PowerPoint: Tips for the right seminar presentation

If you design your study presentation with PowerPoint, you have to coordinate the topic, the visual elements and the spoken word in order to score.

A presentation is an important part of the overall performance in many seminars. The point is that students prove their ability to independently work on a topic and to present their results.

Unless this is done via a “handout” or a classic overhead projector, the image thrown on the wall from the notebook is the first choice.

As a standard for the presentation of texts, images, audio and video files, PowerPoint has established itself from the Office package from Microsoft: Organizing charts, bullet points and other information can be put together here with just a few clicks and inputs.

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The large selection of patterns and graphic design elements ensures that an individual adaptation to the style of the speaker can be made. Nevertheless, many presentations prove to be insufficient – not only because of the recurring stage fright, but also because it comes to understanding difficulties. Those who want to deliver a convincing presentation should consider the following:

Important is the exact knowledge of the topic. Even the best graphic design will not hide the lack of knowledge.

The focus of the presentation (and the part that is more strongly evaluated by the lecturer) is the speech.

The individual slides of the presentation should not one by one reflect the text of the speech, but provide additional information for illustration. This can be a statistic, an apt quote, or a caricature that clarifies relationships.

Even overloading the presentations is counterproductive: While the listeners listen to the lecture, little attention is paid to reading longer texts along the way.

A variation could be to write a part of the presentation in the form of keywords and then pick them up in the lecture and freely design. This is perceived as more active and alive than just reading a manuscript.

If you want, you can also include professionals who take over certain elements of the presentation – the creation of the slides or the entire lecture.