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    Re: Presentation Software

    In a survey concluded by a top computer magazine eight out of ten professional people said that they were sick to death of presentations that had all these jazzy effects and would just as well have a straight forward presentation which got to the point.

    Also they would like it if the presenter did not give out handouts as this spoilt the presentation as other people would read ahead and then talk during the presentation.

    Quite frankly i agree there is nothing more boring than watching a presentation which drolls on for ages when they could have made the point within ten minutes.

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    Re: Presentation Software

    Now we are starting to talk about flashiness over substance.

    This is different from having a damn good design, that could be simple or could be complex, that grabs the attention of the audience without distracting them from the information.

    It is not about making it flashy ... it is about design ... and a good design is vital.

    Some prefer it simple ... some designs work best due to their complexity ... but this should not be confused with trying each and every transition or effect that you possibly can.

    No more than 3 different transitions ... and only change them to denote the change of 'theme' of the information.

    No more than 2 fonts.

    Try to keep to a specific set of colours that would fit in the normal every day world ...

    Treat items entering and leaving the screen as you would actors leaving and exiting a stage. It may be enter left, exit right ... it may be through a trap door ... but you don't expect them to suddenly disassemble themselves and scatter in different directions.

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    Re: Presentation Software

    Quote Originally Posted by deerwood
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    "It's the content not what it looks like that is important."
    "Surely the content is the most important thing not how jazzy it looks."

    Oh come on, guys, surely nobody seriously believes this. If something does not look good, then who is going to look at it or take any notice of it!?

    The problem with PowerPoint is that, in the hands on most of us, it simply does not look good and nobody takes the blindest bit of notice; ... NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE CONTENT.

    It is probably easier to create a better presentation without PowerPoint than it is with PowerPoint.
    Well, having been a uni student quite recently, I can specifically remember creating a very good looking presentation with powerpoint. I can also remember not including animations, transitions, sounds etc... I can also remember other people including these things and being marked down as they detracted from the purpose of the presentation - to present information.

    If you can't create a good presentation, go on a course. If you can't go on a course, do some reading about how to create them and do it well. Presentations should be simple, presenting snippets of information whilst the speech does the real work.

    Flashy animations show one thing - that you have too much time available to play with flashy animations, which you could have and should have been using for other more productive meetings.

    Think back to when presentations were done with acetate and slides. Do you think they had drum-rolls, or people doing 'between slide' performances during the presentation? No.

    Now, on the other hand... If this presentation is for something like we are currently doing in our school, a 'multimedia' cd-rom for new parents, then a bit of flashy stuff can make it more interesting but only so far as to be professional looking (amateurish would be bad). However, a powerpoint would probably be the wrong thing to use here.

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    Re: Presentation Software

    People tend to focus less in presentations if the presenter is speaking the same thing as what's on the slides, the brain cannot decide which medium to concentrate on so can't... Keep slides basic and to the point, not too distracting, just leave key points, headings or diagrams essential to the presentation.

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