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Leaders Tell Us Their Best PowerPoint Presentation Tips (Part 1)

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We recently asked a number of industry leaders to share their all-time best PowerPoint presentation tips with us, and the result was nothing short of overwhelming!

All-Time Best PowerPoint Presentation Tips

As it turns out, we aren’t the only ones who are passionate about PowerPoints, including the use of polls in PowerPoint presentations. But before we get too far off track, let’s get back to those PowerPoint presentation tips you’re dying to hear! 

Tip #1

First, we heard from Dr. Raman K Attri, a Performance Scientist from XpertX Research about the importance of switching things up from the basic PowerPoint presentation you’re used to:

“Powerpoint presentation, in its native form, will kill the engagement. Over the years, I learned that you need to improvise the presentation with additional tools, plugins, and embedding other features to keep the presentation interesting. Live polling, voting and Q&A is the best way to engage the audience. However, Powerpoint does not offer this ability natively. You have to depend upon plugins and integrate your polling accounts to embed that interactivity. Distributing such interactivity throughout the slides creates heightened attention and engagement for the audience.”

Tip #2

Next, we heard from Thomas Fultz, the founder and CEO at Coffeeble:

“Let’s face it, PowerPoint needs a face lift. I have only a few tricks up my sleeve to stop the drool from dripping down the chins in my staff or client audience.

  1. Use GIFS and MEMES. Heck, let them take up a whole slide! They don’t even have to be relevant. Laughing releases feel-good neurotransmitters in your audience and humor precludes boredom.
  2. Sync with YouTube videos. This is much more effective than narrating over slides or following the bouncing ball. I watched a YouTube PowerPoint presentation at my son’s school, which is what turned me onto the idea. I was totally drawn into the content & have been using it ever since.
  3. Keep it short. If the medium is dry and boring, keep it short. No one wants strained eyes from reading lengthy paragraph-long bullet points on 50 slides. The notes are meant to engage and remind you of what you’re presenting. They’re not an all-inclusive package to the project…or to nap time.”

Tip #3

Then we heard from Nisha Talagala, the CEO and founder of AIClub.World about the things she has learned from conducting PowerPoint presentations over the years:

  • “Make sure every slide conveys a key point. Put this point at the bottom of the slide very clearly. Even if people get distracted while you are presenting the slide – they will not miss the key point.
  • Use pictures wherever possible to get your point across. This is particularly true when you are describing data, trends etc.
  • If you are going to use a video – limit it to 1 min maximum. Otherwise
  • you may lose audience attention.
  • Put an outline for your presentation near the beginning. Tell the audience what you will cover, then cover it, then summarize it at the end
  • The first 5-10 min of your presentation is when you will have the bulk of the attention – use it to get your key points across
  • Decide whether you would like your presentation to work if the audience reads the slides later and does not have the voice recording or any live demo. If you put your key points in each slide as described above – they will get a good sense of the message even if they are just viewing the slides.
  • Set a time budget for each slide. Check the time midway and see if you are on track. Decide ahead of time what slides you will skip if you get behind.”

Tip #4

Finally, we spoke with Eden Cheng, the co-founder of People Finder Free about the use of polls in PowerPoint:

“I find it effective in helping me to create more interaction with my staff and improve the level of engagement in my conference meetings. For one, it often helps to encourage my staff to think more deeply about what is being discussed and it also encourages them to lay out their opinions about what is being presented. This in turn allows me to create a sort of group workshop experience that encourages them to speak up more and explain their poll choices, which ultimately contributes to better innovation, communication, and productivity, as whenever employees feel like they’ve participated in the presentation and their ideas heard, they usually seem more motivated and inclined to take their assigned roles and assignments more seriously.”

Can’t get enough PowerPoint presentation tips?

You’re in the right place. Check back soon for part two of this series!

In the meantime, here are a few more articles packed with PowerPoint presentation tips you’ll enjoy:

 

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