5 Ways to Improve the Flow of Your PowerPoint Presentation

 

We’ve all been in those meetings where you’re sat in a room listening to a colleague deliver an uninspiring, and sleep inducing, PowerPoint presentation to the rest of the team. Nine times out of ten the problem is not with the content being used within the slide, but the cohesion of the slideshow and the lack of flow between the individual slides. Some people think that the solution to this is to add fancy animations and this will turn your presentation into a full on interactive experience. In reality all you want is clear and concise information that is easy to follow between the slides of your show.

 

This post will show you five simple tips to improve the flow and composition of your presentation and lead to you delivering greater impact with your PowerPoint slideshow.

 

1. Headings

 

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Headings are one of the most straightforward ways of giving a sense of logical flow through a presentation. We can simply number headings or use a subheading with the main heading retaining the link to the section of the presentation we are in.

 

2. Comments

 

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Comments (i.e. using text boxes or pull quotes to annotate your slides and summarise the message or messages each is delivering) will always improve the delivery of your presentation. They can be used as a narrative by your audience and also help individuals reading the presentation in hand out form as opposed to listening to the live presentation.

 

3. Carrying forward numbers and concepts

 

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One situation where it’s quite difficult to maintain a flow to your presentation is when delivering the results of an analysis, especially when predominantly data focused. Ensuring that numbers flow consistently and clearly will give your audience confidence that the analysis you’ve carried out is logical and well considered.

 

 

Essentially what we are talking about here is being clear about what the key number or concept of a slide is, and making it clear that this number makes it through to the next slide.  This can be as simple as boxing a number in red so your audience is clear about the scope of the next slide.

 

 

4. Hyperlinks

 

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Hyperlinks are great for adding context and brining additional materials into a slideshow, much in the same way as in any other document. You can set them up to jump forward or backward between different points in your slideshow and also link to external materials.

 

5. Actions

 

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Action buttons work in a similar way to hyperlinks but have the added benefit of being able to trigger the running of programs, macros and even the playing of sounds. The option selected above will cause a jump to another slide when the object is clicked.

 

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