If you have less text on your slides, that means you have more room for pictures! Pictures or graphics are a
great way to summarize information, and are appealing to look at. There is also a phenomenon known as the
picture superiority effect, which describes our ability to retain more information when it is presented
in a picture form versus just words.
By combining the last two tips of less text and more images, the magic of a good video presentation lies in the
audio or detailed explanation of the information you are presenting. This is where I like to be the most
descriptive. It not only shows that I have a clear understanding of my topic, but allows me to explain things in
a way that makes sense for myself, which will hopefully translate to the audience. For example, if I use a
specific terminology such as, “allelopathy” on my slide, instead of defining it through text, I can articulate a
definition of it to showcase my understanding.
Transitions allow visual presentations to flow nicely! I like to time my transitions, so that when I’m about to
say something, only then will it show up on my screen. I find that this helps guide the audience along through
the presentation, instead of overwhelming them with a bunch of text and pictures all at once.
Add your personality to it
The best presentations are ones that look like the presenter put a lot of thought and detail into their work. I
like to accomplish this by using themed PowerPoint slides that relate to my project. For example, in my Plant
Biology class, I was making a video presentation on the topic leaf colour changes throughout the fall, so
I picked a PowerPoint slide template that had a foliage theme. Here are some good websites to choose templates
Create a script
Video presentations require an audio component, which I record in PowerPoint; I like creating a script to record.
This will outline exactly what I plan to say for each slide, and great if there is a time limit for your video
presentation. For example, when I had to do my thesis presentation, I only had 10 minutes to present a whole
year’s worth of research, which was a challenge! By creating a script, I was able to practice before I recorded
my video to ensure I met the time requirements.
Enjoy the finished product
My favourite part of creating a video presentation is enjoying the finished product! Especially, if I put a lot
of effort into each of the tips I talked about in this article. After exporting the final video, this is also a
great time to watch the presentation from start to finish to be sure everything looks good, and there are no
typos, mistakes, audio issues, etc.
All the best with your future video presentations!
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