Step 5: Presenting with PowerPoint
An effective presenter uses PowerPoint to illustrate and emphasise points that are made in the presentation. An audience that is trying to copy down detailed information from slides will not be able to give you their full attention. Consider using handouts for your audience so they are free to concentrate on listening and understanding. Some points to consider when presenting with slides are given below.
- Treat each slide as a mini-presentation where you make a point to introduce the idea, give the detail and then conclude that slide with an explanation of how the point fits in with the rest of your presentation.
- Direct your audience's attention to the slides when they contain information that is key to getting your message across.
- Give your audience time to assimilate material on your slides. If, for example, a slide contains a quotation or a diagram - introduce the slide, give them time to read and understand it and then explain its relevance.
- Don't leave your screen saver on, as this will distract your audience.
- Don't move your pointer on the screen unless you are using it to demonstrate something as this will distract your audience.
- Don't just read out the text on the slides, they should be a summary or a supplement to the content of your spoken presentation.