I recently delivered a speech at a TedX event and learned a great deal from the experience. Because it was my first presentation, I was quite nervous. However, I truly believe that delivering this speech has helped me in so many areas of my career. After processing the experience, I wanted to share some insights I learned.
I tend to think that when you have an idea in mind, there is always a way to make it happen. It remains to be seen what means will have to be implemented, and if it is worth it.
In PowerPoint it's the same thing, if you have an idea that you absolutely want to integrate, but you can't find the function to do it, there is almost always a more or less simple trick to make your wish come true.
An example (even two):
To make a personalized transition at the end of your slide without having to click 15 times, I use a very simple technique I learned from Dan Smith who manages the public speaking agency KeynoteSpeakers.info:
I duplicate it, then in animation I activate the option “ go to the next slide automatically after 00:00 “. What will pass the slide, once the animations are finished (which you have timed).
So I have a slide 1 with the introductory animations, with one click, I switch to slide 2 which will simply switch the “closing” animations and will automatically switch to a slide on another subject.
An example which is not really one : When I discovered PowerPoint 2020 , I was completely lost. I forced myself to explore the software, and in the end I realized that the new features were already available in 20017, but by tweaking. In the end, I prefer to use the 2017 version because I find it simpler in the interface (that's still my opinion!). Fortunately, Office 2013 has been released and I am delighted! If you have any doubts, prefer this version!
Use resources (photos, graphics…)
Use graphic image and smart art resources
As I said earlier, it is important to know how to synthesize information. My friend who runs MotivationalSpeakerz.com taught me some simple techniques on how to do this. And for that the best technique remains to accompany his words by images, graphics, etc ...
PowerPoint integrates a function that I find very classy: The Smart-Art, by digging a little into the formatting options, there are possibilities to make very professional diagrams.
Beware of overload , most often, the simplest slides are the most meaningful. Again, adapt. C 'is you who made the presentation , not your slide.
Also pay attention to the images you use, keep in mind that the image must add something to your speech and not fill in the empty spaces of your slide !
Cite Your Sources
Citing your sources = credibility + proitection
I hope there is no need to repeat it, citing your sources is essential . It's a big problem today on the internet, but in a presentation to an audience, a lack of source can be catastrophic.
In general, this gives you credibility (depending on the relevance of the source), added value , and it can protect you , both in terms of rights, but also if your presentation is followed by a series of questions. reply. Citing your sources will protect you from redundant questions about certain resources and you can focus on the main topic.
Prepare and don't forget to rehearse
So as I say, if you have read me so far, it is because you want to succeed in your presentation, and therefore to be well prepared.
As we have seen the preparation goes through a few steps:
Collecting information (to know your subject and make an interesting presentation)
Organize your ideas and reasoning.
Design the sequence of his slides .
Create your PowerPoint as a support for your presentation.
BUT there is one step left, too often overlooked, to repeat . You need to rehearse, or simulate the presentation at least once!
To validate the consistency of its presentation ,
To check if everything is working ,
To see if you are comfortable with the subject and therefore validate your knowledge of the subject .