If you are presenting course material to students in a classroom environment, most likely, you are using PowerPoint. Not that this is an issue, in reality, 89% of people use PowerPoint over other presentation tools. The issue is when you are not using it as it should be used.
Do you believe it is your presentation skills that truly matter and not what is showing on the presentation screen? The ability to present is important, but how many times have you been sitting in a presentation and focused on what you were seeing instead of what you were hearing? Having a set of well-designed presentation slides is more important than one may think.
As a presenter, having a well-designed set of presentation slides will make your presentation appear more organized, structured, and visually appealing. In turn, this will make you feel more confident and give you the ability to focus on the presentation of the information.
Although PowerPoint provides templates to design from, it does not mean that these templates are perfect. There are always methods in which to make your presentation more professional, structured, engaging and meet ADA compliance. Also, you can create real-time flip charts, animations, and e-Learning material using PowerPoint and one of the numerous plug-ins available on the market.
To take a look at some examples on how you can “step up with PowerPoint,” please take a look at the Stepping Up with PowerPoint link (to the right).
If you or your program would like to obtain hands-on training on the basics to more advanced functions of PowerPoint, make your documents more ADA compliant, or learn how to develop e-learning material, please feel free to contact me for additional information.