We've all been there: stuck in a presentation where the presenter has clearly not thought about his or her slide deck as a tool to engage the audience. Maybe the slides are all text and the presenter is simply reading from the slide deck. Maybe the presentation lacks visual appeal or audience participation. However, presentations do NOT have to be this way! Check out the five tips below to help you become a Google Slides super hero and never create a boring slide deck again!
1. Get an eye-popping theme from SlidesCarnival
Super heroes know that the first tip to creating an engaging slide deck is to have a visually appealing theme. Google Slides offers a few presentation themes for users to add a pop of color and specified fonts to their presentations, but if you want to kick your presentation up a notch, try adding a theme fromSlidesCarnival.com. Slides Carnival creates and shares free presentation templates. To use one of the presentation templates, simple click the Use this template and make a copy of it. After copying a template, add your own text and images. All Slides Carnival asks is that you leave the credits slide at the end of your presentation.
Tip from a Super Hero: Instead of visiting Slides Carnival each time you need to make a presentation, save your favorite templates to a folder in your Drive and copy a template when you need to use it.
2. Research in Slides with the Explore button.
Conducting research and grabbing images for a presentation can cause a lot of headaches when you are navigating between web pages, Google documents, and images. Google Slides helps super heroes cut down on all of that multi-tasking with the Explore button. Explore gives users the super powers of Google search, Google Drive, and a slide designer all in one little button. Click the diamond in the bottom-right corner of the screen in Slides to pull up a research tool to search the web, search for images, or search for files in your Drive. When the Explore button turns gold, Google will automatically create and suggest layouts based on the elements on your slide.
3. Edit images in Google Slides
Visuals are an important part of any presentation. After all, participants can't read the words on your screen AND listen to the words you are saying. Super heroes use Google Slides to do some pretty cool image editing right in the slide deck. Users can crop images, adjust transparency, and more all right on a slide! Check out the YouTube video below for a how-to.
4. Grab audience attention with animated GIFs
Super heroes seamlessly weave analogies, examples, and bits of pop culture into their presentations to develop a rapport with the audience. What better way to do that with an audience than to embed an animated GIF into your slide deck?
To insert an animated GIF into your slide deck, first do a quick Google search for the GIF you want. Click VIEW IMAGE, then copy the GIF's url. Head back to your slide deck and click Insert Image, then select BY URL. Paste the GIF's URL and click Select. Finally, admire your GIF in all of its animated glory.
Tip from a super hero: Create an animated GIF to embed in your slide deck using your own images on giphy.com.
5. Get input from participants with Audience Q&A
Some super heroes know how to read minds, but those who don't know that there are people in the room who have questions but aren't willing to raise their hands and ask Google understands that everyone in a room doesn't want to raise their hand in the middle of a presentation. To help cater to both the extroverts and introverts in the audience, Google has created Audience Q&A to allow participants to type out questions for the presenter to see and other participants to vote questions up or down so the presenter can use their super power to know what question to answer first.
To activate the Audience Q&A feature, click the arrow to the right of the present button at the top of the screen and click PRESENTER VIEW and then click START NEW. Participants will see a gool.gl short link at the top of the screen where they can go to ask and view questions.
There you have it: 5 tips that Google Slides Super Heroes use to engage their audience during a presentation. Take these tips, practice them, and then implement them in your next presentation so that YOU can become a Google Slides Super Hero, too.
How else do you engage your audience when delivering a presentation with a slide deck? Sound off in the comments below!
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