The Five Minute Business Presentation Ideas

Most of us feel that making a five minute Powerpoint presentation is like putting an elephant into a small refrigerator. It is just a metaphoric example to express how difficult to cut-sized your product launching report as your product has several important features. It is extremely a challenge to make your audiences listen to your product promotion within given short period of time.

Why it has to be done within five minutes?

No other reasons. If your product is good, it can only take few minutes to mention. It is like TV and radio advertisements – the delivery of the main messages counts, not the total amount of the presentation slides.

How to make a slide that can promote your product fast and simple?

For instance, let’s say we want to promote various of associated computer mouse products.

In the beginning, you need to have high resolution pictures of the computer mouse products. Avoid using low resolution pictures as your audiences will not able to see your products clearly even though it is within viewing distance.

Creatively align these pictures on your slides. You do not have to enlarge these pictures on one slide. It is possible for you to include several pictures on your slides. For better view, include three to four pictures on your slide. After adding pictures into your slide, start using simple effects on these pictures. In this case, choose “Grow/Shrink” for “Emphasis” custom animation. This particular animation will enlarge each of the picture within customizable sizes. In this example, once you click on the slide, the picture will enlarge by 400%. Once the picture is enlarged, you can take this opportunity to elaborate your product during the actual presentation.

Since you have added all pictures with custom animations, you need to make it disappear after you need to proceed with the other picture. Basically you need to create “Now-You-See-It-Now-You-Don’t” picture appearance for your audiences. Take note that no text-contents are included in this slide. Within the custom animation task panel, earlier you will see the “Grow/Shrink” effect that you have added earlier. Add “Exit” effects on the selected pictures and choose “Box” exiting effect.

Finally, manually arrange the sequences of selected effects earlier (“Grow/Shrink” and “Box”) in order to create an “Now-You-See-It-Now-You-Don’t” picture appearance. Now, you are ready to fascinate your audiences with your new product launching.

40th Birthday Presents – Finding the Perfect Gift

Turning 40 can be a great reason for a birthday celebration – its a nice milestone, still plenty of life left, but old enough not to make the mistakes of youth. For someone buying a 40th birthday gift, it can be a nightmare age to buy for. Most milestones are easy to buy for – if you know someone turning 50 or 60, then you probably have a good idea what they would like as a birthday present, but people often struggle for present ideas for someone turning 40. Here are a few suggestions – not all of these suggestions will work for every 40 year old, however, there is bound to be a 40th birthday present idea here that is just perfect.

A Blast From The Past

Things change a lot in 40 years. For someone turning 40, perhaps its a great time to remind them of the ‘good ol’ days’. A lot of stores are starting to introduce ‘retro’ ranges, and there is bound to be something from the recipients earlier years that they are fond of. Perhaps its a children’s tv program from when they were young, or a band they were into as a teen. Whatever it is, a piece of nostalgia is often a great present.

Humour

Whenever someone reaches a milestone birthday, there is always room for a ‘getting old’ joke, and 40th birthdays are no different. This only really works if you are younger than the person turning 40, but as long as it is good natured, then an ‘over the hill’ gift can be a great gift for someone you know well.

Try Something New

It is often said that ‘you are never too old to try something different’, so prove that point with an experience gift. You will have to make sure it is something that is at least similar to their interests, but there is plenty of room for a track day,  a spa day or a climbing weekend as a great 40th gift idea.

Something As Old As They Are

Another popular birthday present is something as old as the recipient. There are plenty of 40 year old whiskeys, brandies and wines out there, which would make a great 40th birthday present for someone who enjoys the odd tipple. Alternatively, how about a match day program from their favourite sports team from the day they were born?

There is no reason why buying 40th birthday presents should be a difficult thing to do. There are a wide range of ideas available, and I am confident you will be able to find the ideal 40th birthday gift, no matter who you are buying for.

What Annoys Audiences About PowerPoint Presentations?

When you prepare to deliver your next PowerPoint presentation, your audience should be first on your list of considerations. Unfortunately, too many presenters annoy their audiences. An online survey of 688 people who regularly see PowerPoint presentations revealed the following top annoyances (item and what percentage of the respondents cited that item as one of their top three annoyances):

The speaker read the slides to us 62.0%

Text so small I couldn’t read it 46.9%

Slides hard to see because of color choice 42.6%

Full sentences instead of bullet points 39.1%

Moving/flying text or graphics 24.8%

Overly complex diagrams or charts 22.2%

The top four annoying mistakes are the same as a similar survey done in 2003, suggesting that presenters are not getting much better at presenting clear information in an appealing manner.

The survey also asked for written comments in addition to the ranking and 415 people wrote in with additional ideas. The comments covered a wide range, but most common were three areas:

1. Delivery of PowerPoint Presentations

Many audience members wrote to comment on how the delivery of the PowerPoint presentation was a big problem. The areas of greatest concern were:

a) The use of PowerPoint when another communication method would have been better. Too many times it seems that PowerPoint is the default communication method and people have forgotten that a simple memo or one-on-one conversation would be much better.

b) The presenter is not familiar with how to deliver the presentation using the equipment. Comments cited the lack of knowledge of many presenters on how to smoothly start a presentation and keep the flow going during the presentation when using PowerPoint.

c) The presenter is not prepared to add to what the slides say. This seems to be caused by the presenter not knowing the topic well enough, or the mistaken use of PowerPoint as a teleprompter where the speech is read to the audience (echoing the top annoyance in the ranking).

2. Poor Slide Design

Even when the presenter is prepared and knowledgeable, poor design of the slides causes confusion among audience members. They focused on these areas as the ones of most concern:

a) Poor selection of colors and fonts make the slides hard to see. While a computer has the ability to produce millions of colors and hundreds of fonts, not all of them should be used together. Colors must have enough contrast to be seen and fonts need to be clear and simple in order to be read when projected. If the audience can’t figure out what is being projected, the visuals are of no use.

b) Misuse of the Slide Master and Slide Layout leads to inconsistent appearance of slides during the presentation. Audiences are looking for consistency during the presentation in the look and basic layout of the slides. This makes it easier to follow the presentation. Too often they are guessing as to what the next slide will look like and forced to search on every slide for the relevant ideas.

c) Backgrounds should be clean and not distracting. Audiences find backgrounds that contain numerous graphics, symbols and text distract from the information that is supposed to be central to the slide. They also commented on how stark black on white slides are too bright and need some simple color and design to make them appealing.

3. Overuse of PowerPoint’s features

Each version of PowerPoint seems to contain more and more features designed to make it easier to add flashy graphics, animation and multimedia to presentations. And too many presenters think that just because the feature is there, they should be using it. Audiences were clear that use of animation to entertain instead of inform or adding multimedia audio or video segments to show off the presenters talents were unnecessary and certainly took away from the message being presented.

Millions of Dollars Wasted on Annoying Audiences Each Year
The respondents to the survey were also asked how many presentations they see and how prevalent these annoying mistakes were.. Just over half of the respondents (54%) see 100 or more presentations per year, making them well qualified to identify how often these problems occur. And the news from this group of frequent presentation audience members is not good. One third of this group said that more than half of the presentations they see suffer from these annoying items and another third of this group said at least one in four presentations have annoying elements. This suggests that a significant percentage of the estimated 30 million PowerPoint presentations done each day fall in to the annoying category. An annoying presentation wastes the time of the people attending and causes enormous rework as ideas are not clearly communicated. This wasted time adds up to tens of millions of dollars each year. And this is money that can be saved by creating and delivering better PowerPoint presentations.

What Can Be Done?

Presenters need to focus on three things that will help them communicate more clearly when using PowerPoint:

1. Prepare a simple slide design with contrasting colors and clear fonts. Use a similar layout for each slide so that the presentation is consistent in appearance for the audience.

2. Simplify the content of your slides. Use less text, more graphics and try to do less on each slide. Keep the slides focused and the audience will be able to follow your message much better.

3. Prepare yourself for the presentation. Learn how to use the equipment and know your subject well enough that you presentation becomes a conversation with the audience instead of reciting a speech.

If you keep the audience as the central focus of your presentation, with a goal to clearly communicate with them, you can greatly improve your PowerPoint presentations.