Many moms are re-entering the workforce after years of staying home to raise their kids. One skill that is essential to have for almost any field is creating slides with Powerpoint. PowerPoint is an incredibly useful tool for making fast and easy presentations of information that would otherwise take much longer to properly convey. While the internet has recently caught on with “infographics” that you may see popping up around the web, PowerPoint was condensing and presenting information visually for well over a decade with the very same principles involved. Here are 10 tips that you can use to make your PowerPoint presentation a hit.
1. Use Media
If you have video that you can include in the presentation, use it. The same is true of audio. PowerPoint is a multimedia presentation tool, and multi means many.
2. Use Graphics
PowerPoint is visual. Don’t tell your information, show it in colorful charts. You can use Excel to create colorful charts that will export to PowerPoint, and even edit the information on the fly if necessary.
3. Start Strong
Your presentation needs to have a strong introduction to catch the attention of the audience. Don’t overload them with information right out of the gate. Lead into it naturally and most importantly tell a story.
4. Don’t Go Crazy with Animations
They can be a nice added effect, but animations and transitions can be distracting. If in doubt, choose the bare minimum of effects to add and then try it for a test audience to see what they say.
5. Present Your Outline
Your presentation will be going over several points, so lay them out in the beginning after your introduction. Try to keep it simple, focusing on the strongest points you will be covering.
6. Keep Your Presentation Manageable
Along with media, you may end up having a rather large file size. Use native PowerPoint assets whenever possible, and keep your presentation compressed for easy, fast loading and the ability to carry it on a flash drive.
7. Mind Consistency
When you print a presentation, it may look different than it does on screen. When you use it on another computer, it may also look different. Try to keep the presentation as generalized as possible to prevent conflicts.
8. Use the Right Colors
Colors have different psychological associations. If you haven’t already done so, look for guides on complimentary colors and their psychological effects. You don’t want to cause panic with your black text on a red background if your presentation is about a new line of cupcakes.
9. Stay Brief
The people that are attending your presentation have other tasks they need to see to. Make sure that your presentation covers each point concisely. Using ten slides or less is a goal that some presenters keep in mind.
10. Know the Audience
An off-beat or humorous presentation is no good if your audience is straight laced, and vice versa. Know your audience before you begin to put together your presentation. It needs to be just as persuasive as it is fact-filled.
These are just a few tips, mostly just keep in mind that you should not be reading from the presentation, you should be telling your story and only referring back to it when absolutely necessary. One last thing, always practice!