You may have been asked to prepare a project summary, a report, a deck…etcAnd it can be really confusing, especially if you are starting from scratch and not sure; How to start What template to use What to include...
If not planned well, may take long hoursYou may want to change/modify the template, the content…etc a lot while working on…
And in some certain cases may really drive crazy, especially when crashed…
If you know how to deal with it and leverage it to create your own presentation
These are the six principles I usually try to stick to when I am working with PowerPoint. They seem very obvious to all of us but I promise you we usually take them for granted!
George Bernard Shaw - Irish playwright (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950)
Need to know the audience, their background, interests and understand what they want to see to define; How we want them to benefit? What do we want to accomplish after the presentation is over? what design, what template will we use?
Is the message I am trying to deliver clear to everyone?Do I highlight it well enough?
What to include?FactsStatisticsDataExecutive summaryRecommendations…
The content and the way you put them together is the key to deliver the message
If you cook all those ingredients all together and dump into a bowl, you will get thisSo easy to cookWill people like it? Would you like it?
Very simple but classy presentation
We can always use 6W’s while working on the message and the contentAsk these W’s about the topic we will be working on before we start building the presentationIt really helps!..
After working on the main message, contents;we need to create a story, a well-prepared flow for the contentsto make sureeverything flows smoothly and serves to the point!
Break the story to pieces to better view the flow;How to startHow to developHow to finish
Then make sure everything is put together in a flawless flow…
Also make sure the entire piece tells your story and delivers your message
Simplicity always wins !
Bill GatesVery complex slide behind him, you cannot focus on the presenter while there is this slide ob the screenThe audience will try to keep up with the slide and try to read and understand
Steve JobsVery simple, to the point
Please read the definition for Instructional TechnologyBlank the screen and ask them to repeat the definition
Ask for the audience’s thoughts…
You can do as many slides as you wantIt costs $0.00/slide in PowerPoint !!!!
If it is readable from 7 ft on your screen then it will be readable in many conference or meeting rooms since the screens are usually adjusted accordingly
No fonts with tails, it is difficult to read themDifferent colors or bold is better than Italic or Underline
Use the animations only when you think it is necessary and helps you with the context
When used correctly colors help to great extent;To highlight somethingTo differentiate somethingTo influence the emotionsSo on…
Very difficult to follow the trend
When there is more than 14 data points, line and area charts are better to show the trend
Pie charts are great to talk about shares
Once again, they seem so obvious but usually taken for granted
Effective Powerpoint Presentations
Effective PowerPoint Presentations Kaan Demiryurek, Nov 2009
There are 300 million PowerPoint users**estimate
Instructional Technology: A complex integrated process involving people, procedures, ideas, devices, and organization, for analyzing problems and devising, implementing, evaluating, and managing solutions to those problems in situations in which learning is purposive and controlled (HMRS 5th ed.) Too detailed !
Instructional Technology: A process involving people, procedures & tools for solutions to problems in learning (HMRS 5th ed.) Much Simpler
Instructional Technology;A processinvolving people, procedures, toolsfor solutionsto problems in learning(HMRS 5th ed.) Even Better?
Make it BigKeep it SimpleAdd a little variety and colors
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