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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2003 by Read Gilgen

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Chapter 4. Organizing a Presentation

In this chapter

  • Learn why it’s important to know your audience before you develop a presentation

  • Find out what’s required to hold the audience’s attention

  • Learn to use PowerPoint’s outline feature to organize a presentation

  • Discover how to save time by using pre-existing Word text or PowerPoint slides

Unless you’re already an experienced teacher or public speaker, you may not be aware of the importance of sizing up the audience before you even start preparing a presentation. If you don’t know who you’re speaking to—what they want to know or what will keep their interest—it makes little sense to jump in and create a slide show. Sure, you might prepare something entertaining, but will the folks in the audience walk ...

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