, it is important to think about the image. Ask yourself about the vibe of the company or class that inspired the presentation.
Practice makes perfect. If you practice your presentation and use these tips, you will do wonderfully.