I’m sure you’ve had to sit through bland PowerPoint presentations before. It seems like they go on forever and you hardly retain any of the information. What a total waste of time right? If you concur, make your next presentation more intriguing with some of the ideas below.
Don’t Forget Creativity
PowerPoint is very simple to use, but this doesn’t mean you should be lazy where creativity is concerned. Try to come up with imaginative ways to make your slides more unique. Maybe use an unforgettable quote that pertains to your subject, or use a mnemonic device to help retention. Don’t just put a bunch of slides up that have bullet points on them.
Rather, use the opportunity of having a visual aid to improve your presentation. That is the benefit of using PowerPoint; to help memory retention through visual stimulation.
Come with Solutions
Another way to make your PowerPoint presentation as beneficial as you possibly can is to come with solutions or ideas for improvement. The objective of your meeting was most likely not to only educate your audience but also to get them thinking in a specific direction. You can jump start their creative thinking by throwing a few ideas out there. This way they will know what direction you want to go and what you are thinking.
If your PowerPoint presentation reveals that sales are down, be sure you follow up with your own belief on why sales have fallen and what the company can do to improve them. If sales are up? Provide information on how your company can sustain its momentum.
Don’t Get Too Fancy
While you ought to be creative when you make your slides, don’t opt for all the bells and whistles. A common mistake managers make is using pointless graphics and pictures, thinking this pop of color will draw the attention of the audience. What it commonly does is distract. Additionally, many people simply read their slides to the audience, this is redundant and can bore, if not irritate, the audience. They will just read your points. Instead, focus on the most important item and go in depth. Otherwise you could have just emailed the presentation to them and saved your breath.