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Sharp tools make good work 2015-05-17 09:31:54
Walking in my footstep of this article, you will find a way to the Paradise of PowerPoint. According to the statistics from unofficial sources, they show that the scariest thing of most people is that when you are asked to do a short presentation or a briefing. As the saying goes, “Sharp tools make good work.” In old days, people delivered a speech only by their glib tongues, such as Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler. On the contrary, in modern times, there are a wide variety of tools which the general public can access without any effort due to the highly developed technology. As far as I’m concerned, a good briefing depends on the speaker has a way with words, and as icing on the cake, making several amazing PowerPoint slides.

Because I am an officer of Personnel Office of Bureau of Education, speech and presentation at work as a function of demands. It’s not too much to say that good PowerPoint slides would do me a great favor, therefore, my situation is a case in point to illuminate the importance of PowerPoint. Hopping the memory journey, there is no doubt that I have a difficult time doing briefing and making PowerPoint slides. As the proverb goes, “Being challenged in life is inevitable; being defeated is optional.” Owing to this reason, I attended a PowerPoint course given by Civil Service Department Institute of Tainan City Government. After a couple of classes of practice, I learned a lot of concepts and skills about PowerPoint from this wonderful course. When it comes to a good presentation, there are some simple tips listed below to shed light on how to make a decent PowerPoint.

To start with, don’t put every word you are going to say on your PowerPoint slides. Needless to say, text of a speech will help the speaker to memorize his or her talk. However, this makes your slides crowded, wordy and boring. Frankly speaking, your audience can read the text quicker than you speak it. In short, with the information explosion era, people have received too much multifarious message. Don’t beat around the bush. To explain, put some useful information on your PowerPoint slides and make your point clear. For example, key words, bullet points, the same font, and so on. Besides, you should check your font size and don’t let them moving or blinking. Noise will distract the attention of your audience. Speaking of the content of the presentation, combined with some jokes or funny stories can make your speech more interesting. Your sense of humor is one of the useful skills that can add into the PowerPoint slides.

Next to go will be, trying to make your PowerPoint animations valuable. With the advance of cutting-edge technology, there are many animation effects that we could choose. But too many animations on your PowerPoint slides which is like bringing owls to Athens. In the end, your animations will become pointless motion. To rephrase it, animations of your slides as they need to be in order to effectively communicate your ideas. Let's get straight to the point, all animations must be related to your subject of the presentation. On the other hand, don’t put the cart before the horse. Don’t choose any animation effect because it’s cool or fantastic, avoid it if it becomes the incorrect message of your speech. In other words, it’s an ill wind that blows nobody good.

Last but not least, you should simplify your charts of your slides as well. Undoubtedly, comparing data in a chart is a good way to show your main purpose. Unfortunately, in the meantime, you may confuse the audience by the complicated charts. Specifically, all charts should be precise and easy to understand. To put it another way, our goal of charts must always be simple but better. Most important of all, you should choose the color of your slides wisely. All in all, anyone who can pick the color perfectly will get an extra bonus for the game of briefing. That is to say, right color must be put priority over in the genesis of the PowerPoint work. Thus, the PowerPoint slides must be painted as a picture of “Paradise”.

According to the aforementioned, I believe my opinion is built on a solid foundation. Namely, a good PowerPoint work is composed of skills and art. As the saying is, “A stitch in time saves nine.” Nowadays, the ability of a public servant to use PowerPoint is necessary. However, quality is better than quantity. “Less is more” was the most important creed which I learned from the PowerPoint course. To clarify, we hope that our PowerPoint slides can help our audience to receive correct information. As good and important it is, we should make every endeavor to improve our PowerPoint skills from now on. In a nutshell, so what one is looking forward to obtaining depends on how much one strides for accomplishing a matter.