From Idea to Presentation: Fire Up Your Presentations with Google Slides (A FREE Online Software)

Esther Chen, Content Writing and Marketing

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8 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction: A Step-by-Step Masterclass to Sharpen Your Pitch

      1:41
    • 2. Module 1: Defining Your Brand & Purpose

      2:46
    • 3. Module 2: Defining Your Audience's Needs

      2:36
    • 4. Module 3: Google Slides Templates & Themes

      3:53
    • 5. Module 4: Writing Content that Connects

      8:36
    • 6. Module 5: The Basics of Google Slides

      13:05
    • 7. Module 6: Present with Confidence and Purpose

      6:45
    • 8. Recap

      2:14
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From Idea to Presentation: Fire Up Your Presentation with Google Slides (A FREE Online Software) Overview PDF Download

This isn't your fifth-grade history teacher droning on in monotone. We're going to dive in deep to turn your ideas into an effective presentation.

Section One: Defining Your Brand & Your Purpose

  • Visualize the purpose of your presentation so that you get excited.
  • Questions to ask to determine your purpose:
    • What kind of speech do I want to create?
    • What is it about this topic that excites me?
    • What do I hope to gain from my presentation?
      (Set a specific goal)

Section Two: Defining Your Audience’s Needs

  • If you aren’t inherently giving your audience something of value, they aren’t going to be interested.
  • Who is your audience? Consider:
    • Gender
    • Age group
    • Income
    • Living situation
    • Problems they struggle with
    • Gaps in resources/knowledge
  • Most importantly: How can you help?
  • It’s more important to connect than to impress.

Section Three: Selecting Your Template & Themes

  • Browse through templates and themes at slides.google.com.
  • Find other themes at:
    slidescarnival.com
    slidesgala.com
    elements.envato.com (paid subscription)

Section Four: Writing Content that Connects

  • Process:
    • Write ALL ideas down on a bubble map or freewrite.
    • Sections: Categorize your points into 3-5 main focus points.
    • Slides: Select subpoints to turn into individual slides.
    • Bullets: Present clear details to explain your subpoints.
  • What tone do you want to set in your speech?
    Consider the preference of your audience, but try to keep your tone natural to maintain authenticity.
  • Tools of engagement:
    • Create a character the audience can relate to.
    • Present a multi-dimensional character as concisely as possible.
    • Show a conflict that presents a problem your audience can understand.
    • Ultimately lead to how the character resolves their problem.
    • Keep your tone light
    • Subverting your audience’s expectations with a punchline can be effective if not overused.
    • Assign your audience a mini-task at the beginning of your presentation.
    • Ask questions throughout your presentation.
    • Give a small quiz or assignment check at the end.
    • Story
    • Humor
    • Assignments
  • Avoid audience overwhelm:
    • Be concise!
    • Stay relevant to your topic
    • No more than four phrases in a bulleted list
    • If focusing on a quote or entire sentence, have it be the only element on the slide.
  • After completing main slides and subpoints with supporting details, create an introduction slide to introduce main points.
    Create a conclusion slide with a summary of main points and a CLEAR call to action.
  • Post content writing:
    • Create a works cited slide.
    • Take a break!
    • Edit slides for grammar, relevance, and brevity.
    • Have a friend point out any issues in your slides.

Section Five: Basics of Google Slides

  • Functions and Tools:
    • Menu Bar (File and insert)
    • Toolbar (Text and image bars)
    • Slide Presentation Pane (Duplicate, delete, and move slides)
    • Speaker Notes (Type or dictate notes for each slide)
    • Important Buttons (Share, present, and view comments)

Section Six: Present with Confidence and Purpose

  • Important steps before presenting:
    • Have multiple copies of your powerpoint and readable notes
    • Voice & tone: practice enunciation, inflection, and speed
    • Engage with smiles and eye contact
    • Posture and stance: relax shoulders and, if you must fidget, move your toes!
    • Allow room for mistakes; forget perfection, focus on purpose.