Things To Consider When Thinking About Presentation Software

By Kim Cameron


What is the best presentation software for you? This is in some respects a difficult question. It means you have to consider how confident you are with computer programs. It also means considering who your presentation is aimed at and what is appropriate for that particular audience.

There are a number of options available, some free and some paid for. The free options will have fewer features but may be adequate for basic slide shows. However if you are still new to this kind of program you should make sure that the program has some kind of tutorial feature or demonstration video so that you can learn how to use it step by step. This will help ensure you learn how to place slides in the right order to avoid any potential embarrassment!

Whether talking to children or making a sales presentation the key thing is to keep them engaged an interested in what you have to offer. Graphs, pictures and animation will all help to keep the attention and ensure they leave knowing more than what they started with.

The key to a good presentation is to keep it simple. Your slides should feature only the essential information the audience needs to know, whether this is keywords or essential facts and figures. Ideally these should be displayed graphically in the form of charts or graphs in order to clearly illustrate this.

You should also limit the amount of slides. This will help keep people listening to you and ensure that you do not need to talk too much during the presentation. Look at the amount you have and be honest with yourself. What is the key point and what will most effectively prove that point? While humour can help emphasise a point and can make people think it is best to ensure that it is not too silly as it can make you look stupid. It may be better to do something light hearted at the start or at the end, both to get the attention and for relief when you finish.

It can also be tempting to use a lot of transitions, pictures and animation. While this can help enliven a talk you should not do it too much. An excessive amount will distract people from your main point, especially if the transitions are too fast. It is also worth bearing in mind the audience you are aiming it at.

Like any form of work, practise will help make sure you get the most from it. Most software packages should come with a tutorial or you can check a video demonstration online to help you when first learning how to use it. However most of the programs work in a similar way to standard desktop programs so it should not be too difficult. Find someone to do a mock presentation to so you can feel confident when it comes to the real thing.

When using presentation software check online to see what is available. There are some available for free. However other paid for versions may have more features that may be more suitable for one type of talk rather than another. Check comparison reviews online to find the best ones for your individual needs.




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