Creating Powerful Presentations

Contributor: Suzanne Riordan. Lesson ID: 13934

A picture is worth a thousand words. The same goes for a well-chosen image, graphic, video, or audio clip. Adding multimedia to your presentation can make it pop!


Verbal Communication, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever sat through a long, boring, or confusing presentation?

Students at Titan Academy were asked to give presentations when they returned to in-person learning in 2021. Watch one student, Ren Yi Xiang, give a presentation about expectations and disappointment in the video below.

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Maybe Ren Yi Xiang could have used some images, video, or music to clarify his presentation!

Creating a great presentation with eye-catching images is just a matter of following simple steps.

Choose a Topic

Obviously, this is the most important step. You have to have something to communicate to create an interesting presentation.

Choose something that interests you, and you have something to say.

Make some notes to organize your thoughts.

  • What are the most important ideas you want to share?

Write Your Text

Remember that creating a presentation is not like writing an essay. Focus on your key thoughts. With slideshow presentations, you have to keep your text to a minimum.

Remember that a slideshow enhances your presentation with images, video, and audio. You are the main attraction, not the slideshow!

Don't read from your slides. Think of them as anchors for your ideas.

If you have much to say you think you might forget, put some information in the notes section. Click on the word notes at the bottom of the slide page to open up this space. These are for your use only. Your audience will not see them.

Take time to choose a good opening that will engage the interest of your audience. Then, explain the purpose of your presentation. Try to do this in just one sentence.

Be careful not just to present dry facts. Choose your main points carefully, using humor, examples, and stories. Engage your audience by asking questions that make them think!

When you write your text on the slide pages, choose fonts that are simple and easy to read.

Add Multimedia Elements

Now we get to the enjoyable part: adding images, video, audio, and other elements to clarify the information you're presenting.

Adding any of these elements is fairly simple

For example, when adding an image, you can either copy the image and paste it on the slide or click on Insert and then Picture.

Try to choose images that:

  relate to the information you're presenting
  are colorful or eye-catching in some way
  are easy to see and understand (not too blurry, distorted, or too detailed for the audience to see)


Use the same process to add a video. Click on Insert and then Video.

An example of Video Added to a Slide can be found under the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. It will look like this when using PowerPoint.

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If you want to add an audio file, click on Insert and then Audio. Insert a clip that's already on your PC, or record something yourself.

Once the file is loaded onto the slide, there are some options you can choose, such as whether to have it play automatically or only when you click on it.

For more helpful tips on making your slideshow, watch the following video. 

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At the end of your presentation, summarize the key points and explain how your audience can use the information.

That's a lot to remember, but you'll get some practice in the Got It? section!

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