Memorable PowerPoint Presentations provide direction and information. But, the bad ones leave you wishing you would had a root canal instead. It is of no doubt that PowerPoint presentations that flood the audience with limitless animations, audacious bullet lists and sparkling graphics may look magnificent but they often drown out the content.
Just because a presenter can use each and every PowerPoint feature does not mean you should do that. Most of the people have a fear of delivering presentations and with good reasons. It is actually a skill that necessitates practice and knowledge. Unfortunately, over the period of time there are some myths that have been developed about PowerPoint. Let’s take a look at some of these PowerPoint Myths.
Presentation Should Start Fast
It is completely false. To draw people’s attention, you don’t need to floor it like a NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) driver. Presentation with a beginning, middle and an end allow set boundaries for the listeners. Always remember that an effective storyteller wins at making presentations. So, make sure your attendees are aware of what you are proposing or recommending and why.
PowerPoint Is A Strategy
This is untrue. PowerPoint presentations are not strategies. They can be a part of a tool or strategic plan which is used to communicate a set of strategies. Thus, in no way can one consider it as a strategy, since it is not designed for that purpose.
State The Problem Plainly
It is completely false. Excellent presentations have a story to commune. The story you discuss requires to be fleshing out for your listeners and not reduced to bullet points. The graphics you pick should have the meaning for your audience to understand and also connect to the story you are telling only then it will touch the hearts of people.
Data Is The Heart Of Every Presentation
It’s not true. There is always more to a successful presentation than dumping data onto a slide. Understanding your audience enables you to tailor the presentation and when you do they will absorb more of the information and respond better. Do pay attention to what the audience has in common, are they novices or experts? And are you aware of how they feel about the topic.
Now when you know the presentation myths that can hurt you, it is best to avoid these traps and you will ultimately come across as a much better presenter.