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Create a Winning PowerPoint Presentation
Have you ever sat through a PowerPoint presentation where your primary thought was to check the clock every two minutes to see if it would ever end? That doesn’t have to be your PowerPoint presentation! You can create a presentation that will have people engaged, interested, and want to learn more about what you’ve got after you’re done. How do you do that?
Tell a Compelling Story With Your Presentation
There’s more to a good story than a beginning, a middle, and an end. Your beginning must be captivating, interesting, and get people onto the edge of their seats. The middle is the place where you develop the characters of the story, help people relate to specific characters, and you take people out of where they currently are and put them into this world you’ve created. The ending must have a great twist that is unexpected so that the entire effort doesn’t get written off as “That’s predictable.” Do that with your presentation and you’ll have success every time.
Plan Out Your Presentation
When movies are filmed, they aren’t usually created with every scene in order. A storyboard is created, reflecting the different parts of the movie that need to be filmed. Each section of the movie is then filmed based on a varying set of criteria, eventually coming together in a film that you’d likely go see in the theater [or on DVD if you've got toddlers!]. The same should be true of your presentation: plan it out first, then create it second. Post-It notes make for a good tool because they can represent the slides you plan on creating and can be easily moved.
Take Time To Practice Your Presentation
A polished PowerPoint presentation is one that will leave a lasting impact. Many presenters utilize what is called the 10/4 rule: in other words, you need to practice your presentation 10 times in total. 4 of those practice sessions should be in front of a live audience that can give you feedback about what you can do to improve the presentation. It does make you vulnerable at least initially, but it is better to be vulnerable in front of people who are helping you than during your final presentation.
Break Up Your Presentation
Pictures might look cool, but too many cool pictures and people will lose their focus. Too much text might be ok on one slide or maybe two, but if all you’ve got is a slide full of informational text, people would rather read a book than listen to you. Break things up, use text, graphics, pictures, and other resources so that people will actually anticipate your next slide!
Lock Down Your Presentation Today!
Using short, concise answers and visually appealing graphics, these tips will help you create the perfect PowerPoint presentation that will captivate and engage your audience in a brand new way. Create a great first impression, be prepared to stun your audience, and avoid last minute changes to your presentation that can throw you off. When you lock everything down, you’re certain to find a greater level of success!