Almost everyone who works for a company has used PowerPoint to some extent or, at the very least, is aware of it. Most people can put together a presentation of some description. However, unless a user makes an effort to learn the program, they will remain at a fairly low level of expertise and be stuck with creating presentations which either look amateurish or, at best, pretty much the same as thousands of other presentations being produced all over the world. One of the reasons for arranging PowerPoint training is to get an insight into the program and to be shown how to use it effectively.
In order to use PowerPoint effectively, you should fully understand the relationship between slide masters and slides. Professional presentations require consistency and the main mechanism used by the program for achieving this is through the use of masters.
Understanding how to work in outline mode is also important, particularly if text and bullet points play an important role in your presentation. PowerPoint allows you to work in outline mode, creating slides, headings and bullet points simply by typing. This mode is great if you are to be the presenter and allows you to compose your speech as create your presentation.
Graphics play such an important role in communication that it is almost certain that at least some of your presentations will require their use. Your PowerPoint training should give you a handle on the various ways of using graphics to add impact to your presentations. You should be shown how to insert and manipulate graphics, resize them, crop them and make them transparent. You should also learn how to use graphics as the background to a slide or to an element on a slide.
Almost all PowerPoint presentations nowadays are given electronically rather than as 35mm slides or transparencies. Therefore, the more tricks you can learn about giving presentations, the better. You need to understand how transitions work and how to set up animation schemes; so that bullet points can fade in one by one and then become greyed out when the next point appears. If you think it will add impact, you might also want to learn how to add video and sound to your presentation.
You should also ensure that your PowerPoint training teaches you how to finalize and package your presentation and that you know how to deliver electronic presentations. You should be able to freeze the screen if you need to or maybe circle an item on a chart as if using a whiteboard. These are all skills that a competent PowerPoint user should have and your PowerPoint training should equip you with these skills.
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