How to Enliven Your PowerPoint 2016 Presentation

By Peter Weverka

Starting on the Insert tab in PowerPoint 2016, you can do a lot to make a presentation livelier. The Insert tab offers buttons for putting pictures, tables, charts, diagrams, and shapes on slides:

  • Pictures: Everyone likes a good graphic or photo, but more than that, audiences understand more from words and pictures than they do from words alone. A well-chosen photo or image reinforces the ideas that you’re trying to put across in your presentation.

  • Tables: A table is a great way to plead your case or defend your position. Raw table data is irrefutable — well, most of the time, anyway. Create a table when you want to demonstrate how the numbers back you up.

  • Charts: Nothing is more persuasive than a chart. The bars, pie slices, or columns show the audience instantaneously that production is up or down, or that sector A is outperforming sector B. The audience can compare the data and see what’s what.

  • Diagrams: A diagram is an excellent marriage of images and words. Diagrams allow an audience to literally visualize a concept, idea, or relationship. You can present an abstract idea such that the audience understands it better.

  • Shapes: Lines and shapes can also illustrate ideas and concepts. You can also use them as slide decorations.