Computer-aided presentations entails a systematic approach of delivering information through the use of a computer as a central feature to foster understanding among the audience. Within the contemporary society and in particular education, Computer-aided presentations have turned out to be an effective tool in both academic and professional success (Tolbert Jr, 2015). For an effective computer-aided presentation to be attained, there are several elements that out to be taken under consideration. Some of these elements comprise of planning, designing, preparing and delivering (Bariham et al. 2019). Computer aided presentations is a very powerful tool in delivery information especially within professional settings. However, if they are not properly planned and used, they can turn out to be a distraction from the general message and content that should be presented. This paper takes an in-depth analysis of the different steps and techniques that are required to ensure that successful computer aided presentation is attained.
Computer-aided presentations planning techniques
In the course of planning a computer aided presentation, it is important to limit the scope of the content to only key points with one major themes. Also, it is good to focus only on the main points while identifying how the presentation will be structured. Additionally, when planning a presentation, it is integral to take into consideration the environment in which the presentation will take place. This aspect entails taking into consideration the audience in terms of their demographics, language and most importantly culture. It is also good to establish their level of education and understanding of the subject under presentation. Also, the content should be planned in a manner that it will facilitate interaction with the audience to ensure that the people attending the presentation are active participants (Tolbert Jr, 2015). Moreover, during the presentation stage, it is critical to first carry out enough research regarding the presentation to establish quality content. When all the materials have been gathered and organized, it is imperative to carry out a trial to assess the effectiveness of the information. At this stage, it is crucial to identify the loops within the presentation and making required corrections before the day of the presentation (Bariham et al. 2019).
Essential techniques for designing presentations
The design of the presentation relies on the method of presentation that was chosen during the planning stage. When designing, these are several essential techniques required to make the design of a presentation effective. One of the key things to consider when designing is the perception of the audience. Many people do not like reading so much during a presentation. Also, the audience is not likely to be happy when the presenter reads a lot. Therefore, the design should use more visuals and less text (Schindler et al. 2017). This does not only make the presentation appealing to the audience but also allows the presenter to have enough time to explain concepts. The text used should be big enough to be seen but not too big to make the design unappealing.
The information on the presentation should also be designed in a manner that it flows systematically. Therefore, it is important to create an outline in the design that flows effectively. When designing, it is critical to have questions in mind regarding the types of visuals and colors to be used. This will influence how the audience perceives the message. Also, it is imperative to take not of the spacing and ensure that unwanted space is removed or covered so that the presentation does not distract the audience from the intended message that it is supposed to pass (Tolbert Jr, 2015).
Effective presentation delivery techniques
During the actual presentation, how the information is delivered matters a lot. One of the most effective things to consider is taking into consideration the needs, size, demographic representation and level of education of the audience. These facets form the basis of how the information will be consumed. Also, it is important to deliver the information in a systematic way. The most effective way is following the outline step by step starting from broad topics while narrowing down to finer points. It is also essential during presentation delivery to connect with the audience and show passion for the subject under presentation. Often, questions should be used to engage the audience in an effort to ensure that they are active participants (Schindler et al. 2017).
Appropriate use of the discussed techniques during planning, designing and delivering will most likely result to an effective computer-aided presentation. The planning stage should be done early enough since it forms the foundation of the actual delivery. On the other hand, emphasis and creativity should be put during the designing phase to ensure that the presentation is appealing.
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