How to prepare a captivating 10-minute PowerPoint presentation?
The PowerPoint presentation is one of the most popular tools used by business and government professionals. It allows you to display your ideas to a large audience and convey key points in an organized manner. However, many people think that creating a good PowerPoint presentation means having a lot of slides with tons of information on each slide. This is not true! If you've ever sat through a long-winded, boring PowerPoint presentation that felt more like torture than entertainment, you know how frustrating it can be.
A good PowerPoint presentation does not have to be long, but it does need to be captivating enough for your audience to want to keep listening for the next ten minutes or so.
With the right tips, you can do a captivating 10-minute presentation that keeps your audience engaged and entertained. In this blog post, I will cover everything from keeping it short to starting strong, having a clear theme, and being visual.
Keep it Short.
The biggest key to a captivating presentation is keeping it short. Ten minutes is a good length for most presentations. Still, suppose you have more content than that. In that case, you can consider splitting your presentation into multiple slideshows and presenting them individually over time (for example, in a series of 10-minute talks).
Always cut out the extra content. It's better to keep your audience engaged and entertained instead of letting them drift off because your presentation was too long or didn't cover enough material. You can also use this extra time as an opportunity for Q&A from the audience.
Use the first few minutes of your presentation to make a substantial impact. You have only 10 minutes at best, so you need to grab your audience's attention quickly. Make sure you get right into the topic and establish a connection with them as soon as possible. To achieve this goal, you must have a clear theme or message before heading into that meeting room.
Have a Clear Theme.
The first step in doing a captivating 10-minute PowerPoint presentation is to have a clear theme. One of the reasons for presentations going on too long is having too much content with no clear theme.
Define the problem before starting on a solution.
What are you trying to achieve?
What are your goals?
Who are you trying to influence, and why?
How can you reach these people with your message, and what kind of presentation will work best for them?
Define those things before starting on anything else! You need to know what problems you're solving so your audience can understand where it fits into their life.
A good PowerPoint presentation should be visually exciting but also easy to understand. Use simple images and videos to help get your message across. A consistent design throughout the presentation will keep viewers engaged and make it easier for them to follow along with what you're saying.
Use the same color scheme, font, and layout throughout your slides so that they feel connected without being too busy or distracting. Keep in mind how much information you want to show on each slide - the more complex or dense with text is, the longer people will take reading it (and potentially tune out).
Keep it relevant and exciting.
It's tempting to use as many slides, words, and technical terms as possible when presenting a PowerPoint slide deck. However, this can make your presentation too long and bore your audience. You want them to stay engaged throughout the whole talk, so they remember what you said when they leave the room.
If you don't keep it relevant and exciting for your audience, it will be hard for them to follow along with what you are saying or retain any information from your presentation.
Your slides are not a substitute for your words.
Use your slides as a visual aid and not as a substitute for your words. Use only one idea per slide - if you have more than one thought in mind, use multiple slides instead of cramming all pictures into one slide. If possible, keep it to three bullet points per slide; anything more than that will make it difficult for your audience to process the information quickly before moving on to the next point/slide.
Make sure your slides are easy to read: don't use tiny fonts or graphics that are hard to distinguish from each other (use different colors). Ideally, each slide should have no more than six words on it! You can add plenty of details in the speaker notes below each slide if necessary - but keep them brief, so they don't distract from what's being said during presentations.
Make sure your slides are easy to read.
You don't have to have many fancy design elements in your presentation. You don't want to overdo it, but there are some simple things you can do to make sure your slides are as easy on the eyes as possible.
Use an easy-to-read font. This is a no-brainer, but it's worth repeating: make sure your slides are readable! If they're not, people won't be able to follow along with what you're saying and may tune out before the end of your talk.
Keep the text large enough for everyone in the audience to see easily from their seats - this means 9 points or larger for most fonts (10 points or larger for sans serif fonts).
Avoid using color schemes that rely heavily on shades of gray; they can be hard on the eyes and difficult to read if they're not contrasted well against other colors used throughout each slide.
Avoid italicized text; use bold instead because italics often make letters hard to distinguish from one another due to their thin strokes/strokes being thinner than standard typefaces with more weight.
Tell a story
One of the best ways to captivate your audience is to tell a story. Stories have been used for centuries as teaching tools, but they can also be applied in business presentations, speeches, and even slides.
Stories make complex ideas easier to understand and more memorable because they engage all five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. They also help you convey an important point by using real-world examples your audience can relate to.
Another reason stories are so compelling is that they can inspire your audience by providing a roadmap for success or motivating them with relatable characters who overcome challenges.
Finally, stories keep your audience engaged throughout your presentation because they're easy to follow. When done well, this kind of storytelling will not only keep people interested but also leave them feeling like they learned something new or had their minds changed about something important.
Now you know what makes for a captivating presentation, and you have some tips to help you create one. I hope this article has inspired you to try something new next time you give a PowerPoint presentation!