Monday, January 13, 2014

How To Create A Dynamic PowerPoint Presentation For Your Next Meeting

PowerPoint presentations are a powerful way to communicate ideas within a business. One of the worst things about some presentations are that presenters can read directly off each and every slide, post word for word what they want you to learn or just have a boring presentation. Many business owners lack the skills to create a vibrant and informative presentation in hopes of conveying their message. Here are five tips on how you can make your next presentation more dynamic and interesting:
  1. Decide on the message you want to convey. Before creating your presentation, decide what exactly you want your listeners to take away from your presentation. Perhaps if you are trying to explain a new pitch, you goal is to make your PowerPoint eye-grabbing and compelling. If your speech is focused on the sales aspect of your business you might want to focus on a specific strategy or product in order to convey your message to your sales team. 
  2. Make notes or an outline. Try introducing your main point followed by some key points to back up your main point followed by a solid conclusion. Try writing all of this down in a concise format, your listeners do not want you to read directly from your slides. 
  3. Consider aesthetics and readability. Use bullet points as compared to whole paragraphs in your presentation, this will make your presentation more reader-friendly. Try using clipart or charts to convey your information as well. Keep in mind that too many visuals can hinder the ability of your audience to absorb information as well. 
  4. Make the presentation more interesting. Create a paper handout, about one to two pages that you can give your audience. This will allow them to stay on track with your presentation and allow them to review the main points of your presentation. This will also allow you to include any extra tips or points that you weren't able to include in your initial presentation. 
  5. Practice before your deliver your presentation. Make sure you've practiced your presentation before delivering it. You want to make sure that there are no spelling errors and that your presentation runs for as long as the time allotted for it. 
To continue reading on how you can improve your PowerPoint presentation skills, click here.