Powerpoint Tip: Stop Following Orders
Did you know that Powerpoint turns 20 this year!
The creators Dennis Austin & Robert Gaskins both readily admit that there are tons and tons of BAD Powerpoint presentations and users.
The original intent of Powerpoint was to use it as a SUPPORTIVE tool to your presentation, not to bore the audience to death by dragging them through an entire detailed presentation — even when the content on the next couple of slides are irrelevant or already covered or just plain moot now based on the discussion in the room.
One of my best and most used tips is something that helps keep presentations alive and focused on the information you want to deliver to the audience in real time — the ability to jump to specific slides within a presentation ON DEMAND, AT WILL. Everyone I’ve shared this with found it incredibly useful and you could see a smirk reveal iteself when they started to imagine how useful it would be in a live powerpoint presentation.
It’s so simple, yet you’d think only powerusers and Powerpoint Magicians would have these super powers. Here’s how. . .
HOW TO DISPLAY ANY SLIDE IN A GIVEN POWERPOINT PRESENTATION OUT OF ORDER ON DEMAND
- You can start your Powerpoint Presentation at anytime from the beginning with the F5 key
- While in the Live Presentation Mode, simply enter a SLIDE NUMBER and hit ENTER
- The presentation will skip to that slide immediately – even if it’s marked as “hidden” in the slide sorter view
- You can go back to using the arrow keys to page through the presentation at any time, or keep using slide number to go to any slide you want
- One tip is to have a printout of the entire presentation in “handout” layouts with 6 or 9 slides on every page and then simply have each slide numbered so that you can easily find the corresponding number to enter during the presentation
BONUS ESSISTME TIP: If you get stuck or something happens during your presentation, make sure to include a “EMERGENCY” placeholder slide in your file and just jump to it while you fix things, gather your thoughts or simply take a breath.