A presentation program is a software program that helps create a slideshow that addresses a topic. Presentation programs can be used in businesses and schools for discussing a topic or for teaching. Often, the presenter uses a projector to project the slideshow up on to screen that everyone can see. Below is an example of Microsoft PowerPoint, a commonly used program that creates presentations.
Once created, a person or group of people stand in front of other people and present the presentation. Presentations are shown one slide at a time, to explain the slides topic and then moving to the next slide until all are shown. For example, in a business presentation a co-worker may go through slides that illustrate how well the company is doing, its profits, sales, and other important information.
Examples of presentation programs
Below is a short list of popular presentation programs available today.
Tips on presentations
- Follow the Guy Kawasaki "10-20-30 rule." Presentations should be no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes, and have text no smaller than 30-point font.
- Keep text simple with the "6 by 6 rule," which is six lines of text with six words per line.
- Keep the text sparse and include pictures. There is a reason people say a picture is worth a thousand words.
- Don't read the slides. Your slides should remind you of your talk and allow your audience to see only the important facts.
- Prepare and arrive early to set up so your audience does not have to wait or watch you troubleshoot problems.
- Always look into the audience and not only the slides, keep a steady pace when speaking, and speak loud and clearly so everyone in the room can hear you.
- Do not use bright or flashy colors in an attempt to keep peoples attention. Use pastel colors as the backgrounds with a dark font.
- Enjoy yourself. If you are not having fun or making the slide show entertaining, no one else is going to enjoy your presentation.