The Power and the Point of Powerpoint

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MS Powerpoint is a mature product in a mature industry and yet still it is the most frequently misused application on the market.

Why is this?

Well, the mistake that most inexperienced users make is that they think that Powerpoint is the presentation itself - whereas the truth is that Powerpoint is simply a tool to visually assist the speaker's key messages.

People spend hours creating scores of slides with large chunks of text in a small font size. Make sure that you're using your voice to its maximum potential. Nobody wants to hear a monotonous drone. This is more a case of assisted reading rather than imparting key messages with impact.

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The presenter must take centre stage and take control. Do not be a slave to the PC or the projector.

It's vital to have a structure so that you can map out what is about to happen. This assists the audience enormously when you tell them what you're going to tell them.

Keep it simple, one major point per slide. Ensure that each slide serves its purpose and pulls its weight. Can your audience read the slide?

Consistently use fonts and font sizes. Use non-serif fonts. No more than 2 per page. If your company has a logo or brand, ensure it appears in each page (master slide - usually bottom right hand corner).

Know your audience - who are they and what's in it for them? Are you there to inform, persuade, inspire, motivate? Stick to your theme. We are all guilty of trying too hard to please. Sticking to the theme will help the audience enormously