Adding Power with PowerPoint

Your world’s in a constant state of immediacy:
• Projects need finishing
• Clients eagerly await their due.
• Your e-mail box overflows every few minutes
• Family, friends, co-workers, managers, and/or employees depend on you…now!
• You have an important presentation in a month

Addressing the audience that eagerly awaits your message and expertise is somewhat daunting…it doesn’t have to be! It does take time and planning.

Presentations contribute to your success; they also helps others. Plan, organize and practice.

What your listeners really want is to be on the “E” train:
1. Educated about something that’s useful to them
2. Enlightened about why the education is meaningful and helpful
3. Engaged in the speech, not lectured to
4. Entertained – not a stand-up comic – but information that will make them relax and have fun learning and listening

Organization of the speech and designing your slide deck take time. When you put together a PowerPoint presentation for your colleagues, your prospects, your clients, or your Board, take time to organize your slide deck to complement your points and message.

The adult brain likes small packages to unwrap and take in, to remember and retain. Why then do some PowerPoint presentations overwhelm the audience right at the first slide? Think, “small.” Think, “less is more.” When you do, you save time and energy, and your audiences appreciate your work.

PowerPoint is a great tool, but… it’s the plate, not the meal for your speech, training, sales presentation, and webinars. Use the slides as a visual outline for your points. Make them appealing to the eye and digestible for the mind.

How often have you thought that the presenter is wasting your time with too much information and overwhelming charts, graphs and/or line items? The presenter spent too much time on the slides, but not enough time considering the listeners and their needs. Have you ever done that?

Eleven PowerPoint slide tips:
1. Make them appealing to the eye: Use color.
2. Five or six bullet points per slide – max.
3. Each bullet point is six or fewer words.
4. Animate the slides – bring one point in, and then another, and then another.
5. Blank the screen when you’re talking about a different point.
6. Add artwork.
7. Use graphs only if the audience can see and understand them.
8. Use 18-point font or larger.
9. Use your mind and heart, not your eyes to present the information.
10. Motivate your listeners.
11. Three major points are enough.

In this fast-paced and immediacy world, use your PowerPoint presentations to motivate your listeners. They want to learn and retain information that helps them work faster, save time, gain expertise, and/or makes their lives easier.

It’s up to you, the presenter, to design PowerPoints that create positive and memorable material.

You can do it.

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