Join David Diskin for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying a transition, part of PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations.
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.
- Adding whitespace
- Applying transitions
- Using photographs, colors, and fonts
- Incorporating diagrams and SmartArt
- Customizing layouts and templates
- Animating bullets, photos, and other objects
- Inserting music and audio
- Utilizing speaker's notes and the Presenter view
- Creating handouts
- Planning the program
- Dealing with distractions
- Setting up and tearing down
Skill Level Intermediate
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