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6 tips for creating more effective PowerPoint presentations

PowerPoint presentations are something that we’ve all had to work with at one point or another. But interestingly, many people will confess that they still don’t know how to create a presentation using PowerPoint that is both informative and engaging.

Most professional presenters that use PowerPoint are in agreement that the most critical thing to remember when creating a presentation is not to overwhelm your audience. Slides flooded with facts often confuse and bore, not engage, your audience. And even worse, text heavy slides are usually read by the audience, and in the process, the speaker is ignored.

With this in mind, consider implementing these simple tips in your next PowerPoint to help improve the strength of your presentation:

PowerPoint presentations are something that we’ve all had to work with at one point or another. But interestingly, many people will confess that they still don’t know how to create a presentation using PowerPoint that is both informative and engaging.

Most professional presenters that use PowerPoint are in agreement that the most critical thing to remember when creating a presentation is not to overwhelm your audience. Slides flooded with facts often confuse and bore, not engage, your audience. And even worse, text heavy slides are usually read by the audience, and in the process, the speaker is ignored.

With this in mind, consider implementing these simple tips in your next PowerPoint to help improve the strength of your presentation:

  1. If your presentation centers on a narrative, use only a small number of slides that contain powerful supporting images, text and statistics. Use the slides to make a point, not steal the show.
  2. If you are presenting how-to’s or other instructional information, try creating simple slides that use a small number of words to make your point, and don’t be afraid to use a lot of slides.
  3. If you are presenting structured information, use bullet points, not sentences or paragraphs to help your viewers’ eyes scan through the slide and catch each point.
  4. Leave the Clip Art, animations or fancy slide transitions behind – what you are saying should be the focus, not the dancing bear on slide 15.
  5. Focus on branding your business through your presentation so you can increase awareness of your company through the whole speech.
  6. Rehearse with your slides to make sure your presentation flows well. Getting lost in your presentation’s slide can detract from the information you are sharing.

By following these tips, you may be on your way to more effective presentations for your business.

For more information on how to best utilize PowerPoint for presentations, check out this Inc. article.