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You want your next presentation for business associates to be well, memorable. You want your associates to be glued in and eager to participate. You’ve considered using PowerPoint as your medium of success. What do you need to know to make your presentation successful?
- A PowerPoint presentation should never be written word for word on the slides. Simply put, the words you use on the slides should be “power words” not “every word” you’ll be speaking. If the folks in the audience don’t wnat to read the words on your slide, it’s usually because there are too many to read before you get to the next slide.
- Pictures, photos, or anything else with action should be kept to a minimum. The picture or moving object is to draw interest to your slide. Too much of a good thing will only cause confusion.
- Know your presentation well enough that you don’t have to look back at the screen to know what you’re supposed to say next. Keep cue cards in your hand if you need to.
- Make sure your associates get a one-page handout of key points that they can follow along with and then take with them.
- Pause for questions during and after your presentation. No question is a “stupid” question. Let all know that their question is viable by answering it professionally.
- Use humor in presenting only if you’re good at it. This is not the time to offend anyone.
- Keep your presentation as short as possible.
Using PowerPoint should add to your already prepared presentation. Be successful by using PowerPoint to make your great presentation—shine.