I like to think of Microsoft PowerPoint as a test of basic marketing skills. To create a passing presentation, I need to demonstrate design abilities, technological literacy, and a sense of personal style.
If the presentation has a problem( like an unintended font, a broken link, or unreadable text ), then Iave probably failed the test. Even if my spoken presentation is well rehearsed, a bad visual experience can ruin it for the audience. Expertise means nothing without a good presentation to back it up.
No matter your topic, successful PowerPoints depend on three main factors: your command of PowerPoint’s design tools, your attention to presentation processes, and your devotion to consistent style. Here are some simple tips to help you start mastering each of those factors, and don’t forget to check out the additional resources at the bottom of this post.
PowerPoint Tips: Style
Step 1: Donat let PowerPoint decide how you use PowerPoint.
Microsoft wanted to provide PowerPoint users with a lot of tools. But this does not mean you should use them all. Here are some key things to look out for 😛 TAGEND Make sure that preset PPT topics complement your needs before you adopt them. Try to get away from employing Microsoft Officeas default fonts, Calibri and Cambria. Utilizing these two typefaces can induce the presentation seem underwhelming. Professionals should never use PPTas action audios.( Please consider your audience above personal preference ). PowerPoint stimulates bulleting automatic, but ask yourself: Are bullets actually appropriate for what you need to do? Sometimes they are, but not always. Recent PPT defaults include a small shadow on all shapes. Remove this shadow if it’s not actually required. Also, donat leave shapes in their default blue. In the top-left corner, choose “File.” Select “Page Setup.” Type the height and thicknes of the background you’d like, and click “OK.” A dialogue box will appear. Click “OK” again. Your background is resized! Select “Themes” in the top navigation. In the far right, click “Edit Master, ” then “Slide Master.” Make any changes you like, then click “Close Master.” All current and future slides in that presentation will use that template. Select all objects by holding down “Shift” and clicking on all of them. Select “Arrange” in the top options bar, then select “Align or Distribute.” Choose the type of alignment you’d like. Select all objects by holding down “Shift” and clicking on all of them. Select “Arrange” in the top alternatives bar, then choice “Align or Distribute.” Select “Align to Slide.” Select “Arrange” in the top options bar again, then prefer “Align or Distribute.” Choose the type of alignment you’d like. Adjusting text inside a shape. Creating a natural perspective darknes behind an object. Recoloring photos manually and with automatic options. Combine generates a custom shape that has overlapping portions of the two previous shapes cut out. makes a custom shape that has overlapping portions of the two previous shapes cut off. Union attains one completely merged shape. constructs one completely merged shape. Intersect builds a shape of merely the overlapping segments of the two previous shapes. builds a shape of only the overlapping segments of the two previous shapes. Subtract cuts out the overlapping portion of one shape from the other. Click on the image and select “Format” in the options bar. Choose “Crop, ” then “Mask to Shape, ” and then select your desired shape. Ta-da! Custom-shaped photos.