Have you heard the quote “Death by PowerPoint”?
Are PowerPoints dead? I think it depends on who is using or misusing this tool! There are often two trains of thought or camps in regards to the viewpoint about using slides as a presentation tool. The one side think that PowerPoints (PPT) (or Keynote – for Mac computers), are great, and use this tool ALL the time. The other perspective is very proud when they DON’T use PowerPoint as a tool. This article/blog is taking the perspective of in-between the two camps of thought. We’ll look at some Do’s and Don’ts, along with points on Why PowerPoints are still Alive! [Video, Podcast & More, within this Blog Post]
Patricia with Regier Educational Services, helping you reach and engage the variety of learning personalities in your audience. Education includes a Master of Adult Education, a BA in Psychology, and twenty years experience developing and facilitating workplace, community and collaborative training. Utilizing teaching adults best practices, and innovative multi-media resources to emphasize your message. As a content creator, speaker, and facilitator, learning experience design ensures that the variety of people in your audience are engaged.
Keys To Great Slides
- Variety of Multi-Media or Mediums
- Engage Your Audience
- Non-PPT Activities & Interactions
- Questions for Participants & Discussions
- Visuals: Stories, Pictures, Video Clips, Info-graphics & More
- Consider Accessibility: Font Size, Colour etc.
- Balanced: Not Too Cluttered
- Key Points in Text: Not Too Much Text
- Add Transitions & Animations within PowerPoint (How text comes into the slide & in-between slides)
- Use Slides as Q-Cards – Don’t Just Read The Slides!
- Go Beyond The Slides! Add Props, Flip Charts, Group Ice-Breaker Activities
- Online Or Offline – You Can Use PowerPoint Slides
How PPTs Help Speakers
Think of the PowerPoint slides as your Q-cards, prompts for the speaker, to not get off track. It is also very helpful for the audience members who tend to tune-out, PPTS help them stay engaged. Not everyone is an auditory learner (listening to the speaker), therefore having visuals which emphasis your message can be really helpful to participants to stay engaged.
There are bad PowerPoints, and Great PowerPoints, there are bad presentations/speakers and Fantastic presentations/speakers. If you are using PowerPoint for a workshop, course, seminar, webinar, lecture, or presentation, try to always include variety of mediums and try to make it more engaging and interesting! You can still use flip-charts, props, activities, but don’t through out the PowerPoint because many people aren’t using this tool to it’s full capacity. This tool is in your hands – use it well!
An important announcement to all of you responsible for a PowerPoint presentation: please give it a tune-up or make-over. Use these tips, attend an upcoming learning experience, or hire help from a content creator (myself or someone else), and help represent this valuable tool, the way it should be represented. If you are a professional speaker charging for keynotes, do your slides represent what you are charging for your talk?
PLEASE help your PowerPoint slides and you will be helping all of those who want to hear your message AND those who don’t want to be there, but you can change their minds!
What We Do
Expertise: Multimedia Content Creation, Engaging Variety Learning Types
Patricia helps leaders (professional speakers, facilitators, entrepreneurs, course creators) have greater impact with their audiences. She excels in creating outside the box innovative learning experiences, training resources/tools, and multi-media content that engages your audience, getting results. Patricia can help you incorporate the right amount of variety into your presentations, course/training materials and promotional content so you connect with your audience, employees & customers. Learn how to “reach and teach” the people that currently ‘tune out’ during training sessions and instead provide an experience that lights them up with enthusiasm, so they can apply what they learn.
Patricia creatively combines theory with practical experience. She has a Master of Adult Education and twenty years working with a variety of sectors on inter-agency partnerships and learning resource development/facilitation.
- Online Workshops Production Partner: We do more than tech
- Content Creation Services (Tune-up Your Tools)
- Speaking & Group Facilitation (Keynotes & Workshops)
- Consultation & Individual Training
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Patricia Regier is a speaker, facilitator, consultant and content creator. Passionate about helping people to Reach Their Audience and create engaging learning experiences. Help people light up, not tune your out. Expertise in content creation & learning resources tools across mediums, which engage your learners/audience/employees. Master of Adult Education and BA in Psychology pairs academic knowledge with practical experience.
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