There must be millions of PowerPoint presentation created every day around the world, yet how many of them are created to help the audience remember what the speaker has to say. My personal experience of sitting through presentations or perhaps I should say sleeping through has been that the PowerPoint has really been created to help the speaker get through the session. Hence the term death by PowerPoint or even death by bullet point. I think it is crazy to sit through a presentation and be shown the words at the same time. Most people can’t read and listen at the same time especially if what you are reading at one speed is being presented verbally at a different speed. Wow it’s just brain overload.
Yes staff should learn how to use all the available features of PowerPoint so that their presentation can be put together in the most efficient way, but more importantly I believe they need to think about how using the features actually works to help the audience remember. If all they remember is a dull wordy presentation or they come away with a headache because all they remember was annoying swash/swish sounds every time a bullet point entered the screen then you can safely say the presentation did not work.
They say a picture paints a thousand words and I believe that is so true. Just watch the professionals like the BBC news readers They don’t often have bullet points behind them they have pictures or video and I believe that’s what helps us remember what the news reader has to say. The big difference is they are trained to read but make it seem like they are not reading. Our job as trainers, managers, sales etc. is to have the knowledge, enthusiasm and interest in the subject to get the message across to the audience with our voice and use PowerPoint in such a way they remember. More importantly if there is action to take as a result of your presentation the audience goes away knowing exactly why and what to do and by when. That brings me neatly on to the action. If you tell the audience what action they need to do at the beginning of the presentation then they are more likely to listen to what you have to say.
So to sum up; make sure staff know all the features of PowerPoint and then make sure it’s used to help the audience remember. The most important part of the presentation is the presenter not the PowerPoint.
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PowerPoint is one of those programs that is really worth knowing if you are required to make presentations. It does not matter if you are presenting to one person, 20 people or hundreds, they should all be there to hear what you have to say. PowerPoint should be used to help the audience remember what you have said and not used as a replacement for your words or to repeat your words on the screen. It is worth attending a one day course just to go over all the features so you can then decide which features would enhance your presentation and help your audience remember. If your company is in Milton Keynes or nearby e.g. Northampton, Rugby, Bedford, Oxford, Reading etc. etc. visit InIT Learning to see how cost effective the in-house courses are. (8 on a course is as little as £80.00 per delegate) or attend one of the open courses in Milton Keynes at £129 per delegate. Even better, as I write this there is an offer on for the PowerPoint course on 30th November 2016 a bargain at £99.00 per delegate. Visit PowerPoint Courses Milton Keynes>>>
I find it interesting how well ICT can be embedded into Maths. There is a big focus at the moment on embedding. Embedding ICT, Maths and English into training programmes such as Apprenticeships and NVQs. The embedding goes further as ICT and English should be embedded into maths oh and not forgetting bringing the British values and culture into it somehow. I must admit my first thoughts were ‘oh no here we go again’ but all this embedding is making for a much more enjoyable and fun maths session. It just needs a bit of thought at the planning stage but it is really worth while. ICT is embedding it self naturally into our daily lives so we need to take the barriers down and let it into the adult education classroom. The main trick is not just replace what you normally do with software like Excel, Word and PowerPoint but to use the full power of the internet and availability of technology.
I used to work for a private training provider in Rugby. I worked for 25 years with various job roles in Milton Keynes, Northampton and finally Rugby.That company was my life for all that time but now I run a business called InIT Learning and happy to say that there is life after redundancy. 🙂 InIT Learning deliver one day computer courses in Excel, Word and PowerPoint etc. InIT Learning prices are much more competitive than other SoftwareTraining providers. InIT Learning deliver the courses at your premises and provide all the equipment. If you have staff to develop at very competitive prices then getoncourse for success with InIT Learning. My company work with many large businesses and organisations in Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
I am keen to speak with large employers in the following areas: Milton Keynes, Rugby, Northampton, Oxford and Bedford (and all surrounding towns and counties) about how my company can increase efficiency and motivation of staff. Most staff are self-taught on computers and software like Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint and all delegates on my courses have enjoyed learning new and quicker ways to produce their work. GetonCourse for Success with computer courses at all levels in a day with InIT Learning. There is always something new to learn. My courses a full of useful tips.
Training and courses are a great way to keep the mind active and to develop new skills and knowledge to help with your job at work or to help you gain promotion or to change jobs or careers. Many employers encourage staff training and development as it’s a great motivator and of course it can make a positive effect on the bottom line. I deliver many courses in towns around Milton Keynes e.g. Rugby, Coventry, Oxford, Northampton, Bedford and many more and I meet many people with jobs from a variety of vocational areas and find it enjoyable and fun to work with people who are genuinely trying to learn new ways to make their job and tasks more efficient not just for themselves but for their customers, suppliers, managers and directors. The one thing common to all courses and all delegates is the support and desire of top level management to support their staff to develop and grow. Technology is the future and needs to be embraced from the top down. I can remember someone once said to me ‘David we will store all our typewriters behind the cupboards as this technology called Word Processing will not last’ years later they had to throw them away. The same person also said all you need is a diary and a pencil. Interestingly my current travels, job contracts and current contacts with staff at all levels proves there are genuine managers out there who are supportive of their staff and keen to develop them and embrace technology. I deliver courses in Excel, Word and PowerPoint and keen to speak with managers and directors who wish to develop their staff.
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Self employment and running my own business has got to be one of the best choices I made. Yes self employment has its ups and downs but I would say there are many more positives if you are willing to work hard. I meet a lot of genuine people who really show their appreciation for the work I do. We all like a pat on the back that is genuine and not just to satisfy the procedures set out in company policy. The companies I have been working with all fall into my ‘genuine’ category. There are many other positives like, I can develop new ideas without them being quashed by the powers to be. I have a better work life balance and can enjoy time to suit me. Okay there are some negatives like you can’t say for sure what the next contract will be and when, waiting to be paid is sometimes tough when you are a small business, but all this can be managed once you learn how your business works and how your customer businesses work. When you know your quiet months all you need to do is plan that in. My business is based in Milton Keynes and delivers one day courses in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc. InIT Learning provide all the equipment and all the customer has to provide is the room e.g. a conference room. The maximum delegates is normally eight and all delegates receive a manual and certificate of attendance. If your business is in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire or the surrounding counties e.g. Rugby and Coventry in Warwickshire, Northampton, Kettering in Northamptonshire, Bedford, Luton in Bedfordshire, Oxford in Oxfordshire and you have staff requiring training in Excel, Word or PowerPoint then contact me at InIT Learning 0844 585 1987.
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