How To Make An Effective Presentation

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Slides I prepared for a training session with Political Economy students in 2005. Quick facts: - This was the first presentation I made using Keynote 2 (yes, the irony of using Keynote to teach people to use Powerpoint is not lost on me). - The actual presentation used plenty of animations (cube in/cube out effects, etc.). This was when I was fond of using complex animations to "wow" the audience. Now, I prefer simple animations, sometimes even just slide transitions. - This was the first presentation I made incorporating live hyperlinks from slide to slide. - The idea for the layout was borrowed from the demo presentation accompanying iWork. I would use the navigation bar template as my "default" template in future presentations. ------------------- http://brianbelen.blogspot.com http://brianbelen.wordpress.com

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<ul><li>1.Making Effective Presentations An Introduction to Simple, Professional Presentations Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion </li></ul> <p>2. First: The Bad News... The hard truth is that making a good presentation is a lot of work especially if youre not used to making them. Choosing the right medium and learning how to use it. Customizing and preparing materials relevant to the presentation. Doing the research on what you have to present, and thereafter guring out what point exactly you want to get across (and how to do so). In some cases, you have to prepare your presentation with a group. Most important: you have to deliver the presentation! Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 3. Now, the Good NewsOnce you get used to it, making and delivering good presentations becomesmanageable and there are easy ways to go about it. You have no choice: making presentations is a key competency expected of any professional today. Although making presentations takes some doing, its not as complicated as it seems. All you have to do is follow basic dos and donts about making presentations. Besides, there are plenty of software programs that make putting together a presentation easy (like Powerpoint).Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 4. Bad PresentationsIts hard to say what makes a good presentation. But its easy to identify whatmakes a bad one. The presenter either doesnt know what s/he is talking about or what point to get across. The presenter isnt familiar with the equipment being used. The materials are painful to look at or difcult to see/read. The medium overpowers the message. The presentation itself is poorly delivered. Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 5. Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 6. The rst step is to design the look of your presentation. You can do this by right-clicking the slide, and selecting Slide Design. From there, pick a template for you to use. It will be applied to all your slides. Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 7. Next, you should format your slides.The easiest way to do that is to make changes to the master slide.Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 8. On Formatting SlidesSome pointers to live (or die) by. Changes made to the master slide are applied to all slides. This makes formatting easier. To reduce le size, embed images or similar objects on the master slide if you want these to appear on all slides. Be careful with the colors and fonts you use on your slides: you might be making the text hard to read. Be mindful that what might look good on-screen may not look good when projected. You can also design a blank template from scratch if you dont want to use an existing design.Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 9. If youre just creating a simple presentation, you can apply uniform animation onto the master slide. Alternatively, you can apply individual animations to each slide later on. Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 10. Some Notes on AnimationAnimations are cool but only if done right. Animations are not always necessary, but they do allow you to break down your presentation and pace how it should be delivered. Pick your animations wisely. Some animations are inappropriate for the type of presentation you are making. Dont get carried away: generally, simpler animations are better. The simplest animations to use are entrance and exit effects. Combining animations and changing their timing can have interesting effects (but are time-consuming to do).Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 11. OverviewMaking EffectivePresentationsPOLECO Boot Camp 2005 Making EffectiveOverview Presentations POLECO Boot Camp 2005 Now, youre ready to begin typing in the content of your presentation.Of course, youll have to add slides as you go on.Intro PowerpointDesign Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 12. When Preparing the SlidesIt might seem simple, but theres more to it than just typing away. Remember: you dont have to put everything you want to say on the slide. Present complete key ideas as concisely as possible on screen (but be prepared to explain away). Be mindful of how the text looks: large, long blocks of text on the slides are very painful to look at. If youre comfortable doing so (or just brave), you could create hyperlinks throughout your presentation. Plan ahead: if you know how much time you have to present, dont make too many slides. Where appropriate, make sure to put titles on the slide. Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 13. To launch your presentation, press F5 or the on-screen launch button. To go forward: Page Down, Space Bar,, To go backward: Page Up, Backspace, ,Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 14. If you have to jump to a different slide, right click anywhere in the presentation or move the cursor to click on the navigation options on the lower left of the screen. Then search for the slide you want to jump to. Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 15. Practical TipsThings you should already know but probably dont practice. Rehearse your presentation before you deliver it: that way youll know that everything that should work, does. Test and setup all equipment prior to your presentation, and make sure you know how to operate them. If other presentations are going to be made, load all of them into one computer to avoid delays in between. Keep it simple: that way a presentation is easier to make, and when you do emphasize something, it gets noticed. When delivering the presentation, bring a print copy. Choose fonts carefully: if you have to use another computer to present, it might not come out as you intend. Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 16. Its possible to save the fonts you use in the same le as the presentation. It doesnt work with all fonts, though, and it can increase the le size substantially.Intro Powerpoint Design Format Animation Preparation Presentation Tips Conclusion 17. Notes Pages For your reference, you can prin </p>