Becoming More Effective in Giving PowerPoint Presentations

Becoming-More-Effective-in-Giving-PowerPoint-PresentationsTime and time again, a number of university students fail to effectively use the tool called PowerPoint in their presentations. Giving a PowerPoint presentation may sound easy to accomplish, but actually, a student should know a few things that would allow him to fully utilise this academic tool. After all, PowerPoint presentations are the most used and abused method of relaying information in the academic setup.

So without much delay, here are some techniques a student can use when giving PowerPoint presentations.

  • A powerpoint slide should contain text that is no more or even equal to what the presenter would say during a presentation. Placing much text in a slide usually makes the audience read it instead of listening to the reporter. The slides are just the tool that the presenter employs to bring his point more effectively to the audience. They are just cue to what the presenter is going to say.
  • During presentations, the presenter should never turn his back against the audience. Maintaining eye contact is important if a student wants the audience to discern the information being conveyed. Likewise, audience engagement falls significantly if the presenter always turns his back against them. It would seem like that the presenter is not talking to them.
  • Use bullet points to emphasize only the most important items on the report. Instead of placing a whole paragraph into a slide, create bulleted items to highlight that these are the main points of the report or presentation. This would also prevent one from reading verbatim from the slide.
  • Use images that are relevant to the information contained in the slide. Humorous images and animated graphics could bring the text into life and boost the points mentioned. It also breaks the cycle of monotony and boredom prevalent on ineffective PowerPoint presentations. However, overuse and abuse of such images could be counterproductive.
  • Make sure that the text on the monitor could be seen by the last person on the back of the room. The presentation is for all present in the room, not only for those on the front.

The Hook Technique of Powerpoint Presentations

The-Hook-Technique-of-Powerpoint-PresentationsHow to write assignments is not the same with reporting. With assignments, students have a reader as their audience; and as such, the judgement of the output is focused on one evaluator, usually a tutor. Reporting, on the other hand, entails numerous audiences.

Various tips abound to help students conquer the nerves and speak their message loud. One ever-resounding tip is for presenters to retrofit everything – from the slides, to the talking – to the audience’s benefit. This is true but is easier said than done.

The audience, bow

The audience essentially bring with them their short-term attention span. As such, the presenter has to double the effort to work it with them. They design powerpoint presentations that are devoid of boring displays – a lengthy paragraph, disturbing or too catchy images. They strictly confirm to the 30-minute or any other short duration report.

But the audience remains to be very indifferent to you. To that effect, your audience restricts himself to listening to stuff that’s interesting and then droning your voice with his MP3 if it starts to get dull (according to his judgement). To improve this, presenters will have to actively address the audience.

Attempting to hook

In attempt to endearing oneself to the audience, the presenter will try to link relatable points, say an experience of which all of the people in the podium shared (i.e., presenter and audience). The presenter will then echo the audience’s sentiments.

In fact, the presenter may even show images, via powerpoint presentations, that capture the relevant effects of such shared and relatable experience. If you’ve been an audience and has been tried with this tactic, you may admit: “it was effective.

Successful tactic

You fixed your sitting posture and positioned your eyes and ears to the speaker. With the presenter’s tickling of the shared experience, you were able to identify yourself as part of the crucial recipient of the presenter’s prepared message.

And now that you’re to do powerpoint presentations, it may be time to put those observations to actions. Study your audience and plan the execution of hooking their attention to you.