PowerPoint Tools and Backgrounds
Giving a presentation is a huge responsibility. After all, only you can prevent death by PowerPoint for your audience. Thankfully, several tips, tools, and other resources can help you take your slides up a notch and make them more professional and captivating. We’re focusing on PowerPoint simply because that’s the most widely used business presentation software, but many of the other principles and tricks here apply to other presentation apps.
PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or “slides.” The “slide” analogy is a reference to the slide projector. A better analogy would be the “foils” (or transparencies/plastic sheets) that are shown with an overhead projector, although they are in decline now. Slides may contain text, graphics, sound, movies, and other objects, which may be arranged freely. The presentation can be printed, displayed live on a computer, or navigated through at the command of the presenter.