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Create A Powerpoint in 10 Easy Steps by Seal Please do not take any offense or tips from the following. Just quietly assume I am quite batty, which I am.
Step 1. Choose a Topic ● Perhaps this seems perfunctory, but choosing a topic can really be crucial in creating a Powerpoint presentation. ✗ A bad or boring topic will create a bad or boring show. ● This may be made easy for you if your topic is assigned; however, you may be required to choose your own topic, whereby the propensity for human error will step in. ✗ Do choose as snappy a topic as you can. While belly button lint may be important, quite likely it will not be as riveting as one might assume.
Step 2. Choose a Template ● Again, this step may be quite obvious to the casual observer who has no idea of the complexities that present themselves during the course of staring blankly at an endless range of mostly similar designs. ● Try to match the topic to the template, so for example, were one to be speaking on the many varieties of toe-nail fungus, one could make use of a green-tinged template, to properly set the mood.
Step 3. Craft Interesting Content ● Facts and figures do, of course, matter greatly in the overall impact of one's presentation, none-the- less, for the sanity of one's audience, one must provide some interest other than an endless litany of, often depressing, statistics. ● Personal stories, if relevant, and short, are acceptable, but remember the caveat: relevant and short. If one is speaking on the scarcity of research into the color preferences of cats, do not go off about your Great-Aunt Edna's bunion.
Step 4. Pictures, Charts, and Graphs. Oh my! ● Visual interest is imperative for several reasons. ✗ Provides a break from one's hopelessly boring list of facts. ✗ Lightens up the mood with a very tasteful, of course, cartoon about the propensity of the modern cat to not wash her tongue between baths. ✗ Endlessly uses up space so the professor will think you put ever so much more work into whatever meaningless topic you happen to be discussing.
Step 5. Example of Step 4
Step 6. Consider Animation ● Animation, of course, done automatically, uses up endless seconds of perfectly justifiable time during one's allotted five-minute presentation. ● Having one's carefully prepared content fly in from the right or left adds impact that one's carefully researched facts could never have. ● On another level, animation makes one feel quite superior about one's presentation and can eliminate anxiety about the importance of psycho- analyzing tortilla chips.
Step 7. Creating a Snappy Title ● While it is often suggested that a title should give the viewer some hint as to the intervening time between when you stand and approach the front of the room, and when you shall again return to your seat, I have found it is resoundingly more fun to keep the audience guessing, so instead of calling your highly researched and documented show about toe-nail fungus something sinister like, “Behind the Polish,” instead entitle it, “What My Dorito Thinks about Life.” This will ensure a strong discussion about the connection between Doritos and toe-nail fungus.
Step 8. Spell Check! ● Know matter how cleaverly designed your snide show is, or how interesting your personal anekdotes, having pourly spellled words will remoove muche of the profeshional impackt of you're speach. Do not rely on spell check! ● Look especially for homonyms, missing or incorrect punctuation, and bad turns of phrase. ● Remove any bits where you think you are being clever, as they will undoubtedly fall flat.
Step 9. Deliver the Presentation ● Obviously you have given this presentation a great deal of thought and time. Now the only task is to confidently walk up to the front of the classroom and give your clever, but not too clever, speech on the mating patterns of aardvarks. ● The trick here is confidence. Do not waver in your estimation that this project is so important that everyone MUST know the mating habits of aardvarks. ● Do not giggle or fidget. Shoulders back and eyes up! You are the intellectual equal of everyone in the room!
Step 10. Run Like Hell ● If your presentation is effective, you should now be well on your way out of the country, with an angry band of students hot on your heels for filling their heads full of meaningless drival over the course of an hour. ● Here again, confidence is the key. ● Wear running shoes. ● While they are staring at you blankly because they can't believe you just spoke about toe-nail fungus for twenty minutes, get a five to ten minute head start. Good luck. Avoid major roads and points of entry!