How To Make A Powerpoint Presentation
PowerPoint presentations are a great tool to convey and present one's ideas. But often they are badly prepared, badly designed and badly presented. The video shows some tips and precautions needed to be taken to make your presentation effective and attractive.
Hi. I am Lawerence Berstein, a professional speech writer and I run greatspeechwriting.co.
uk. Irrespective of what sort of speech you are going to give, there are two or three key things to bear in mind. Firstly, there is nothing to beat preparation.
And hopefully, you are not watching this 24 hours before you are due to give your speech. But the more time you leave yourself, the better. Second of all, do not worry about speaking for too long.
Often, a five-minute speech is much, much more powerful and impactful than a 20-minute one, and brevity is often the key. And finally, although a lot of the videos that I have created are about writing a speech, please remember that you cannot think about writing and delivering separately, they are one in the same thing, you are writing to make the speech easy to deliver and if you think of it that way, then the thing should work. So you are putting together a power point presentation that I assume that you may be giving it quite soon in a work contest.
And the absolute key to what you do next is to make sure that the two elements of that presentation work in unison. One side is the slides that you are going to use and other side is the scripts that sits behind them, and almost every power point presentation goes wrong confuses the two in a very, very simple way. The slides are not your speech, and they are not your script.
And the worst presentations include hundreds of words on each slide where the speaker simply reads them out to an audience who can already read it themselves. Now, the pit holes of that approach are pretty straight forward. You end up with a room full of people who are bored, who can read things much quicker than you say it.
You look redundant and before you know it, there will be glazed eyes in that room. So, first thing's first. Make the slides in pack full, summarize things, have something that is going to catch the audience's attention but not give them all the information they need to know.
As once that information has been caught, then it's your job to tell them using the script that they cannot see a little bit more about the slide. Now you can use every power point presentation trick in the world. The slides can build, there can be things flying in and out, there can be words sitting on top of pictures, there can be diagrams.
All of those are very, very useful as long as they are simple, easy to understand and again, they are just illustrating a point in your making either before you make it or as a result of something that you have just said. From that point on, the thing is, you know, relatively straight forward and the tips I give somebody creating a power point will be very similar to the speeches I give some in creating a speech because the two of them are very similar. It is only that the power point has some visual imagery behind it.
So keep the thing very simple. Keep it punchy. Only write with an aim in mind.
Decide what you want the people in that room to be saying at the end of the event or the presentation that you are giving and write for that purpose. If there is one key thing they need to remember, you make sure that the presentation repeats it time and time again and it is up there in the board in front of them, and it is something that the story of the presentation naturally leads them to. Do not be worried about using a bit of humor.
However serious and technical the point you are trying to make, you are talking to people. You are not talking to robots. And on that basis, if they are smiling and they are looking at you, and they are agreeing with you, then everything is going to be much better than they just sit there, trying to keep their eyes open.
There are of course, a number of other things that you should not do. Let me run through three or four of the most obvious. As I said, do not use your slides as prompts with hundreds of words on them.
Do not start reading of them like an auto qu