1. The Two Types of Presentation

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Creating Business Presentations

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There are two types of presentations in PowerPoint, sit-down and stand-up. Each type requires a different design approach, which I'll explain in this lesson


The two types of presentation

- PowerPoint is still the tool of choice for internal business presentations
- When creating a slide deck, you need to know what type of presentation you are giving
- Broadly, two types of presentation exist, sit-down and stand-up

Stand-up presentations

- Presentation given to a larger crowd
- Your audience will not have seen the content before
- Often only 10 -30 mins speaking time
- Slides information must be kept to a minimum with a 40pt+ font size
- Slides are an aid to your speech rather than the focus of your speech

Sit-down presentations

- Your audience will have a copy of the material beforehand
- You will have more time (at least an hour to present)
- Consequently, you can have more text on your slides and longer presentations
- For this presentation, PowerPoint is replacing a Word document


Whether you like it or not, PowerPoint is the tool of choice for internal corporate communication. As a young professional, the ability to create compelling PowerPoint presentations is a very valuable skill to have.

When presenting to clients or management, you will be under pressure to deliver your message in a clear, concise, and compelling way.

Now that you’ve mastered the technical aspects of PowerPoint in my previous courses, it’s time to focus on how to structure, design, and build impactful presentations.

When building a PowerPoint presentation, the first question that you have to ask yourself is, “Am I delivering a sit-down or a stand-up presentation?” A stand-up presentation is given to a large crowd who will typically have never seen the content before.

You will often only have 10 to 30 minutes and not a lot of time to go into huge detail.

What’s more, in a big auditorium, people will struggle to read any slides that you have with a small font size.

For stand-up presentations, it’s important that you learn off your script beforehand.

Your slides, like in this example, will only act as a visual aid and require you to add context to the image or message on the screen.

Keep the amount of information on the slide to a minimum, and always remember to use a big font size, at least 40 points, so that everyone in the room can read your slides.

For sit-down presentations, the opposite of what you just heard is true.

Often, your audience will have received a copy of the material beforehand.

They will be well acquainted with the information and will have much more time to digest the findings.

In this scenario, it’s important to put much more detail on your PowerPoint slides, and feel free to use as many slides as you need if that’s what the occasion requires. For sit-down presentations, a PowerPoint presentation is essentially a word document that is more effective at conveying information as shapes and charts can interact with your text.

Contrast this word document with this PowerPoint slide, both conveying the same information, to see the advantages of using PowerPoint in this way.

In this course, I’ll touch briefly on stand-up presentations, but the main focus will be on sit-down presentations, which are in fact much more common in the workplace, be it in a board meeting, advocating an investment strategy, a project status update, or financial performance reviews.

In the next lesson, we’ll begin this course by learning how to tell a compelling story and laying this out neatly on a PowerPoint presentation.

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