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In this course, author David Diskin lays out a practical framework for building and delivering business presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, and covers tips and tricks for controlling elements in slide decks. This course demonstrates how to engage an audience, present data in meaningful ways, incorporate gestures, and manage question-and-answer sessions. The course also includes tips on creating photo slide shows and utilizing keyboard and mouse tricks.
The next tip I wanted to share is going to be a snap. We'll adjust the transition between our slides in the presentation. Not having any transition at all is abrupt and jarring to an audience. Take a look at how this appears. The animation helps some but the instant movement from one slide to the next doesn't look very professional. In just a few clicks, we'll modify the entire presentation to have a nice, subtle transition that eases the switch from one slide to the next.
Let's access the Transitions tab. Here I have a number of different kinds of transitions. Fade, Push, Wipe, Uncover, and more. In fact, if I click the down arrow or the Chevron, I can see there's actually quite a few. We want to apply a subtle transition that doesn't distract our audience. Some of my favorites are Fade, Push, and Wipe. For something a little bit more modern, I've been using Gallery.
The other choices are fun to try out but most just don't convey the level of professionalism that you want. Once you've selected your transition, don't forget to adjust the Duration. Some transitions take too long, in my opinion, and need to be sped up a bit. We'll change this one from 1.6 seconds down to just 0.75. Let's hit Preview and see how fast that is. Much better. Finally, we need to apply the transition and duration to every slide in our presentation.
We'll click Apply To All to make that happen. If we forget this step, only the current slide is affected. Now, when I play the slideshow-- I'll hit the shortcut key F5-- I can test out my transitions in full screen exactly as the audience would see them. With a subtle transition like this, it will keep the audience's attention on me without distracting them as the slide changes.
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