Useful Microsoft PowerPoint Tips

Want to know how to use Microsoft PowerPoint? Or just need a few tips before you get started? While you should always do the obvious like removing your mouse pointer during the display, there are a couple of other things you might not think about before your presentation. Here are a couple of tips to get you started in on making great presentations with MS PowerPoint.

  1. Focus On Content First – Did you know that the most important part of your MS PowerPoint presentation is your content? Sit down and write an outline before you start working on anything else. It’s a great idea to have a complete idea of what you’re going to say to your audience, what they have to get from it and how you want them to feel.  With this in mind, you can base your graphics, your images and your ideas around your text rather than the other way around. While it doesn’t always work out that way, it’s a great way to get started on having an actual solid point behind your PowerPoint.
  2. Text is Important – The text is just as important as the graphics. For example, your text has to be large enough to read, no matter how small your presentation screen is. Another thing to consider is that it’s easier to read solid text rather than any with applied effects such as zoom in, scrolling or etc. Put your text in a solid state so that it doesn’t move and then consider adding italics, bolding and underlining for key points that you want people to notice. These additions, when used sparingly, will make your points jump out of the powerpoint and make an impression.
  3. Use Engaging Graphics – As important as your text is, your graphics are important to. Consider using high quality images, photos and graphs to go along with your slides. Did you know that the average person will get bored watching a slide with just texts? Keep you words short (you’re going to be talking anyway) and back up the information with graphs, charts and relevant imagery, even if you just have a company logo or etc. behind your text, it will make a big difference in keeping people from getting bored.
  4. Use Period Key – Do you want to stop your slideshow and have your audience focus their attention on you? If you’ve enabled shortcuts in your MS PowerPoint, you can cut the presentation to a black screen just by pressing the period button. Press it again to bring your PowerPoint back, right where you left off.
  5. Answer Slides – Sure you’ve gotten a great presentation out there, but what if your audience asks questions. Experts recommend that you create a few slides that will go along well with any questions you expect to be asked. You can bring the slides up for extra emphasis (and to impress your audience) whenever the relevant questions are asked. Usually the best way to do this is to number your slides and then write a list of what each number coincides to so that you can bring the relevant slide up in minutes.

The key to creating an impressive PowerPoint is to deliver a strong message with interesting details. Don’t bore anyone to death but stay focused on your goal at the same time. Teaming up with great graphics, a well written presentation and a tiny bit of humor can do wonders for your presentation.

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