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Chapter 4: Making Your Presentations Livelier
Chapter 4: Making Your
In This Chapter
✓ Looking at ways to make a presentation livelier
✓ Slapping a transition or animation on a slide
✓ Making sound a part of your presentation
✓ Playing video during a presentation
✓ Recording your own voice narration for a presentation
The purpose of this chapter is to make your presentation stand out in
a crowd. It suggests ways to enliven your presentation with pictures,
charts, slides, and tables. It shows how transitions and animations can make
a presentation livelier. Finally, you discover how to play sound and video
during a presentation.
Suggestions for Enlivening Your Presentation
Starting on the Insert tab, you can do a lot to make a presentation livelier.
The Insert tab offers buttons for putting pictures, tables, charts, diagrams,
shapes, and clip-art images on slides:
✦ Photos: Everyone likes a good photo, but more than that, audiences
understand more from words and pictures than they do from words
alone. A well-chosen photo reinforces the ideas that you’re trying to put
across in your presentation. (See Book VIII, Chapter 3.)
✦ Tables: A table is a great way to plead your case or defend your position.
Raw table data is irrefutable — well, most of the time, anyway. Create a
table when you want to demonstrate how the numbers back you up.
(See “Presenting Information in a Table,” later in this chapter.)
✦ Charts: Nothing is more persuasive than a chart. The bars, pie slices, or
columns show the audience instantaneously that production is up or
down, or that sector A is outperforming sector B. The audience can
compare the data and see what’s what. (See Book VIII, Chapter 1.)