Common Presentation Terms

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When you want to present something, whether it is on google slides or PowerPoint, it is always a good idea to know the proper presentation terminology. This way you’ll actually understand what you are doing when creating you’re slides. The process in creating a presentation is most of the time taken for granted. People underestimate how much time playing around with features such as animations and transitions take. Knowing the basic presentation terminology would help you create a stunning presentation.

The first thing you’ll notice when wanting to create a presentation is the blank slide you’re greeted with. A slide is an individual page in your slide show that can be filled with information, animations, sounds, and images. You should probably know what this is because slides are what make up your PowerPoint.

Your slide layout is the formatting and positioning of your information. Your slide layout all depends on the type of content you are covering on that slide. For example, for every presentation, you should have a title slide. This title slide layout just display the title and your name. Say you want to add images to your slide. You would create text boxes on your slide, resize and position them to your liking, and then inserting your images in these boxes. Keep in mind the whole point of your layout is to make your slide interesting. In other words, focus on the design and the type of information you want to present when creating your layout.

You can choose between a variety of different templates when creating a new presentation. Templates are categorized under themes , containing layouts and graphics on each slide while following one consistent pattern. For example, some existing templates aside from slides are calendars, labels, or reports.

Another common term is design theme. Your design theme ties in the look and feel of your presentation. It mainly determines your background, layout, fonts, and color theme.

If you want to present key points or phrases, know that you should use bullets to organize your information. Bullet point are small dots (or whatever symbol you use) to divide your information when starting a new key phrase. This points are very common among presentations due to their efficient and professional appearance.

Animations are visual effects that you can add to titles, text, graphics, or any individual item (throughout your PowerPoint). These can add a dynamic and creative vibe to your presentation while also being subtle enough to not be too distracting.

Much like an animation, transitions are motion effects that can be applied to all your slides. Whether you want your slide to move left or dissolve on to the next slide, you have a selection of transitions to choose from. Be sure to keep your transitions simple and not too distracting for your viewers. All your slides can have the same transition or they can all be different, although for the sake of good ol’ repetition, using the same transition would be best.

The goal of your presentation is to have a professional and well designed slide show. A slide show is a series of slides that make up a presentation and is displayed to an audience sequentially. You have the option to present your slide show by manually changing from one slide to the next, or a having it timed so that each slide automatically passes on to the next after a certain amount of time without you having to change it.



Presentation Terminology