How to manage your PowerPoint presentation
Using PowerPoint projections can often be helpful to you when you are
presenting to a group of people. If, however, you do not carefully
control your PowerPoint projection it can weaken instead of support your
presentation. The key might be to work hard on how you move from one
slide to another. Consider this extra handful of hints:
Hint no.1: Introduction before change of slide
You must introduce any slide you
want to show before you show it. This will help the audience to focus
attention on first you and then the slide. If you first change the slide
and then introduce it afterwards, the audience will not know whether
they should read the slide or listen to you.
Hint no.2: Eye contact before change of slide
The slides are just there to support
what you say - not to replace you in any way. The attention must be on
you and therefore you must maintain eye contact with the audience (and
not look at the screen or anywhere else) right up until the moment that
you plan to change to the next slide.
Hint no.3: No talking while changing slide
When you talk to the audience you must
maintain eye contact but when changing the slide you need to watch what
you are doing and therefore you should not talk while changing the
slide. Do one thing at a time - so don't try to talk to the audience
while changing slides. Talk or change the slide - not both at the same
Hint no.4: First explanation, then interpretation
Once the new slide is displayed
it is important to carefully explain what's presented on the slide
before providing any interpretation on what this means. For example, you
must explain each element of any graphics or matrix before explaining
what this graphic or matrix means. You may have seen the slide many
times before, but for the audience it is the first time, so don't'
assume anything, explain instead.
Hint no.5: Control the changing of slides yourself
The hints mentioned above can
really only work for you if you change the slides yourself. Don't leave
that to anyone else. So before you agree to make any presentation you
must make sure that you will be able to control the changing of the
slides (on a laptop in front of you, via a remote control, etc.) from
the beginning to the end.
Source: Gene Zelazny, 2000