A presentation is created using Microsoft PowerPoint software. It is a collection of individual slides that contain information on a topic by the presenter. Generally, a PowerPoint presentation begins with a title slide that may contain the name or the topic of the presentation. The title slide is followed by content slides containing information usually in the form of text and sometimes graphics. At the present time, a PowerPoint presentation has become a valuable marketing tool for businesses.
Here, we have collected 10 of the most common mistakes in short that speakers make in the presentation. By avoiding these, you can make your presentations stand out.
10 Common Mistakes in PowerPoint Presentation
1. Starting by looking at the Screen
One of the most annoying, unprofessional things is starting at the screen. Never assume that having all your content on the slides means you don’t have to practice. You should not read the content to the audience by looking at the screen.
2. Standing in front of the screen
The problem with standing in front of the screen is, your face will turn blue and start to glow, which is a bit creepy. Hence, the presenter should not stand in front of the screen, the audience may find it disturbing.
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3. Bad contrast in Text and Background
One should not use dark-colored text on dark backgrounds or vice versa. The more visual contrast, the more enjoyable the slides will be. If you do white on black, you’ll need to increase your font size a bit. And use color elsewhere. After all, pretty much every book you’ve ever read uses white paper and black ink. In that case, PowerPoint should be no different.
4. Don’t do animation stuff just because you can
Creativity is a good thing. But making your text boxes swirl and dance on the screen isn’t creative. There are times when you may want to create a really cool visual effect. Your presentation may be benefited from the occasional fade-in/fade-out function.
5. Using cheap clip art
The problem with clip art isn’t so much about the cutesy and tacky aura that it emits. The real problem is that presentations often use cheap clipart to make their presentation more visual without having any real purpose for each image.
6. Using weird fronts
PowerPoint presentations are not the place to use crazy fonts. When you use text, it should be immediately legible. Century Gothic is lovely. So is Coolvetica or Arial or any other simple sans serif font. But please, don’t be using Chiller, Curlz MT, or Rage Italic.
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7. Don’t use a bad color scheme
If you’re not good with colors, just use black and white. There’s no shame in that. But when you use color, you need to keep your color scheme to about three or four colors and two might even be better. Also, Keep it simple and avoid clashing colors.
And don’t use holiday color schemes—green and red; orange and black; purple and yellow; red, white, and blue—as long as you change their saturation and add in a third/fourth color that isn’t part of the holiday.
8. Too many or too few images
Too many images can be overwhelming to your audience, but it can also distract your audience from your message, Keeping the right balance of pictures or graphs can be more effective than words alone. Otherwise, too few images can lead to miscommunication and overall loss of attention among your audiences.
9. Leaving the presentation to show something else
Sometimes, presenters want to show the audience a video halfway through the presentation instead of adding it to the presentation and going somewhere else to show it. This is a huge distraction and creates the risk of technical errors.
10. Using irrelevant/Distracting sounds
Adding sounds to the background of your presentation is simply distracting and will draw your audience’s attention away from you. All sounds should be avoided to keep your presentation quiet.
There are many things you need to be aware of when creating your PowerPoint presentation and many mistakes that can be easily avoided. With crystal clear and engaging presentations, you can proactively communicate to the highest possible standard in your meeting.
Contributor: Monowara Parvin | Studies Mawlana Bhashani Science & Technology University, Bangladesh.