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PowerPoint Presentation Tips to Create Engaging Presentations

PowerPoint presentations are not known for being engaging or interactive. The problem is that most presenters use their slides as if they are notes to read off and not a tool to help get their message across. However, presentation slides are a powerful tool to help bring to life the story you are telling. They are there to provide visuals and empower your speech. The idea is that your presentations don’t always have to be dry, boring and limited.

With these PowerPoint presentation tips, you’ll be able to put together a dynamic and engaging presentation.


Write out your key points

The first step before even considering your presentation design is to write out the main points you are going to speak about and outline your speech. We suggest you pay attention to popular and engaging presentation structures so you know the framework you want to follow throughout your talk. This will also make it easier to create an outline that focuses on each of the key points of your speech. Once you’ve put together an outline that represents your topic and touches on each important element you need to cover, you can start searching for a PowerPoint presentation design inspiration.

Be creative

You and your speech are the focus of the presentation, not the slides – use your PowerPoint to compliment your story. Keep in mind that your slides are there to add to your speech, not distract from it.

Engage your audience and use your valuable presentation time most efficiently by incorporating relevant, business-appropriate visual elements into your presentation.
We suggest you Incorporate presentation design elements such as:

-Animation – eyes follow motion, so use simple and subtle movements to direct your audience’s attention
-Photos and illustrations – illustrations can add personality and human connection to your presentation
-Diagrams & charts – statistics can have a greater impact when visualized as a bar graph, pie chart, flow chart, organizational map, etc.
-Demonstrations – use GIFs or illustrations to visualize processes, product features, or services

Be consistent in your design

The job of your presentation is to help convey information as efficiently and clearly as possible. By keeping both the theme and design consistent, you’re allowing the information and pictures to stand out. However, by varying the design from slide to slide, you will be distracting and causing confusion from the focus, which is you and the information to be conveyed on the slide.

Follow the “Rule of Three”

Sometimes when creating a presentation, you can often get in your head and try to over-explain. However, overwhelming your audience is a big no-no in presentations.
A simple way to avoid this is to follow the “Rule of Three,” a concept coined by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. The idea is to stick to only 3 main ideas that will help deliver your point.  Each of the ideas can be further broken into 3 parts to explain further. The best modern example of this “Rule of Three” can be derived from the great Apple presentations given by Steve Jobs – they were always structured around the “Rule of Three.”


Your slides are not your teleprompter

A common crutch for rookie presenters is to use slides as their teleprompter. First of all, you shouldn’t have that much text on your slides to have the ability to read it off. Prepare some index cards that fit in your hand but at all costs do not turn your back on your audience and read off of your presentation.  The moment you do that, you make the presentation the focus, and lose the audience as the presenter.

Ask questions

Asking questions when presenting helps engage the audience, arouse interest and curiosity.  It also has the added benefit of making people pay closer attention, in case they get called on. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if rhetorical; asking a question engages a different part of our brain. It causes us to reflect rather than merely taking in the information one way. So ask many of them.

Embed videos

Remember the point of your presentation is to get your message across and although you are the presenter, it is completely fine to use video in your PowerPoint.  A relevant video can give you some breathing time to prepare the next slides while equally informing the audience on a particular point.

Be sure to test the video beforehand, and that your audience can hear it in the room.

Use a dynamic presentation software

The last way to create an amazing and engaging PowerPoint presentation is to use dynamic presentation software like the DeckRobot plugin. With the options that DeckRobot’s AI suggests you can make your creative presentation according to your company’s brand book guidelines that will stand out and make your message unforgettable. While you will save a significant amount of your time avoiding editing your decks you will also make your key metrics, company goals, and projections more engaging than ever with compelling reports, dashboards, charts, and other great features and elements.

Conclusion

While all these tips will help you create a truly powerful presentation, you can only achieve it if applied correctly. It’s important to remember that you should be thoroughly prepared. This includes having your research cited, your presentation rehearsed.  Don’t just rehearse your slides, also take time to practice your delivery, and your tone. While we can’t help you with the practicing of your presentation, we can help you create presentations that have a great design and cohesiveness.