PowerPoint is a double edged sword that can be your most powerful ally or a ball and chain holding you back from presenting even adequately.
Every slide should have a purpose and add a new dimension to your presentation.
PowerPoint is ubiquitous
Whether it's the right medium to use is almost irrelevant because just about everybody uses it.
Therefore, any Business PowerPoint Presentation better be exceptional or it will do more harm than good, putting audiences to sleep and boring people with too much detail and too many dull slides.
We'd go so far as to say that just about everyone who uses PowerPoint, uses it badly.
At best they maybe achieve mediocrity.
Very few use it well enough to make it the brilliant support tool it actually is.
Instead, most presenters approaching a Business PowerPoint Presentation (which means most presentations) automatically choose traditional templates for creating slides.
They then spend crucial amounts of time meticulously putting them together.
Nearly all business presentations are PowerPoint Presentations.
In fact PowerPoint is now so wide spread that those of you with children may well have noticed their homework is now asking them to produce PowerPoint Presentations.
Creating a "slide show", as they used to be called, obliges you to organise your thoughts and arguments in a credible and logical way.
This is an excellent starting point for communicating ideas and information to other people.
It does not, however, make you or your PowerPoint Presentation engaging or interesting.
If you accept PowerPoint's default settings it will point you towards creating a slide show, with an agenda slide, followed by a series of title and bullet point slides and concluding with a summary slide.
A truly engaging and compelling PowerPoint Presentation has to be crafted for delivery.
To this end all work on your PowerPoint Presentation should help to support the creation of a dynamic presentation and not a predictable slide show.
- There may be people in your company who always use PowerPoint Presentations and just need more flair, more spark and more style.
- There may be people who are new to presentations and need to understand how best to use PowerPoint to get the most out of their presentations.
- There may be people who need to take a whole new creative look at the way they approach PowerPoint Presentations.
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The PowerPoint Presentation - Impact Factory team:
- Dom KracmarDom is a firm believer in the Impact Factory ethos of giving people space and time to explore and discover things for themselves.
- Simon WestwoodSimon brings more than 15 years of global corporate experience to his role as a trainer – but that's only the beginning!
- Tom BodellTom's expertise is in Presentation Skills, Communication Skills and Storytelling. He also has a fondness for Time Management.