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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.
And the last tip of the chapter is for when you're ready for the big show. For just a second, let's take a look at what happens from the audience's perspective, if they can see my screen. Assuming my projector is turned on, you are going to see me double-click on the slide show, then fumble around for the Slide Show tab, and finally click From Beginning. During that process, the audience can see my slide thumbnails or at least the first couple, and my slide notes. It's not too professional and it gives away my big introduction.
So let's improve this. I am going to back up a bit to the point where we opened our PowerPoint file. Let's close PowerPoint. Rather than double-clicking, I am going to right-click on the file. Here's the menu that Windows gives me. One of these choices is Show and that's the one I'll select. PowerPoint launches right under the show and I look like a professional. When the slideshow finishes, I get the traditional black screen. Another key press closes PowerPoint and returns me to the Desktop.
With presentations, it's often the little touches like this that make a big impact on how your audience perceives you. That quick tip not only saves time but it shows that you're on top of your game.
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