Follow These Tips To Make Presentations & Lectures Memorable
Boring PowerPoint presentations have become so ubiquitous that some presenters and colleges have ditched them entirely. But is PowerPoint really to blame for boring presentations or lectures?
PowerPoint (and similar tools like Keynote, Google Slides, Prezi, and others) can be an effective tool for incorporating supporting content that reinforces the main points in your presentation or lecture, making it more memorable. But what separates a good presentation from a boring one?
Structure, content, and design.
Whether you are teaching a course to college students or running corporate trainings, there are some guidelines to follow that will help make your PowerPoint presentations more memorable and less boring.
This step is essential for crafting a memorable presentation — whether or not you’re planning to include PowerPoint slides.
Structuring the content of your presentation will not only help your audience retain more of the information you are sharing, but also it will reduce your instinct to duplicate your verbal presentation in your PowerPoint slides. And when you have a presentation structure, the general framework will help you stay on track even if you forget specific details — you can focus less on your slides and more on delivering your message or story as you present.
The following are seven common presentation structures you can follow as you design your presentation:
As you prepare your slides, you’ll want to avoid some of the common pitfalls that can cause your audience to zone out mid-presentation. Lecturers and trainers alike often prepare too many slides, packed with too much information, which makes it difficult for audiences to absorb the material. Instead, minimize the text in your slides and let your audience focus on listening to you.
The following are best practices for preparing PowerPoint content that will enhance your lectures or trainings:
People learn better when they receive information in both words and pictures. The good news is you don’t have to be a designer to create visually engaging PowerPoint slides. From images to fonts and colors, there are fairly simple guidelines you can follow that will help you create PowerPoint presentations that are designed for impact.
A great example of a presentation with simple, engaging slides.
Paying attention to the structure, content, and design of your PowerPoint presentation will help you to prepare lectures and training that really stick with your students. There are any number of pre-made slide templates you can choose to simplify the process — just be sure to avoid the clutter and keep slides focused.
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