PowerPoint has become a particularly useful tool, especially in the business environment. It is essential to have a good presentation if you want to back up the ideas you express orally in a meeting in order to convey your message in a professional manner. Here are some tips on how to make a professional powerpoint presentation:
- Don’t choose the first option you see.
Microsoft offers you lots of options for templates, designs and fonts, and sometimes it can be confusing to choose from all the options. Take care of the details: the font, the shadows for the shapes, action sounds, default colors etc.
- Customize the size.
In general, the default size will do, but if you have the chance, it would be good to check the display on the screen(s) you have for your meeting room. Larger presentations usually look bad on displays with unusual resolutions, so you should check it up.
- Edit the template.
Edit the template before you start planning each slide. You will save time by editing it just once instead of spending time for every slide. Go to Themes, click on Edit Master, then Slide Master. Choose what you need and then select Close Master.
- Align your objects.
Many people ignore this small detail, but this can make the difference between a professional presentation and an amateur one. You can manually align the objects, but PowerPoint can do it for you: press Shift and select all objects, then click on all of them. Choose Arrange in the options bar, then Align or Distribute and select what type of alignment you want.
- Use the Format menu.
The Formant menu lets you finely adjust your presentation. Right click on an object and click on Format. Here you can adjust shadows, shape measurements, reflections and anything you want.
- Use the shapes.
If in the past you didn’t have much to choose when it came to shapes, nowadays PowerPoint offers lots of original ones. There is even a Smart Shapes feature that allows you to create flow charts, diagrams and other things instantly.
- Customize your shapes.
When creating one, right click and choose Edit Points. With this, you can customize your shapes so as to adapt them to your specific needs. One useful example in this case are the arrows, which you can redesign so as to fir whatever dimensions you need. You can also combine two shapes together, just select them, right click and choose Grouping.
All in all, a PowerPoint presentation is really useful for underlining your main points in a speech or presentation, so you shouldn’t underestimate its power. Moreover, it can help you keep your coherence if you get distracted.