Can you share at least three PowerPoint features that you find interesting and useful in creating a visually appealing and attention grabbing presentation.? why do you feel these features are valuable in creating an effective presentation?
I think we have gotten a bit immune to Power Point these days. Therefore, while I agree with everything others have said I also think that creativity is the key. Create your own slide designs, use original drawings and photos and of course ensure that the writing itself is witty and interesting. Don't just read off the slides!
A business teacher once told me that there are specific "rules" that we should follow when making visual presentations. One of those rules was to avoid using lots of different colors. I think the number she told me was to limit the colors to no more than three. She also said (I think) that we should limit fonts to no more than two different choices. This prevents the power point from becoming too busy.
You definitely do not want to put too much text on a single slide. You want to stick with key points, not everything you are going to be saying. Something else that I like to do on powerpoint is include an index. If you so it correctly, at any time during your presentation you can go back to the index and choose exactly where you want to go in your presentation.
There are many interesting features in Powerpoint. What I would NOT do is put light colored text on light colored backgrounds and vice versa. Be sure your text is easy to read--contrast, size of text, and the font you use are important.
I also suggest not too much movement (there are many little zings which allow you to bring in text from the sides, etc. or allow text to swirl, vibrate, etc. This is distracting from the message).
I would also suggest not putting a timer on slides. More often than not, the slides move too quickly for discussion or explanation, or they move too slowly and there is awkward downtime. Being able to move to the next slide when you are ready is the best option unless you have lots of time to practice with the finished product before giving your talk.
Go into the program and play...I'm sure you'll be able to come up with a great looking presentation and have fun at the same time.
In terms of different items on Powerpoint, I would think that utilizing some of the inherent features to make presentations a bit more dynamic would be critical. Slide transitions is one often overlooked aspect of presentation format. Being able to feature different transitions between slides can help add some level of uniqueness to a presentation. Another feature that helps would be to vary up font. For example, in an introduction slide, WordArt could be used to make a statement that, if done tastefully, is quite appealing from an aesthetic point of view. Finally, I think that making sure icons or visual imagery is present in a consistent manner can help pull in the visual learners in your presentation. Naturally, these are all a matter of taste, personal choice, and appropriateness to the presentation and topic, but they are elements that I have used with varying levels of success.