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Getting the Most out of Your PowerPoint Presentation

Session Format:

One 3-Hour Session


This course is designed to give the learner preparation guidelines for delivering presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint software. This course is also intended to allow participants practice creating a presentation and delivering the presentation with presentational "stand up" skills incorporated.


The participant will learn 1) the basic steps in organizing and developing an effective message using PowerPoint 2) effective delivery techniques when using PowerPoint as a support tool) and 3) the most effective layouts for slides

Content Outline

  • Effective use of the transitional slide component
  • Where and how to position yourself when making a presentation using power point
  • Creating effective bullets
  • Tips on the use of laptops and projectors when presenting
  • Identify strategies for handling stage fright
  • Font guidelines
  • Outline tips for preparing and using visuals
  • PowerPoint and the six by six rule
  • Choosing backgrounds, colors and graphics appropriate for the audience
  • K.I.S.S (keep it simple, stupid)
  • C.C.C (clutter creates confusion)

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended for those who have completed the basic PowerPoint© class and who make formal or informal presentations using the software.

Prerequisite: Introduction to PowerPoint

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 9/24/14