How to Use an Agenda Slide in PowerPoint Presentations

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How to Use an Agenda Slide in PowerPoint Presentations
Agendas let the audience know what comes next. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Microsoft PowerPoint helps the speaker present a program that can be informative and dynamic for the audience. The software also helps the speaker keep the audience's needs in mind while organising the presentation. The various layouts of the slide can provide the organisation the speaker desires. One such layout is the "Agenda" slide. This slide is used to present the audience with an outline of the flow of the presentation.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Type "Agenda" in the "Title" area of the slide where it reads "Click to add title." Click in the area to begin typing.

  2. 2

    Click in the body of the slide where it reads "Click to add text." The default format of the "Agenda" slide provides bullets for each line item typed. The body of the slide may contain graphics such as charts and tables. It is not imperative that those items are used on the slide. Once you begin typing in the agenda, items the graphics in the centre of the slide's body will disappear.

  3. 3

    Type "Welcome" on the first line then press the "Enter" or "Return" key on the keyboard. Type "Introductions" on the second line and press "Enter" or "Return" then type "State of the Company" on the third line then "Revenue Opportunities" on the fourth line. Beside each line is a bullet. The Agenda slide helps the speaker and the audience prepare for how the presentation will proceed.

  4. 4

    Press the "Design" tab. Select one of the themes from the "Themes" panel. Depending upon the Theme, the word "Agenda" may be in the centre of the slide or to the left. In addition, the bullets will change to accommodate the slide's theme.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent the "Agenda" slide from becoming too wordy and hard to read, only place the high-level topics on the slide. For example, the "State of the Company" item may have sales, finance, operations, supply chain and customer service as subsections. However, to place each of these items on the "Agenda" slide would make it difficult to read for the audience.
  • Stick to the agenda and timelines. If this doesn't happen, there is a risk of the presentation getting off-course or going past the allotted time limit -- and a possibility no one will take you agendas seriously.

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