Animation in PowerPoint Presentations: Are they worth it?

Animation in PowerPoint Presentations: Are they worth it?

Nothing can add life to a PowerPoint presentations better than animation. Animations add flair to a presentation. When used well, the motion effects can add dynamism to your deck and make your message more powerful.

When you first start including animation in your presentation, it may be tempting to overdo it. This can make your PowerPoint slow and often not enjoyable for your audience. The best animation effects have an aesthetic use that is in sync with your message and also helps to control the pace of your presentations.

How to Use Animation in PowerPoint?

PowerPoint has evolved over the years and several new features have been added to it to enhance it further. A presentation, similar to a story, has a beginning, middle and a conclusion. To mark these points, you can use animation in the form of a Transition. The Transition Pane in PowerPoint has several variations and options to choose from.

To use animation in 2013, 2016 PowerPoint, follow the following steps.

  • Select the text or object that you wish to animate
  • Click “Add animation” on the Animations tab of the ribbon to choose an animation effect
  • The speed of the effect chosen is determined by the Duration setting. Click on the Timing option under Animations tab and enter the number seconds that you wish the animation effect to continue
  • When you animate a text or an object, a small numeral shows up to the left of the object. The numeral shows the presence of an animation effect and its position in the sequence of animations on a slide. To remove an animation, just select the numeral and press delete.

According to experts, a crucial aspect to remember when adding animations is to keep it simple. While PowerPoint offers an array of options for animation, over-using them can make your presentation appear unprofessional and distract your viewers.

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Animation should aid, not be a hurdle in your viewer’s understanding of your PowerPoint. The animation doesn’t help much when it is distracting. Flashy animations such as ‘Boomerang’, ‘Checkerboard’, or ‘Bonce’ take the focus away from the message and may even come across as irritating. All said, animation, when used well, can work to enhance audience engagement and recall levels significantly.When using animations, objects, texts and images can flip, fly or drop on your slide. You can make them spin, shimmer or pulse for emphasis. For business purposes, it is best to follow some simple animations such as:

Appear – The object just pops on the screen
Fade – The object moves in and out in a quiet, gentle way
Wipe – An invisible eraser wipes the slide
Zoom – The object comes from far away to the forefront

It is advised that you stick to the same animations all through your presentations to ensure a sense of consistency to your story.

Experts say that the best thing to do with PowerPoint animation is to use it to build your story at a gradual pace. This will also ensure that your audience can absorb all the content without feeling a loaded. Also, they will stay focused as they would want to find out what happens next.

Tips to Create Effective PowerPoint Animations

Here are some things to keep in mind to create effective PowerPoint animations.

1. Choose the right effects

Animation effects fall into four categories: entrance, emphasis, motion paths and exits. Entrance effects are the most commonly used ones. Few people use the exit effects. However, they can be extremely useful in certain situations. Both motion paths and emphasis effects have limited use and should be applied only in specific cases.

When explaining a process or sharing a story, PowerPoint motion paths make for a great tool. You can employ motion animation to take your audience through the different steps of a process. It can be used for objects, texts or images, with a lot of creativity.

2. Control of the effects

When you apply an effect, there are three options: start on click, start with previous and start after previous. Most presenters depend on “start on click” for all effects. It gives them time to get across a specific point to their audience before proceeding to the next effect. “Start after previous” is helpful when you are looking to keep the sequence flowing as you talk. “Start with previous” is helpful to stack multiple effects of running at the same time to maintain a good pace.

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3. Timing of the effects

To control the timing of the effects, you can go to ‘speed setting’. You would want to apply the same speed setting so that you are able to anticipate the flow of the effects as you talk consistently.

4. Sequence

The arrangement of the effects is an important consideration. It is crucial to get the sequence of your effects right to achieve the desired results. The layering of the objects can also have an impact on the overall animation. Whether an effect begins on top of another or comes from behind can completely change the effectiveness or the message of the animation.

5. Check thoroughly

It is always a good idea to review your presentation in the Slide Show mode. This way you can test the timing, control and arrangement to produce the desired effect.

The key to effective animation is to understand when to use it. You can follow the 80/20 rule for this. What 20% of your presentation is the most important? That is what is worth adding your animation to.

Once you understand how animations can work for your presentations, you’re limited only by your imagination. Use the extensive selection of animation options in PowerPoint and make your presentations lively and unforgettable.

4 Tips for Making Effective PowerPoint Presentations

4 Tips for Making Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Anyone who’s familiar with public speaking already knows the dreadful feeling that can come with a presentation. The feeling of being put under a microscope, every single person in the room looking you dead in the eye while you attempt to communicate a concept, idea or plain knowledge on a given topic. It’s a lot. If you’re finding yourself in a position of having to speak or present often, you need to understand four key things in order to be successful.

With Affiliate Summit West 16 in the books, I’m sure this is something many of you are now thinking about, having either given your own presentation or having watched ones being given. I’m sure others stood out for their value and quality while others were a drag just for you to sit through.

No matter what your thoughts on the sessions given, it’s time to up your game when presentation during your next meeting or conference with these presentation tips!

Avoid Lecturing Too Much

As Inc. says, you should not lecture people. A lecture is what happens when your parents want to tell you all of the ways you messed up. Do you really think you will get through to your audience when you attempt to tell them each and every item on your list? There truly is a significant difference between entertaining someone, teaching someone, explaining something, or lecturing them. What you need to do is understand the difference.

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As mentioned earlier, Affiliate Summit West 16 just came to a close in Las Vegas. Having spoken at the event several times now, I have a good idea on what the audience wants to hear. Through our “Six Figure Affiliate Blogging” panel, John Chow, John Rampton, Syed Balkhi and myself share some of our best tips and recommendations for finding success online. Not only do we share our own experiences, we also open the floor for audience Q&A to keep the engagement going.

When setting up your next presentation to an audience, try to start a dialogue and ask questions. Have the audience participate. Tell stories. Do anything besides just sitting back and reading off a list of points as the audience sits there gazing at you, eyes full of boredom.

Learn From the Professionals

You don’t need to be an expert at presenting to deliver an engaging presentation. After all, if you were an expert you wouldn’t be looking for tips. That being said, there are a few professionals out there who have an advantage when presenting to others. They seem to captivate their audiences every time. If you’re able to learn from some of the best speakers out there, identify what they do that makes them successful and mimic those things in your own way, you could see more positive results in your presentations.

To get some new ideas and real-life examplers on great looking presentations, all you need to do is head over to Slideshare to view thousands of presentations like the one below.

As Powtoon says, you need to focus on your presence. However, you can only develop your presence once you know what makes the best speakers and presenters successful. From there, work on conveying your message through storytelling rather than filling your audience’s ear holes with drab statistics and recited information. Whether you’re trying to persuade someone to take action on something or just sell them a product, if your presence and story are lacking, you have no chance.

Tailor to Your Audience

The best presentations are tailored to their audience. As Harvard Business Review points out, the people in the room need to be spoken to according to their experience, ability and general level of intelligence. If you are presenting to a small room of a dozen c-suite executives you’ll undoubtedly have a different approach than if you were going to present to an auditorium of five hundred high school seniors.

On the flip side, if you are simply looking to target towards an online audience, you can simply create content and put it out there for your audience to find. Again, using Slideshare as an example, we can see the slide below targets to the pitching / entrepreneur audience.

Your core message can be the same time and time again, but you need to be sure that your presentation and rhetoric is subtly changed to meet the needs of your audience. The best trick for doing this is to have the majority of your presentation planned out, and then change up the supplementary material within your slides.

For example, using software like LiveSlides allows you to embed video in PowerPoint, so when you go to your next presentation (or find out the audience has changed), you just switch the videos you want to link in. Pop culture and humor can be used for those high school students, and something more industry specific or professional can be inserted when it comes to those executives.

The content and audience is already out there, now you just need to integrate the two to create the ultimate experience.

Tell Them What They Want to Hear

It doesn’t matter what your topic is. People come for information that is exciting, relevant and powerful. Don’t spend too much time trickling in facts and figures the whole night just to build up to something; give them what they want. The whole point of a presentation is to engage others and persuade or inform them of something important. Why would you delay them any longer and make them squirm in their seats? A little buildup of anticipation can be a good thing, but you have to remember the attention span of your target audience. Don’t blow your whole opportunity and get to the point.

Hubspot has always been great at making engaging content that grabs attention. We can see an example of this in their motivational quotes slideshare below. Right away you will notice that each slide has a quote and a picture of the person who said it. This is the perfect amount of text and images for a 20-30 minute speaking presentation, as you can control the flow with your own voice, while not losing the crowd with too many distractions.

Regardless of why you are presenting, where you are presenting, and what you are presenting about, these tips hold true. They are some of the most powerful points that professional speakers use all of the time, and they can all serve you well as you are preparing to ace your next presentation. One thing is certain, you don’t have to be an expert when it comes to conveying information to others. You just need to follow this advice and you’ll have a much easier time at engaging your audience.

Access 40,000+ PowerPoint Presentations at PoweredTemplate

Access 40,000+ PowerPoint Presentations at PoweredTemplate

Powerpoint slides and presentations… love them or hate them, most of us need them.

As entrepreneurs, business owners, coaches, speakers and even bloggers, we often find ourselves in situations where we are going to have to talk to a group or large audience. For times like these, it’s important to have a great set of slides to accompany your verbal skills. The last thing you want to do is open up Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote and start using default slides and images for your next big session.

First impressions count, so it’s important to make sure your slides represent you well!

The good news is that you don’t need to be a graphics designer or have to waste endless hours on creating a custom template for your slides. Sites like PoweredTemplate.com have over 40,000 different slides for you to choose from. Not only does this make your job as a speaker or presenter that much easier, it will also save you a lot of time in the process.

Instant Access to Thousands of Templates and Slides

One of the biggest decisions you are going to have to make when creating slides for your next presentation or meeting, it choosing a template that matches the feel of your message. If you are going to try and accomplish this with the default templates inside PowerPoint, good luck!

This process becomes a whole lot easier when using a site like PoweredTemplate, as you can search for relevant templates based off category, color, popularity and much more. Right when you hit the main page of PoweredTemplate.com, you will notice that they have a lot more to offer than just templates and slides. However, that’s what we are going to be focusing in on this article.

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Once you click over to the PowerPoint templates section, you will notice that there are a wide range of existing templates to choose from — specifically their regular PowerPoint templates, Diagrams & Charts, Word templates and also Brochure based templates. This is perfect for anyone who might already have a large brand or business and is looking to create multiple presentations or provide handheld copies for their audience as well.

Just like when you choose an existing template from PowerPoint or Keynote, the slides available through PoweredTemplate come with a “master” slide and also a variation of internal slides which can be used in any order you like. The benefit here is that you will be able to have different templates for text, bullet points, images and video content, but will also have a consistent theme throughout your presentation.

After clicking on any of the slides available through PoweredTemplate, you will then be sent to the individual slide details page like the one below. Included on this page are screenshots of the master slide and any additional slides found within the set.

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Under the “Template Features” section you will also see page/background sizes, file format for downloading and working versions of software for this individual template. You also won’t need to reformat or mess around with any of these templates, as you only need to download the file and open it within your preferred slide editor.

Implementing Diagrams and Charts into Your Slides

In addition to finding the perfect slide template, you will also have the opportunity to look through an extensive collection of PowerPoint diagrams as well. For anyone that has ever needed to include charts or rich-data into their presentations, you will greatly appreciate the customizable charts and diagrams PoweredTemplate has to offer — again, all fully sortable based on popularity, amount of downloads, and category.

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In the screenshot above you will see some of the latest diagram and chart PowerPoint slides added to the marketplace. Each of them are unique in their own way and also come with up to 40 different unique slides.

When you factor in the amount of time it would take you to create your own charts and diagrams from scratch, a low price of just $36-$38 per slide seems like nothing.

How Much Does PoweredTemplate Cost?

Once you find a slide template you are happy with, you will then have the decision of how you want to pay for it. Each individual slide set has their own price, which is perfect if you are doing a one-time presentation and likely won’t be doing any more of them. However, if you are a brand or business that continually finds itself needing to provide reports and presentations for different audiences, joining PoweredTemplate.com on their subscription plan might be your best bet.

With this option you can subscribe on a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription and have access to a wide range of templates for download. As mentioned earlier, the cost of one template is in the $30 to $40 range, yet the cost of a “Silver Membership” for one-month is only $49 — which gives you access to 10 template downloads per month. This seems kinda like a no-brainer to go with in almost all scenarios.

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The biggest takeaway here is that you have a lot of options before you. Never settle for default PowerPoint slides and templates, as this is what your audience is going to be looking at for 30-60 minutes while you are speaking to them. Keep them alive, focused and engaged with your content by offering customized presentation templates from PoweredTemplate.com.