This presentation could have been an email! Have you ever felt like that? Often times when presenters feel this reaction from their audience, it's because they are, almost verbatim, reading bullet points from slides. There is too much text on the slide and each slide is formatted exactly the same. No matter how important the content is, it is not getting conveyed effectively because the audience isn't involved and engaged.
While PowerPoint has introduced many clever animation features, if you don't know when and why you should employ them, your presentation may come off as amateurish and juvenile. The message won't carry credibility, no matter the credentials of the speaker.
Are you putting your best foot forward in online presentations?
Even if you are engaging in a person/live meeting room presented, oftentimes it doesn't translate to the same reaction when you are presenting online. Knowing how and how often to move something on the screen can take the place of gestures and perceptible facial expressions when trying to communicate important content.
Microsoft PowerPoint is chock full of features and they're adding new ones all the time. Included in these buckets of bells and whistles are some really effective animation tools. Beyond just having bullets flying onto the slide, knowing how to emphasize a particular idea or concept can mean the difference between keeping your audience with you and losing them to the "death by PowerPoint" peril. With the addition of 3D objects, morph transitions, and new flexibility with classic animation tools, you can craft a presentation that communicates beyond words. For example: