“Nowadays, there are 300 million PowerPoint users in the world, they do 30 million presentations each day, about 30 million presentations are going on right now, but 50% of them are unbearable, in other words, lots of people are killing each other with bad presentations now.“
PowerPoint is a popular teaching medium that can be used as prompter, handout and data dump in education, training, business and office work. PowerPoint is a convenient prop for poor speakers, and it reduces complicated messages to simple bullet points, get presenters’ ideas across easily. In a nutshell, a good PowerPoint presentation helps to visualize ideas, create key points and impress audience.
While, nowadays, an unpleasant phenomenon called “Death by PowerPoint” occurs. Death by PowerPoint, which is also called “PowerPoint Poisoning”, is a critical and sarcastic term for boring presentations overloaded with information, which cause audience’s state of boredom and fatigue and never get through intended receivers. In fact, it may be owed to the fact that many of the Death by PowerPoint presenters lack fun PowerPoint ideas as well as PowerPoint making and presenting skills. So, how to fight “Death by PowerPoint” and avoid boring your audience to death?
How to make a presentation fun
In order to fight against “Death by PowerPoint”, we need some skills to create an interesting PowerPoint presentation. Generally speaking, we should redesign the slides and make them a little more interesting from several aspects here: significance, background, structure, simplicity, and rehearsal. If you give consideration to the 5 aspects, your PowerPoint will not be “Death by PowerPoint” any more.
Find the subject and meaning of the PowerPoint before making it, which can help you create a PowerPoint full of passion, thus drawing more attention. You may collect fun PowerPoint ideas and subjects from friends, colleagues and families, or get inspiration from great speeches.
Vision trumps all other senses. Set a unified PowerPoint background and use relevant pictures (such as diagrams) to support the PowerPoint. Free fun PowerPoint presentation templates will help you easily create an interesting and persuasive PowerPoint in just a few minutes.
Create key points and give 3-4 reasons to support every point, more will not be easily remembered by audiences. Remember the 6×6 Rule: six bullets per slide, six words per bullet (or less). Don’t kill your audience with too many bullets or too many words on a slide.
Make your PowerPoint as simple as possible with less text and more imagery.
If this is your first time to make a public PowerPoint sideshow, you need rehearsal to help to remember the key points and avoid being too nervous when presenting the PowerPoint before the public. Just go to an empty room and read aloud to yourself. To avoid “Presentation Karaoke” — where the presenter reads exactly what is on the slide, you should practice repeatedly and try to recite the important points.
You may find more useful suggestions here: Top 5 Tips on Making Persuasive PowerPoint. Now go forth with passion, create, and share.
However, sometimes, what bores your audiences is neither the monotony of slide content nor presenting skills, but the PowerPoint itself. As a medium tool, PowerPoint has its limitations. To present lengthy presentations with animations, transitions, and media content, we need many additional action buttons, which making PowerPoint slideshow lacking consistency and fluency in displaying content, so it is far not as popular as video. To make a real impression with the presentations, we have a better way: convert PowerPoint to video or DVD. The switching between media can help to reduce the likelihood of “Death by PowerPoint” occurring during a presentation, and bring your presentations and audiences to life with ease.
To achieve PowerPoint to video conversion, usually we have three methods. Check out the methods below.
How to convert PowerPoint to video
Method 1: Convert PowerPoint to video using Microsoft PowerPoint
After creating a PowerPoint presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, you can directly save the PowerPoint as video with the Microsoft PowerPoint application.
You can find the guide here: How to Convert PowerPoint 2013 to video.
Method 2: Convert PowerPoint to video using free PowerPoint to video converter
See the guide here: How to convert PowerPoint to video free.
Method 3: Convert PowerPoint to video with professional PPT to Video Converter
Moyea PPT to Video Converter helps to convert PowerPoint to video with the animations, transitions and embedded music, videos, music, narrations completely retained in your output movie.
Read the guide here: Tutorial of Moyea PPT to Video Converter.
To sum up, converting PowerPoint presentation to video will make it easier for us to distribute it on social websites (like YouTube, Facebook, etc.), and easier for recipients to view on any mobile devices without Microsoft PowerPoint installed, like iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android devices. By this way, “Death by PowerPoint” is overcome from the source.
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