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.
I am pleased to announce that I am now offering Excel Courses in Rugby Warwickshire. The courses are from Beginner level to Advanced level.
I am already delivering Excel courses successfully in Milton Keynes and looking forward to delivering them for companies and staff in Rugby and the surrounding areas such as Birmingham, Coventry etc.
Check the latest dates available for one day SoftwareTraining Computer Courses in Milton Keynes. All courses with InIT Learning include a manual and certificate of attendance. Courses are held at one of the Milton Keynes Libraries.
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>>>
New dates available for Excel spreadsheet training courses in Milton Keynes.
17th May 16 9:30 – 3:30 Level 2 Wolverton Library
25th May 16 10:15 – 4:15 Level 1 Kingston Library
1st June 16 10:15 – 4:15 Level 1 Kingston Library
8th June 16 10:15 – 4:15 Level 2 Kingston Library
13th July 16 10:15 – 4:15 Level 1 Kingston Library
20th July 16 10:15 – 4:15 Level 2 Kingston Library