Like its Word and Excel partners in the Microsoft Office productivity suite, PowerPoint is ubiquitous. As of 2012, Bloomberg Business estimated that the slide presentation software claims 95% of market share, with installations on more than 1 billion computers and an estimated worldwide usage rate of 350 times per second.
Despite PowerPoint’s prevalence, we’ve all been there: a presenter droning on in front of a sloppily made slideshow with mismatched fonts, misplaced content, and misaligned graphics. The audience suffers, but so does the speaker — which is why we’ve compiled the following 10 tips and tricks to add a little spice to your next presentation. Bad PowerPoints happen to good people, so following a few of these pointers can hopefully flip that script.
Hopefully these tips will help you liven up your next PowerPoint presentation and avoid the dread that comes with boring slideshows.
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