PowerPoint presentations are an accessible, user-friendly method for sharing information with your audience. They're useful visual tools that support the message of your speech or presentation. While many people understand the basics of creating and sharing a PowerPoint, here are some best practices for making the most out of the application. We'll cover tips and tricks for both Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote.
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Our most popular blog post in the last year is one that we posted back in February of 2016 about how to use video in your PowerPoint presentation. This post still gets the most views on our blog each month.
Since this seems to be a popular subject, we decided to create a new post with some tips and tricks for using PowerPoint in your business presentation. These tips will improve the experience for your on-site audience even if you are not recording the presentation.
These tips are all based on PowerPoint 2013 and newer.
1. Set your slides up as 16:9 rather than 4:3
This is the first thing you should do whenever you use PowerPoint. Having your slides set up as 16:9 gives you more space to use for your content than if you choose to use 4:3 slides. It also allows you to insert widescreen HD videos and have them play full screen in the slide rather than shrunk down and letterboxed.
We record and edit a lot of business and training presentation videos, and we often see presenters struggling with getting videos to play correctly in their PowerPoint slides. Here's how you should set up your PowerPoint presentation in order to play video.