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Presentation Tips

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Here's some tips to make your PowerPoint Presentations even better.

Presentation Tips

--Slide Transitions and Animations should only be used to emphasize your point; not to draw attention to the Transition or Animation.

--When presenting the presentation, don't read word by word what is on the screen.  People can read.  Use the presentation as a tool.  List key points in the presentation and elaborate on them while you are speaking.

--You may want to record narration into your presentation (learn how to do this.) for people who may not be able to attend the presentation.  You can save the presentation to a disk or distribute it on the Internet and make it seem as if you were right there running the presentation.

--Sounds, Video, and Music should not be used in excess.  Only use these presentation elements when it will help describe a point in greater detail than you can describe yourself.

--Don't move too fast.  Let the information in the slide and your narration sink in.  If you move too fast, people won't understand your presentation.  (Think of all those people trying to take notes!)  But then again, don't go too slow, as that will put everyone to sleep.

--Don't put too much information on one slide.  It will confuse the audience and will make the presentation too slow to present.  If you have lots of information that you think should be all together, equally split it up through several slides and when narrating, use words like: "Also", "In addition", etc. to make it flow easier.

--Plan your presentation.  Don't go in freehandedly and create your presentation.  It will work out better if you draw out a chart to plan the presentation.

--Eye Contact.  Look around your audience and make eye contact with them.  The audience will pay more attention if you make eye contact.

--Speak clearly.  Pronounce your words and use a loud enough voice.  

--Rehearse your presentation several times to check visual impact.  All slides should contain an about equal amount of objects and or text.

Have more tips to add to this list?  E-mail us.

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