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PowerPoint presentations, when done right, can be an engaging way to provide an audience with information. When done poorly, however, they can quickly put the audience to sleep. Like anything, there’s a fine line between a good PowerPoint and a bad one, and when you see the bored or engaged faces of the audience, you’ll know exactly on which side you’ve landed.

So what you can do to make your PowerPoint presentations informative and exciting? Follow the tips outlined on the infographic below, and you’ll be well on your way!

Not making PowerPoints, but forced to sit through them for work? Maybe you should share these tips (anonymously, of course) with your boss to make you day a little more interesting!

Via Udemy

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  1. Steveo
    July 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Never make a powerpoint presentation more than two slides long. Welcome and Thank you. Rest should be discussion.

  2. Anonymous
    April 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Wow you people are very rude, this is simply a resource and if you don't like it don't read it and move on but don't make rude comments..Someone took the time to create it so just take it or leave it for what it is!

  3. hobo
    March 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    This article is uninformative and a waste of time.

  4. RobH
    March 26, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I agree with the theme of most of the other comments, this is a poor infographic. In my opinion it's mislabelled. It's not really about Powerpoint it's about presentations in general.

    From a powerpoint perspective there are 2 worthwhile sentences:
    Differ the content you deliver verbally and on-screen. (But that needs expanding on: different but not engaging/interesting would still be a fail).
    Keep it simple.

    Adding to that from the perspective of presentations in general two more valid points:
    Maintain eye contact.
    Practise (but expand that to: first alone, then in front of someone charged with the responsibility to be critical and find fault).

    But then (from the perspective of a presentation) then I'd add a few bits like.
    Set a time limit AND STICK TO IT. Yesterday I went to a "60 minute" presentation that started 10 minutes late for no apparent reason and lasted 90 mins with a further 20 mins of tedious Q&A. The "free lunch" (the only reason I went!) was OK but given that the audience was exclusively folk with at least half a million dollars investment portfolio : don't waste their time (and don't serve cheap and nasty "house wine") Oh, and by the way, the powerpoint aspect was a masterclass in getting it wrong...

    Use visual aids. That might include Powerpoint slides but that's sometimes the lazy option and just serves to distract the audience from the speaker. Think more widely about whether you can use visual aids to enhance your message and your audience's experience/understanding.
    Consider getting the audience involved - make them participate somehow, even just ask a question and ask for a show of hands.
    Add humour/brief anecdotes but be very careful not to offend, be misunderstood or be otherwise inappropriate.
    Make it into a story not a collection of disjointed facts.
    Only touch on sex, religion, and politics if relevant and essential. People have ingrained polarised views and if they disagree with yours you risk their antagonism to the whole presentation.
    The standard rule works: Intro - tell them what your going to say. Content - tell your story. Wrap - repeat the key points.
    Don't regard this or any other list as a set of rules, a tick list, a magic formula. You can follow all best advice and still fail. You can disregard it all and still succeed if your enthusiasm and expertise shines through and is infectious. Read the advice and see if there's anything you can use but it is advice not instructions.

    Q&A
    discourage interventions by a promise of Q&A at the end.
    Make sure someone is primed with a (friendly) question to get the ball rolling if necessary.
    Be ready for the possibility of hostile questions.
    Be ready to respond to overly detailed questions - both the Q and the A will bore most of the audience. "It's an interesting point I'd like the time to go into the detail but you might like to look at this book/article/website or perhaps we could have a chat in the bar later... "
    Don't read (a set script) from the screen (or anywhere else).

    And finally back to the infographic.
    "check your spelling or look like an illiterate fool in front of a large audience":
    The noun palate refers to the roof of the mouth or the sense of taste.
    The noun palette refers to an artist's paint board or a range of colors.
    The noun pallet is a straw-filled mattress or a hard bed

  5. Danny
    March 26, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Prezi breaks the monotonous PowerPoint habit. Some things are very limited though.

  6. G
    March 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    The past 3 articles I've clicked on from this page were infographics.....and they weren't very useful.

  7. blabla
    March 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    When you put your audience to sleep during your presentation, next time make sure you have a better story...

  8. withheld
    March 25, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Can we have another article "how to create an infographic that's not just an ego trip for the guy who created it but is actually useful" - like they were when the phenomenon first emerged.

  9. Demola
    March 25, 2015 at 4:23 am

    And the infographic put me to sleep. TL:DR