I’m sure you’ve had to sit through boring PowerPoint presentations before. It seems like they go on forever and you seldom retain any of the information. What a waste of time right? If you concur, make your next presentation more interesting with some of the ideas below.

Don’t Forget Creativity

As the writers at Microsoft’s Business Hub say, PowerPoint doesn’t give you authorization to get lazy. You still have to be creative if you want to produce a winning presentation that grabs the attention of your audience. Which means that you can’t let PowerPoint’s ease of use trick you into thinking that you don’t have to come up with compelling content. Just because you can create an endless series of text-filled slides doesn’t mean that you should.

Come to your sales pitch or company meeting furnished with interesting and useful information. Don’t just slap some sales numbers on a series of slides. Alternatively, describe what these numbers mean.

Come with Solutions

Giving solutions or insights into the information you present is yet another way to make your PowerPoint noteworthy. If your meeting is not merely to inform your audience but get them to consider the data and possibly come up with suggestions for improvement or change, get them thinking along the same lines as you by giving them some creative ideas to ponder.

Also, if your presentation gives some important information, expand on that. To illustrate, if sales dropped considerably last quarter, explain why. You are giving them the information anyway, so expanding on it can only help to provide them with a well rounded picture of the company and what they can do to modify or help things.

Don’t Get Too Fancy

We said to get creative but that doesn’t mean you should use all the gimmicks that PowerPoint offers. Many managers toss in needless or distracting images in an attempt to grab attention. Any unnecessary images will only serve as a disruption. Then they will only recall the cute jumping dog in the corner of the slide rather than the information you were offering. A frequent mistake you will want to avoid as well, is reading the slides word for word. Your audience does not want to read along with you. Instead, leave the slide up long enough for them to read the three bullets while verbally expanding on the single most important one. This way you can save your breath and avoid exhausting your audience’s attention span with redundancy.