Engage your students with these tips for your PowerPoint presentations


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The toughest crowd

Teachers face the unenviable task of having to maintain the interest and attention of dozens of students every day that they are in the classroom. A lot of time and effort goes into preparing and then presenting content to these students, however if the deliver is somewhat muted or - dare we say it - boring, then it can be an uphill struggle for the students to engage with academic subjects, particularly when they are faced with new or perhaps complicated topics.

A good presentation can make all the difference to whether or not your class feel motivated to engage, or whether they switch off and start thinking about their next meal, the girl or boy in their class who they have a crush on, or the afternoon's sporting activities.

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The good, the bad and the ugly

PowerPoint is an application that is synonymous with presentations. However it is often unfairly accompanied by a groan of resignation, as classrooms full of student or conference attendees regularly feel a sense of foreboding at the prospect of yet another 'death by PowerPoint' session.

In some cases, a presenter my drone on over a series of very unimaginative slides, and in others they may try to cram too much in and use all the effects… Neither of which will help your students to be inspired by and grasp new topics or areas of study. But, with a little thought and consideration, you can create something for your lessons that is truly engaging and memorable, which will capture your students' attention, and help you deliver the necessary information with impact and style.

To help you craft and give better presentations in your classrooms, we're pleased to share a four-part webinar series from Eyeful Presentations that will help to take your content and delivery to a whole new level of quality and impact.

Below you will find a video playlist containing all four webinars, covering:

  • How to avoid the most common presentation fails
  • How to get a deep understanding of your audience
  • How to use storytelling to connect with your audience
  • How to nail your presentation delivery

Additional resources

The blog post How to Create Powerful Presentations contains a number of additional resources to help you create and deliver the best possible presentation, including the following Sway that offers advice for creating a compelling story for your audience:

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So whether you're presenting on your dissertation, for an interview, or for that first client meeting after you've landed that dream job, be sure to brush up on your skills with these handy webinars.


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