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Introduction

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Giving a presentation can be intimidating. Not only do you need to write content that will hold an audience's attention, you also need to prepare slides that support your message.

In this course, you'll learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation that makes an impact. You'll learn everything from how to use PowerPoint templates and how to use slide masters in PowerPoint through to how to use animation in PowerPoint and how to make a slideshow with music.

This course is designed to help you get the most from PowerPoint and develop your slides quickly and with confidence.

Envato Elements has everything you need to create the perfect presentation including PowerPoint presentation templates, photos, fonts, and music.

1. Intro & Choosing a Template

1.1 Introduction

I totally understand why most people don't like to give presentations. Just the thought of getting up and speaking in front of an audience is enough to strike fear in most people. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you can build supporting slides that you feel great about that really help you reiterate your message, it can give you the boost of confidence you need when you are giving a presentation. And you can do that in Microsoft PowerPoint. Hi, I am Andrew Childress for Invotuts Plus and I have been using PowerPoint for quite some time now. This course is going to bring you fifteen of the very best tips that I know that help you build better slides that drive your message to the audience. I'll help you cover really important things like aligning objects on a slide perfectly, building beautiful charts and graphs that help you convey data visually. And also using Presenter View to make sure that you have the most important information in front of you while you're speaking. This collection of tips are the best that I know for helping you skip ahead in the process and build perfect slide decks in less time. Come along with me in this course in this collection of 15 different tips so that you can master PowerPoint and feel great about what you're presenting.

2. 15 Essential Tips

2.1 How to Choose a PowerPoint Template

As you can see, PowerPoint is an incredible tool for sharing your message with an audience. But it's important to remember that PowerPoint is really just a visual aid that complements whatever you're saying. That's why it's so important to choose a PowerPoint template that fits your message. For example, if you're giving an in-depth business presentation, cartoons and whimsical colors might not be the best fit. You really have to think about who you're talking to and what you're saying, then find a template that fits the equation. Templates are useful because they take the hard work out of slide design. A PowerPoint template is a collection of pre-built slide design, complete with color pallets, text place holders and more. Once you choose a template all you have to do is drop your own content into the placeholders and share it with your audience. No need to spend time building slides from scratch. Powerpoint includes a collection of templates built in. These are okay for some purposes, but I strongly prefer the incredible templates available on Envato Elements. Elements is an all you can download service for creators, and it includes thousands of amazing PowerPoint templates. As you can see here, Elements has a template to suit almost any need. What's more. Unlike built-in designs, many of these templates come with a ton of customization options to make your slide deck truly unique. And you can dial in your search terms based on your specific needs. Try business presentation or photo PowerPoint, for example. Elements will display results geared around certain themes and give you templates to choose from. Presentations have a mood and a feel to them and it's key to choose a template to match. Again, it's critical to focus in on your message and your audience. Thinking through this on the front end makes for better and more effective presentations when you're done. Spend some time looking through Element's vast collection to find the template that's right for you. By choosing one of these, you can instantly give your presentation a professional look simply not possible with anything built into PowerPoint. To look at one in more depth, just click on the thumbnail. I'll select a template as you're seeing me do here. You'll see a screen with more image previews along with a description of the templates features. If you're happy with it just click download here in the upper right corner. You'll see a screen pop up that asks you to associate the download with a project. This is a simple licensing step so just input what you're using the template for And then click Add and Download. Even if you eventually quit subscribing to Elements, you'll still be licensed to use the template once this is complete your download will begin. Open up the zip file that you downloaded from Elements, then find the .pttx file and double click to open it up. That's it, in just a few steps we've chosen a template that's perfect for our presentation. In our next lesson we'll start off by editing slide layouts. Thanks for watching.