by Hannah Comerford, Scribe Contributor

Have you ever sat through a poor PowerPoint presentation? Chances are you grew bored and distracted, your eyes strained from trying to read the slides, or you gave up on note-taking after your hand started cramping.

Can you remember sitting through a great presentation? If it was particularly well prepared, you probably still remember the key points, and you may even implement the information in your daily life. You left the presentation feeling connected to the speaker, whether you agreed with all the points or not.

Which category do your presentations fall into? Are they lackluster or brilliant? Whether you’re a pastor, a nonprofit coordinator, or a businesswoman, you want your presentations to deliver an impactful message. Take a look at the following steps to boost your presentation’s impact.

  • Use words or short phrases for headings. Pull a keyword out of your content to title the slide. This creates easy reminders of larger points, and they’ll likely stick in your listeners’ minds.
  • Keep content brief. To help everyone follow along, leave your content to one or two lines of explanation. Make sure note-takers could easily copy the lines in a few seconds, while other learners easily remember the gist of the message.
  • Only use content that’s worth writing down. If it’s not important to your main message, it doesn’t need to be part of a slide. Ask yourself, “If I were giving a test afterward, what would my audience need to know?” Use extra content to flesh out your oral presentation.
  • Make your slides easy to follow. Consider the following while designing your slides:
    • Use complementary colors that evoke the appropriate emotional response. For a helpful article about using color in your business, click here.
    • If implementing photos, only choose ones which are crisp and display well with your projector.
    • Don’t use fancy fonts unless it’s for a specific purpose. Do use font styles and sizes which will be readable during your presentation.
    • Ask someone to review. Ask a professional or knowledgeable friend to review your slides for effectiveness, misspellings, grammatical errors, and anything else which could detract from your message. Your eyes are accustomed to your project, so a fresh perspective will bring to light issues you didn’t notice before.

Whether you’re giving sermon notes or pitching a business plan, a strong presentation will stay in your listeners’ minds long past the closing slide. If you lack the time or ability to create a powerful PowerPoint, consider hiring a professional writer to develop your ideas into the presentation you need. Contact The Scribe Source today for a consultation.