In this article, we will talk about how to use the custom animation feature in presentation software effectively. This is the feature that allows text boxes or diagrams or images to appear one after another based on clicks or automatically.
There are 2 types of presenters as far as custom animations are concerned:
1. No Animations:
This type of presenter does not bother with animations in their presentations. All their text and diagrams are stationery. The problem with this is that all points appear on the slide at the same time and audience spends time reading the slides instead of listening to the presenter.
2. Animations in master:
This type of presenter animates the master slide itself so that all text and content is animated. Such excessive animation ends up completely distracting the audience. They either ignore the presentation or spend time amusing themselves with which animation is expected next.
There are also times when the presentation is just emailed to the audience. In such cases, readers can find extreme animation very taxing.
Good presenters understand that neither extreme is good. Animations are provided in presentation software for a reason and it is essential to use animations in moderation. When are animations useful in a presentation? Should they really by put set at the presentation master level? Here are 2 suggestions on how to use animations feature in the most effective way:
Present 1 idea per slide: Animation is a tool to help presenters show content in time with their speech. It is possible to have only 1 idea on each slide and thus avoid animation to quite an extent. Instead of animations, you move to the next slide. This means that the presenter is not focused on pressing buttons to move forward all the time. The presenter can focus on delivering the content to the audience.
Animate the complex: If you are explaining a process flow or a diagram step by step, this is the right time to animate the content. Since it is one process, it needs to be on one slide. Animation ensures that the audience is not taxed with too much information upfront. They get time to understand what the presenter is saying before moving on the next stage or next step.
Add slide transitions if needed: Animations or transitions between slides are fine as long as they are subdued and not noisy or slow. Remember, slow transition between slides causes audience to lose interest.
All in all, remember that your task as a presenter is to engage the audience. Don’t over-animate or show too much content at the same time as either extreme can distract them. Happy Presenting!