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Tips and Tricks on Giving a Stand-out Powerpoint Presentation

Jenni Rice, content creator

Giving a presentation in class can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips and tricks on creating great powerpoint presentations so that you can face presentation day with confidence.

Leave behind default themes

When making a presentation visual appeal is super important. Don’t be one of the 30 people in your class with the same default Google Slides theme.

Leave behind the default themes and seek out unique ones on websites like Slides Carnival and slidesgo.

Make it a bit extra

While you don’t want to overdo it and have your entire presentation be taken up by visuals, having pictures, stickers and designs on your powerpoint make it much more entertaining and engaging. 

Try to find an image that relates to the slide, or it’s a fairly full slide, just have some small stickers that fit the theme colors. 

Videos can be great too, especially if it’s something that needs a visual representation that you don’t have the ability to show yourself.

Depending on the formality of the presentation, maybe even stick a meme in there. This allows for everyone to have a quick laugh, and it makes your presentation memorable!

If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know half the stuff you’re making your presentation about, if it’s at least visually appealing, people may not even notice you don’t know what you’re talking about (your professor probably will, though, so do your best to know your material).

Be confident even if you don’t feel it!

Presentations can be really scary, but try not to let your nerves show. Talk like you know what you’re talking about even if you don’t. If you stutter, don’t make a big deal about it. 

If presenting in front of fellow classmates is your biggest fear on presentation day, just remember that they’re probably daydreaming and hardly paying attention, and your confident tone might be the only thing they remember from your presentation.

Not to mention, teachers love confidence and it might get you more opportunities in the future. 

Engage others

Engagement is a really nice way to keep your presentation interesting and keep people from being bored out of their minds watching presentation after presentation.

Have a slide in your presentation that just has a question on it to open up a discussion. If no one participates, you can always just answer it yourself. 

Prepare and practice ahead of time

If you go into your presentation day planning to just read off of your slides without having practiced, you’re not going to do very well.

Lack of preparation shows, and you don’t want to be that person reading off their slides sounding like a robot. 

Know what you’re going to say and when you’re going to say it ahead of time, and things will flow much more smoothly.

With all of this in mind, next time you have a presentation, approach it with excitement instead of dread. Have fun with it and have the best presentation in your class!