Friday, 17 August 2012

How To Create An Interesting PowerPoint Presentation


Microsoft PowerPoint can be a powerful presentation tool for many businesses, academic institutions and non-profit groups. While PowerPoint can be a great way to present information to an audience, it’s essential to make sure that information is present in a clean, coherent way. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to create an interesting PowerPoint presentation.

When creating a presentation, it’s important to avoid blocks of text. While it can be tempting to put a large body of text on a presentation side, this can cause several problems. In many cases, it can be difficult to read text on a screen that is in a smaller font. In addition, a large body of text can draw attention away from the presenter.

A presentation should be used to complement a presenter. By providing a summary of a speaker’s information, it’s possible to help improve comprehension of a subject.

Many people enjoy using transitions on PowerPoint presentations. However, these are usually considered unprofessional. Flashy effects and animated transitions between slides may be a good choice when showing off reunion photos, but they aren’t appropriate for a business.

However, tasteful animations and video content can be a useful tool to complement a presentation. However, it’s essential to make sure they are presented in a way that doesn’t draw attention away from a speaker. Like large bodies of text, it’s essential to make sure that presentations don’t overpower a speaker.

To make an interesting PowerPoint, it’s important to tell a story. While droning on about statistics and business projections is a necessary part of modern business life, these types of activities can quickly put an audience to sleep.

Instead, it’s a good idea to tell a story to which an audience can relate. For example, a personal anecdote can be a great way to print people into a presentation. If people can relate to a particular story, they will be able to pay closer attention to the mundane details of a presentation.

For example, a presentation on the industrial regulation of mercury in groundwater can be spiced up by a personal anecdote on the dangers of mercury. If a speaker is able to elicit an emotional response from an audience, he or she will be able to guide an audience’s opinion and views in any direction that the speaker chooses.

It’s also a good idea to use varied backgrounds when making PowerPoint slides. Instead of using a bland, default template for a presentation, try using a colourful image as a background. It’s possible to improve the readability of a presentation through the use of contrast manipulation tools. This can help ensure that a background image isn’t too much of a distraction for the presentation’s audience.

By incorporating different design techniques into a presentation, it’s possible to improve viewer engagement and interest for a wide variety of subjects. In addition, implementing a personal story or anecdote can be a great way to connect with an audience. Most important of all, make sure to practice before giving a presentation.

Rosie writes for Principal Corp a leader in the consumer electronics and managed services industry, Principal specialises in Office Systems and fax machines amongst other practical IT based solutions.


  1. Article on Powerpoint ...with no visual or infographics itself is less impressive presentation..Recommend that author puts all these points graphically to involve's a proven method...

  2. If you are only reporting numbers (MIS/KPI) go for the tips mentioned in the above article...The thoughts here are applicable only for office productivity presentations which have way too serious tone....but as marketers we wud luv our viewers to concentrate on our presentation (product) than speaker....also on slideshare and scribd ppl are more interested in presentation than the speaker so it has to be visually attractive...if u r selling/marketing a product...then be creative use doodles, vector makes ur presentation look icatchy...also those who are mac users i wud recommend to use keynote over powerpoint as it's more user friendly and has graphically superior backgrounds...styles...fonts....


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