Making Powerful Presentations Using PowerPoint

Power up your presentations!


Learn and apply time-proven communication and design principles that will help you create clear, effective, and powerful presentations.


This course is intended for users who need to make powerful presentations using PowerPoint


1 day


Lesson 1: Designing a Presentation

  • Planning
  • Identify the purpose of your presentation
  • Establish key points
  • Identify your target audience
  • Gathering Information
  • The most important part of any presentation is the content
  • Good content = quality research
  • Know what you want to say
  • Identify Key Points
  • Identify the core message
  • State the objective
  • Identify your main topics and subtopics; they become your slide titles
  • Determine the Purpose

Lesson 2: Types of Presentations

  • Persuade
  • Inform
  • Build goodwill
  • Relay information
  • Know Your Audience
  • Who is your audience?
  • What is their understanding of the topic?
  • What do they need to know?
  • What are their expectations?
  • What type of presentation?
  • Identify
  • Roadblocks to understanding
  • Best approach to present
  • What elements make a message credible
  • What facts persuade
  • How much time is allotted
  • Location of your presentation
  • Who are the Subject Matter Experts
  • Support Audience Interest
  • Provide clear benefits
  • Keep audience’s needs primary
  • Cover the material stated
  • Stay within schedule
  • Leave time for discussion and questions
  • Using handouts and supporting materials
  • Planning Review
  • What is the best way to research your topic?
  • Why is it important to identify the purpose of your presentation?

Lesson 3: Writing and Content

  • Create an outline
  • Move a Word outline to PowerPoint
  • Identify four outline styles
  • Name the three types of tone that can be used in your writing style
  • Explain why visual maps might be used
  • Create an Outline
  • Design and Graphics
  • Identify the elements of good design
  • Create a design template
  • Modify a slide master
  • Insert slides from another presentation
  • Identify best fonts for presentation
  • Identify best colors for your presentation
  • Understand concepts for placing graphics

Lesson 4: Design and Graphics

  • What Design Is Not About
  • What Design Is About
  • Design Considerations
  • Case Principles
  • Style Principles
  • Symbols Principles
  • Boxes & Lines
  • Spacing Principles
  • Slide Masters
  • Presentation Template
  • Color Considerations

Lesson 5: Visuals

  • Crop and compress pictures
  • Insert Excel Charts
  • Use screen shots
  • Proof your presentation
  • Use slide transition and animations
  • Prepare presentations for viewing
  • Share presentations with others
  • Using Visuals

Lesson 6: Managing your time

  • Planning
  • Slide to time ratio = 3 minutes each
  • Check points (agenda and clock)
  • Coordinate with other presenters
  • Determine timing of questions
  • Leave time for questions/discussion
  • Tips for Presenting
  • Make eye contact
  • Don’t apologize.
  • Be positive
  • Never say “This is just to show…”
  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”
  • Do not read your talk

Lesson 7: Practice, Practice, Practice