|Power Point Tips
- Do the presentation first, then
Many people draft and write their
presentation in PowerPoint itself. It's far better to prepare the
presentation in Word (or whatever other tool you use to write)--including
all the detail you want to present--and then transfer the highlights to
PowerPoint. The one problem with using Word for this: It doesn't have a very
good outlining tool.
- Artwork has killed more presentations than it's saved.
You're not a graphic artist, and neither am I. PowerPoint makes it
too easy to add confusing graphics to presentations. Use restraint.
- Animation is for cartoons.
Animation tends to take over the presentation, which then becomes more about
the presenter trying to make all the builds and transitions work properly
than actually presenting the content.
- Present more than the slides.
Don't you hate it when presenters stand at the front of a room and
read their slides ? Slides are supposed to convey the major points
of the presentation, reinforcing the speaker's points. Use them as prompts
to talk about specific topics, as an outline, not as the substance of the
- Use the notes pages.
people are unaware that PowerPoint lets you attach notes to slides, which
can then be printed and used to guide you or to give to the audience. Search
for "notes" in the Help file to find out more about this feature.
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
No, you don't have to stand in front of a mirror and do your
entire presentation. But a sit-down with some colleagues can answer the
questions, "Do these slides make sense?" and "Is this the information people
care about?"--before you find out the hard way.