From Awkward to Awesome: PowerPoint Presentations


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PowerPoints can be powerful tools, but they can also put learners to sleep faster than a warm blanket. Here's how to transform your presentations from awkward to awesome:

Content is King (and Queen):

  • Start with the Why: Before you open PowerPoint, identify the key takeaways you want learners to grasp. This will guide your slide content and keep it focused.
  • The Power is in the Point: Less is More. Talk to the point. Avoid cramming slides with text. Bullet points are okay but keep them concise. Let your spoken explanation fill in the details.
  • The Real Power of Powerpoint: The 'power' in PowerPoint is not about the bullet points or other visuals but about the insights and discussions slides generate.
  • White Space: Utilize white space effectively to make the slide more readable and less cluttered.
  • Story Time: Weave a narrative into your presentation. Use real-life examples, anecdotes, or even humour to connect with learners on a personal level.

Design for Impact:

  • Visual Appeal: Ditch the clip-art and blurry photos. Use high-quality images, infographics, or even short videos to grab attention. Use infographics to present data visually. They are more engaging and easier to understand than text-heavy slides. Choose a colour scheme that is visually appealing but not distracting. Ensure there is enough contrast between text and background for readability.
  • Template Tamers: PowerPoint offers templates, but use them as a starting point, not a crutch. Play with colour palettes, fonts, size of fonts and layouts to create a unique and visually interesting presentation.
  • Animation Insanity? Avoid: Animations must have a purpose and it must be appropriate. Flashy animations might seem cool at first, but they can be distracting and take away from your message. Use them sparingly, if at all.
  • Conceal and Reveal: Don't show all your bullet points at once. Let them appear one after the other. This focuses the learners' attention on the one being discussed.

Engage Your Audience:

  • Interactive Activities: Incorporate polls, quizzes, or even short group discussions into your presentation to keep learners actively involved.
  • Hyperlinks: Use hyperlinks to connect to additional resources or to navigate within the presentation for a non-linear flow.
  • Pose Questions: Scatter thought-provoking questions throughout your slides to spark curiosity and encourage participation.
  • The Power of Pause: Don't just talk at your slides. Leave room for pauses, reflection, and questions from learners.


  • Practice Makes Perfect: Rehearse your presentation beforehand. This will boost your confidence and ensure a smooth delivery.
  • Be You! Inject your personality and passion into your presentation. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

Bonus Tip: Look for online resources and tutorials on presentation design. There are many great tools and techniques to help you create presentations that wow!

Remember, the goal is to engage, inform, and inspire your learners through your presentations. By following these tips, you can transform your presentations from sleep-inducing slideshows to engaging, informative, and unforgettable learning experiences: From awkward to awesome!