PowerPoint slide shows may be less popular than they were a few years ago, mainly due to overuse of this Microsoft presentation aid. However, the phrase ‘death by PowerPoint’ could be inspired more by the unimaginative use of this software than by its frequent use in corporate seminars.
So maybe the trick to keeping your audience engaged is to try something new. The following tricks may help make your presentations stand out for all the right reasons.
Did you know that if the stock PowerPoint templates just aren’t doing it for you, then you can create your own? PowerPoint has a master editor that allows you to design a custom slide that you can then use as a template:
Since PowerPoint 2013, it has been a lot easier to format your pictures. You can add some nice effects and a little sheen to otherwise bland images.
If the basic selection of animations is not to your liking, you can create your own. This one is a little tricky, so you’ll have to tinker around to get them exactly how you want them.
Varying your presentation style can make for a more interesting session, so why not zoom in on the parts of the slide that require special attention – maybe a chart or a graph? A magnifying glass in the Presenter View allows you to do this.
Your presentations will look neater if you line up the images you add. Rather than doing this by eye, you can align them using a built-in PowerPoint feature.
This article is from our Spring 2019 Soundbytes Newsletter. To read the other articles from the newsletter, click on a link below: