This updated version of an earlier post uses video to demonstrate the animations.
Agenda slides, typically used to help the audience follow a long presentation, are also an opportunity to capture (or re-capture) the audience’s attention; you can use contrast and motion to improve the impact of the presentation at key transition points.
Typically, an agenda slide introduces the presentation, listing the sections, in a “tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em” spirit. An agenda slide may also appear before each section as a “milestone,” marking the end of a section and the beginning of the next.
Here’re my general guidelines for agendas:
- An agenda shouldn’t include more than four or five sections
- No “subsections.”
- Use an agenda slide as an introduction, presenting the topics one at a time (“chunking”) and then highlight the first section.
- At the beginning of each section, remove the highlight on the section just completed, and highlight the section that follows.
- You may want de-emphasize completed sections.
Of course, you will construct your agenda slides so that they are consistent with your overall presentation. However, it’s a good idea to use a different background/layout to contrast with the other slides.
Here’s an agenda for a typical sales presentation:
- Who are we?
- What do we do?
- Our portfolio
- Our customers
- What next?
I constructed an agenda item like this: