It’s always a good idea to make your PowerPoint interactive. A full slide can be overbearing, so we suggest adding animation that you can control with a remote. Each bullet point should only be shown right before you begin talking about it.
Animation can be used for a variety of reasons: to show importance, to show a transition in the presentation (switching to a new topic or taking a different view point, for example) or for entertainment.
With all that being said, it’s important to not add too much animation. The entrance and exit animations that are label as “Exciting” under PowerPoint’s animation, are often too distracting for a professional presentation. We suggest keeping your animation basic.
It’s also important to have your animation be fairly quick as nothing is more annoying to an audience than having to wait. The animation should not be the focal point of your presentation. So make sure the animation will not be distracting to the audience.
While it might be tempting to add sound effects to your animation, it can be very distracting to your audience. Instead of using sound to enhance a point you are trying to make, we suggest highlighting the points you are making.
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