This month's presentations tip is about Powerpoint again. Last time I sent one on Powerpoint I was a bit anti (with good reason - there are lots of ways it can go wrong!) but in this one I'm going to redress the balance a little, with a list of very sexy features that you may not know about. Powerpoint can do all sorts of great things, and if you just pick up one or two hints from this list, then that's a result. So here goes.....
Hyper-links allow you to jump to other pages, reacting to what the audience wants
Hide slides and only show them if you decide you want to..... In slide sorter mode, right click on a slide and select Hide Slide. During the show, pressing H will show the hidden slide. (Hint: put a line along the bottom to remind you that there's a hidden slide there)
Get each bulleted line to fade slightly when the next one comes up, so that the viewer's eye is drawn to the newest point (which is the one you are talking about)
Have a very light picture as part of your background design - can look classy - but be careful: can be distracting too. Include it in slide master.
Build words and objects, so they appear one at a time
Control the default settings for things like the colour of lines, fills (normally turquoise), and hyperlinks after you've clicked on them (normally they go almost too light to see, which I don't like)
there we are, I think that's quite enough for now!
onwards and upwards
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