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Effective Presentations Types of Presentations Presentations are used to summarize, defend, or argue important ideas to an audience. Types of presentations include the following: Microsoft ® PowerPoint ® allows users to design and present information in a slideshow. Section I: Overview of the Process of the Preparing Presentation Slides: A Tutorial by John Battalio at http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/techcomm/content/cat_030/preparingpresentatio nslides/index.html explains the two main reasons for using presentation slides. PowerPoint ® is one of the most common media forms in the business environment as well as in your program at Axia College. Oral presentations are used to discuss topics in front of audiences. Effective oral presentations include the use of visuals or graphics. Reports consist of several different types of communication. For example, a formal report in business may be designed to convey sales results or suggested policy changes. An informal report may be an email from you to your boss outlining the results of your recent research. Flyers or brochures are usually short documents with graphics or pictures and limited text. For example, a brochure about a local spa might show pictures of the spa, someone receiving a massage, and someone exercising. The brochure would probably highlight the spa’s attractions and list the address and hours of operation. Creating a Microsoft ® PowerPoint ® Presentation Creating an effective presentation can be intimidating if you have never developed one. A presentation can, however, be as simple or involved as the creator's imagination. Using visuals in your presentations can help channel your creativity. A visual is an object or image other than plain text. Visuals include slides, pictures, graphics, or charts. The visuals included in your presentation must relate to the content and illustrate or supplement the text. Analyzing the Audience and Purpose Focusing on the audience members and their needs is the key to creating a presentation. Similar to writing, presentations must have a purpose and pertain to your
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audience. When creating a purpose statement, ask yourself, What do I want my audience to learn? or What do I want my audience members to walk away with that differs from what they arrived with? Answering these questions helps define your purpose. Next, analyze your audience by asking the following questions about your audience:
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