Sunday, May 1, 2016

6 Steps to Turn Your PowerPoint Into a Powerful Video Blog

If you’ve ever attended a live presentation, then you know PowerPoint slides can be very powerful, or really boring. But if you want to have a truly great presentation online, you'll need to learn how to make your PowerPoint video blog both engaging and entertaining, as well as informative. It’s not hard if you keep these steps in mind.

1) Have a Story to Tell

Everyone loves a good story, and your blog’s audience is no exception. When creating a PowerPoint presentation you plan to use in video, be sure it tells a story complete with a beginning, middle and end. If it doesn't, your audience will fast become bored and lose the point. No matter what you're teaching, chances are there is a solid story behind it. Find your story, and you won’t have to worry about boring your audience.

2) Use Images and Text Sparingly

Don't just do an old fashioned PowerPoint with tons of bullets, silly clip art, and blocks of text. Remember, your PowerPoint is there to enhance your presentation, not to be the entirety of it. Every word and image must serve its purpose, not just take up space.

3) Less is More

Letting each slide have only one point will go far in getting your message across. When it comes to PowerPoint presentation, less is always more. No one can read all those bullet points and pay attention to what you're saying during the presentation. Keep in mind that images, less text, the right font, and charts will help the viewer understand your story better.

4) Use Quotes

Try using famous quotes to get each of your points started. They'll jog your memory but also intrigue your audience.  A good quote can get you started on your point and even make your point for you. If all they remember when they watch your presentation is the quotes, they'll retain a lot more than normal.

5) Limit Fancy Effects

Flashy transitions, text that bounces onto the screen, and other eye-catching effects have their place, but too much will only distract your audience. Limit their use to those places where you really need the emphasis. In addition, mixing and matching effects will lead to a chaotic-looking presentation, so be consistent in your choices.

6) Practice, Practice, Practice
You don't need to be perfect, but practicing ensures that the sound and appearance of your PowerPoint video is understandable and as professional as possible. If you use the right tools, such as PowerPoint with Camtasia add-ons you'll be able to make excellent, professional PowerPoint videos.

Finally, try using PowerPoint as a starting point, then combine other technology to help you make your video more interesting. For example, it's easy to use green screen technology to put your image inside your PowerPoint slide. You can also use a huge TV screen as your monitor while standing beside the presentation. You'll need to have the right kind of camera settings in order to record the screen correctly, but the results can be fantastic.