Knowing how to make a Powerpoint presentation quickly can be a lifesaver when the need arises. When your boss asks you to create a pitch deck for a last minute client meeting or share your insights about your department’s quarterly performance to the board, you’ll be glad you have the Powerpoint know-hows to get it done fast.
Building a presentation can be a breeze if you already have mastery of the subject of what you’re going to talk about. And even if you don’t, looking over your slides, gathering information and getting clarification about the topic will help you master the touchpoints of your presentation. Here are the steps you need to build your presentation deck:
How to Make a Powerpoint Presentation
Step 1: Begin with the objective of the presentation in mind
Before you even draft the presentation, you have to know the purpose of your presentation and who your audience is. Keep things simple by focusing on one to three main points and building around these main points.
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Step 2: Create the outline of the Powerpoint presentation
Plan the structure and flow of your presentation by creating an outline first. An outline lets you visually organize your thoughts, ideas, and content. Keep in mind that one slide should contain one point only with around three items or bullets.
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Step 3: Fine-tune the design of your presentation by choosing a template
When you’re done with you basic outline, choose the overall visual feel of your presentation by choosing the template. Slide Genius has tips for you on how to choose the right one.
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Step 4: Make your slides better by arranging text and adding graphics
Craft your slides for maximum impact. Use a strong headline for main points and illustrate these points with images and infographics. Make sure your fonts are big enough to be readable by the person in the farthest row.
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Step 5: Practice the timing while running your presentation
Do practice runs. Run your presentation and go through each slide to practice timing. Practice runs allow you to go over your touchpoints and decide how much time you want to spend on each comfortably and assures that your delivery fits within an allotted time. Use this time to check for errors and finalize your content.
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Powerpoint is also a great teaching tool. Teachers use the program to teach their classes. Here are some pointers on how to make your presentation engaging from Mercy Online:
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What is Slideshare?
In case you want to know how to share your Powerpoint online, Microsoft has a support article talking about how you can create slides and share your deck through their Microsoft 360 service. However, if you want to work with alternative presentation programs, you can try SlideShare.
Slideshare is a website which hosts presentation material. LinkedIn bought Slideshare in 2012 and you will be glad to know that if you ever create or upload your Powerpoint presentation there, you can also share it on LinkedIn.
Aside from storing your own materials, you can also find examples of effective presentations. You can also find presentations on specific subjects like how Google SEO works or a sample of a sales presentation.
Digital marketers also perform Slideshare marketing wherein they make really good decks for people to share. This social sharing of data then increases people’s awareness of the brand.
Andrezj Pach has a solid tutorial for you on how to design a good Powerpoint presentation:
So you’ve learned how to create Powerpoint presentations fast and you’ve also learned about sharing your deck in Slideshare. We hope that you apply this new knowledge to help you rise to the occasion when the opportunity arises. Creating and presenting decks effectively can earmark you as a star player in your office.
Do you have any nifty Powerpoint tricks you can share with you fellow Noobie users? Comment down below and let’s see if we can teach each other a thing or two.