Effective PowerPoint presentations are written in a concise visual manner that engages the target audience and conveys information accurately and clearly. Use the following steps to create a successful PowerPoint presentations.
Identify your target audience and create clear goals for what you want to communicate to your audience.
Condense and simplify your material into as few bullet points as possible. Use presentation tools such as graphs, tables, images, audio and video within your presentation to add interest and communicate more effectively.
Use the notes section in the presenter's view to add in details that only you can see and use during your presentation.
Try to avoid being verbose and use attention catching graphics to visually express what you are communicating. You can use free stock photo sites for photographs that capture the essence of what you are trying to say and then superimpose a title onto the graphic.
Have a clear introduction that expresses what you will be covering. Use the conclusion slide to summarize what you have covered.
Have a "Questions?" slide after your conclusion to open up discussion with your audience and create an interactive presentation.
End with your contact information, and any information links to your website, blog or other resources. Make sure that your audience knows that they can continue the conversation with you.
Once you have completed your PowerPoint presentation, practice it in front of the mirror or a friend and make sure that you are timing yourself. Tweak your presentation to meet any time constraints.
Create templates for future PowerPoint presentations with preset fonts and backgrounds. Put yourself in your audience's shoes and determine what would be of the most value for them to hear. Join Toastmasters International to get informal presentation training so you can add to your skills.