When it comes to giving a presentation, preparation is half the battle. How many times have you sat through a presentation where the speaker merely read off the slides, because he or she wasn't comfortable with the material? Chances are, you don't remember much about that presentation.
With a little bit of planning, you can avoid this pitfall the next time it's your turn at the podium or at the head of the meeting table. Janet C. Arrowood, training expert, teaches you great strategies to prevent you from reading off your slides — one of the two major presentation mistakes that she advises speakers to avoid.
Knowing your way around Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 gives you another advantage on presentation day. Did you know that PowerPoint offers you many ways to deliver your presentation, including on the screen, online, as overhead transparencies, as paper printouts, and even as 35mm slides? Choosing the right format for your audience can really reinforce your message. Templates also provide you a quick way to put down your thoughts on slides. PowerPoint includes a handy presentation template that offers a uniform design theme, and a quick-start platform for your ideas.
By using the following information, you'll face your next presentation with confidence.