Doing It Really Well Is Not as Easy as It Seems
Exposing work in class becomes quite common and, although we all get very nervous when we are in front of the whole class, the sooner we get used to and master certain techniques, the better.
A well-presented work is an outstanding work and, therefore, we have to put in much more effort in the presentation than we normally do. The timer we are, the more important it is to rehearse it a lot and prepare it in advance so that we know our part by heart and we do not have to be reading with our hearts racing and one trembling in our hands, ideal to pour icing sugar on some buns. If, in addition to having it well-rehearsed, we have a striking presentation, the attention will be less focused on us and our performance will be valued in conjunction with the PowerPoint, for which we will earn points.
Anyway, if you are too short to expose in class, don’t forget to check our post ” Oral presentation: the 6 most common mistakes”, ” 10 tips for public speaking” and “Are you terrified of speaking in public?”. You will see how they help you. And if this is not enough, here being another post on how to calm your nerves before speaking in public.
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How to Make a Good Powerpoint So Your Presentations Are Excellent?
Not only the template of the theme or the style of the presentation but also the colors of each thing and do not change them. It is important that there is visual consistency throughout the PowerPoint.
Keep the Font
As with the colors, at first you should choose a font and respect it. You can even choose 2 if you want to use one to highlight something, but keep it even so it is not tacky.
Highlight the Titles and Subtitles
On each page of the PowerPoint there is an upper box (which gives you the topic you have chosen by default) to put the titles if you want, but it may be that within that title you want to put sections or subsections. It is important that they are clearly distinguished from a distance, so you should highlight them.
Symmetry and Simplicity
A PowerPoint presentation should be designed to support an oral presentation, therefore, as much as you are a lover of kitsch, you should also think about your spectators in the last row of the class. The simpler the design and the more symmetrical, the more pleasing to the eye and easier to follow. That does not mean that it has to be a white background with black letters, you can (and should) take care of the aesthetics and try to make it “pretty”. But think more about getting inspired by a Wes Anderson movie than a John Waters movie (John Waters is a lot, though).
Images and Outlines
A good PowerPoint presentation should have lots of images, graphics, or outlines and all should be clearly visible from the end of the class, be easy to understand, and maintain the visual aesthetic of the rest of the presentation, including the chosen color palette. If we have selected a graphic from another document, we can easily vary the colors with a photo editing program, but the images must be chosen wisely so that they do not clash too much. That there is a good harmony in the whole set will give a more professional image and reflect that we have made an effort.
Forget About Parroting
PowerPoint slides serve to support our oral presentation, not to speak for us. It should be a minimum visual guide that illustrates what we are saying, therefore, putting full texts is not recommended and it is a mistake that we usually make. The presentation should only list sections and add visual support, but the paragraphs should be said by you.
Make Your Cards at the Same Time
For the presentation to be perfect and you have it well prepared, it is best to design the PowerPoint at the same time that we ghostwriting the supporting text. Thus, we will be associating images and words and it will be easier for us to memorize what we have to say on each slide, but it will also help us to know if we are illustrating well what we are going to say.
Put Things That Attract Attention
If you want your work to stand out and remain in the teacher’s memory, look for striking images, insert videos, open the debate by asking rhetorical questions, add music … It is about that, adjusting to the time you have, you can create an impact on your viewers both visually and in terms of the fundamentals of the work.