PowerPoint slides are a great way to distribute content. With a little practice, you can quickly create dynamic slide presentations to add to your own blog/web site or to upload to sites such as SlideShare.net.
As always, the goal with repurposing content is to expand your reach online. (I’m an avid reader, so it took me a while to accept that most people prefer more interactive forms of content!) This brief video offers a few pointers on how you can create visually appealing and interesting presentations with this powerful software program:
The main take-away message from this video is that PowerPoint slide presentations are just another delivery method for your content. Therefore, don’t allow your message to get lost in all the bells and whistles the program has to offer.
In other words, always keep your target audience (and the action you would like them to take) in mind while creating your presentations.
Also, when adding images, transitions or animations, remember to keep it simple. Just because you have dozens or hundreds of options doesn’t mean you need to use them all in a single presentation! One strong visual element repeated throughout is a much better design choice than a jumble of random visual cues and movement.
Again, whatever you add to your presentation should enhance your message, rather than detract from it.
Of course, this video barely scratches the surface of what you can do with PowerPoint slide presentations. For more detailed information, I use (and highly recommend) PowerPoint 2007 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies.This handy desk reference is actually 7 books in 1 – so it covers pretty much everything you can imagine on this topic.