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Chapter 19: Polishing and Delivering a Presentation
CHAPTER 19
Polishing and Delivering a Presentation
Adding Emphasis with Animations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 615
Using Transitions Between Slides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 629
Planning and Rehearsing a Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . 631
Delivering a Live Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 633
Creating Notes and Handouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 642
In any of your audiences, it’s likely that you’ll have a mix of verbal and visual learners,
and you want to present to both learning types. That’s why you include a blend of text
and media in your slides. But even with pictures and graphics, your presentation can still
look static.
What on-screen presentations really need is movement. You can add this motion to your
presentations in the form of content animation and slide transitions. While activity is good
on-screen, it doesn’t do much for printouts like audience handouts or speaker notes. These
often need some added punch, too.
Then, there’s your delivery. Will you deliver to a live audience and be forced to
resurrect long-buried opening jokes? Will the presentation run by itself unattended, relying
on recorded narration or lots and lots of text to get your message across? Will it be used
as a platform to deliver information in a one-on-one setting, like a presentation that new
employees must watch before they’re given the code to the front door?
In this chapter, we show how you can build on existing presentations to add a level of
interactivity through animations and transitions. Then we look at the steps for planning,
rehearsing, and delivering a live presentation.
Adding Emphasis with Animations
Consider this scenario: You just spent the better part of the last few days building the basis
for your company’s new hire orientation. It includes all the pertinent details—like security
protocol, holidays and vacation time, and the lowdown on the company big wigs. You even
found a few graphics and a design theme that work well with your content. So, what’s the
problem? All the information is there, but that’s it. It’s just there. It’s boring.
What your presentation lacks you can make up for with a little creativity and some content
animation. For example, is it necessary to ill a slide that lists security protocols just with
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