Memes have been popular humor devices for a long time and they're growing in popularity. Add humor to your next presentation with memes for presentations.
In this article, we’ll discuss what a meme is and share some presentation memes. We’ll also cover some tips to help you add memes to your presentation.
What Is a Meme?
According to The New York Times,
“Memes are widely known as conduits for cultural conversations and an opportunity to participate in internet trends.”
Memes are often used for humor. Most importantly, they're often relatable and shared with others. Memes can be from popular culture, TV shows, music, etc. Since memes are made from pop culture or popular entertainment, they can make that piece of entertainment more popular.
10 Relatable Memes
Memes can add some humor to your presentation. Here are some presentation memes that you could use to entertain your audience:
1. Gives Joke No One Laughs
2. These Presentations Are Awesome
3. The Meeting Could’ve Been an Email
4. The Moment You Realize
5. Group Project
6. Zoom Meeting
7. I Have No Idea What I’m Doing
8. When You Send an Email With Questions
9. When You’re Running Late for Work
10. Create Your Own Happiness
How to Add a Meme to your Presentation
Once you’ve chosen a meme, you’ll need to know how to add it to your PowerPoint presentation. I’ll use the premium Terrenifa Multipurpose PowerPoint Template from Envato Elements for this tutorial.
Let's get started:
1. Choose a Template
When looking for a template, look for one that mentions placeholders in the description. Picture placeholders make it easy to add an image. All you need to do is drag and drop the image into place.
For example, the premium template Terrenifa has picture placeholders. There are many other excellent premium presentation templates on Envato Elements that also have picture placeholders.
2. Choose Your Meme
The next step is to choose a meme everyone can relate to. Select a meme that works for both the topic of your presentation and your audience.
You can find a meme by searching on the internet for your topic with the word "meme" next to your topic. Or you can get your meme from an online source.
3. Choose the Slide
After choosing which meme you want to use, decide where to put it. This depends on your presentation.
I chose slide 3 because it's got a picture placeholder and room for text.
If there's a picture placeholder on a slide, but you don’t want the meme in that part of the presentation, you can fix this in two ways:
The first is to drag and drop the slide to the place in the presentation where you want it. When you open your premium template in PowerPoint, you’ll see mini versions of your slides on the left side of your screen.
Click on the slide that you want to move. Next, drag the slide to where you want it. When dragging the slide, you’ll notice a red line appear in-between slides. When you let go of your slide this is where the slide that you’re dragging appears.
2. Copy and Insert Slide
The second way to fix your meme's location is to copy a slide with the picture placeholder in it to where you want it.
To copy a slide, right-click on it. When you do, a menu appears. Select Duplicate Slide from the menu. An exact copy of the slide appears right under it. You can then use the first method to drag-and-drop the duplicate to where you want it,
4. Add the Meme
You can use three methods to add your meme to your presentation slide:
The first is to drag and drop the meme into the picture placeholder. After you’ve saved the meme to your computer drag and drop the image into the picture placeholder. It should appear almost immediately.
2. Use Insert Picture File Button
Click on the Insert Picture from File button in the middle of the picture placeholder. When you click on this button, it'll open the files on your computer. Find the image file for your meme and double-click on it. Your image is now added to the slide.
3. Use Insert Tab
The third method of adding an image is to click on the Insert tab above the toolbar.
After you click on the Insert tab, you’ll see a Pictures button. Click on the button. When you click on this button, a menu appears.
Choose the right option for you depending on where your file is located. Once you’ve located your file, double-click on it, and then adjust the image as needed.
5 Tips for Using Memes
Humor is a great way to engage with your audience. A meme is a modern and relatable way to add humor to your presentation. Here are some tips on how to add a meme to your presentation:
1. Make It Relatable
Your meme for your presentation must be relatable. A meme should be relatable to many people, typically the point of a meme.
Plus, your meme must be relatable to your audience. If the meme isn't relatable to your audience, then they may not find it funny.
It’s also essential that your meme follows the subject matter of your presentation. For example, your meme may be funny and relatable, but if it’s off-topic from your presentation, it could confuse the audience.
When considering which meme to use, think about who your audience is? Will they relate to the meme? Then, find out what's interesting and will get your audience's attention. What’s funny for one group may not be funny for another.
2. Make It Relevant
When giving your presentation with memes, everyone can relate to remember that you aren’t a comedian. This means that your presentation should focus on the topic and not humor. Also, you shouldn’t add too much humor to your presentation. Spreading your memes throughout the presentation is okay to engage your audience. However, you need to make sure that you aren’t overdoing it.
3. Consider Your Audience
When considering what meme to use, it's best to avoid anything that would be offensive. If you offend your audience, they'll stop listening to your presentation. This discredits you in their eyes. So, keep your memes simple, funny, and clean.
4. Focus on Value
It’s fine to add humor to your presentation and to add PowerPoint presentation memes, but don’t add too many. Adding too much humor and memes can make you seem less credible, and people won’t take your presentation seriously.
5. Be Confident
When adding memes, it makes it more likely that everyone can relate to your presentation. Try incorporating the meme into your presentation naturally. Also, be sure to act confident as you present it. If you aren’t confident, it can take away from the meme's humor.
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5 Ways to Add Humor to Your Presentation
Humor is a great tool when you're giving a presentation. It can keep the audience engaged. There are many ways that you can add humor to your presentation. Here are some of the different ways you can add humor to your presentation:
1. Tell a Funny Story
When looking at your presentation's main points, think about your own experiences. Do you have a funny story relating to that main point? Your story can be about a time you messed up or just a funny story. Stories are a great way to engage and relate to the audience.
2. Find a Joke
Find a joke that reinforces one of your subpoints.
For example, imagine you’re giving your presentation on a job interview and one of your points is listening. A joke could be that someone goes into a job interview. The interviewer asks where do you see yourself in five years? The person answers, I’d say that my biggest weakness is not listening. This joke makes the point about listening clearer while also being funny.
3. Look for an Analogy
An analogy is where you make a comparison between two things to clarify. Using a funny analogy is a great way to make your audience laugh while clarifying your point.
4. Surprise the Audience
Surprise the audience by naturally throwing a joke into your presentation. You don’t always need to prep your audience for a joke. Instead, be confident and just present your joke. The best humor can be unexpected humor.
5. Use Audio Visual Effects
If you're going to use audio-visual effects, it'll take some planning. You’ll need to plan the audio effects beforehand so they can be played at the right time. Little sound effects can grab your audience's attention and add a fun element to it.
Download a Premium PowerPoint Template Today!
Now that we’ve shown you some popular memes and how to add them to your premium PowerPoint template, start by signing up for Envato Elements today. We also covered some tips and examples to help you with your presentation. So, for your next presentation project, try using a premium template and meme.