Want a More Dynamic PowerPoint Deck? Try a Family Feud-style Animation.

Sometimes when we present, we don’t want to reveal all of our information on a slide in the same order every single time. Sometimes it’s more beneficial to the presentation (and just more fun) if the audience chooses what’s revealed next on our slides.

If you’ve ever wanted to present your information in a way that’s just a little different, here is a tutorial you may find helpful to animate your next slide deck.

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I’ve found several different ways to use this animation trick:

Expectation Setting

I’ve put together presentations in the past in which I’ve asked the audience to shout out their expectations at the beginning of the session and see how well their expectations align with the actual objectives of the session. Sometimes this is just a more interesting way to share the objectives than simply listing off what we’re about to cover over the course of the session, and it allows for a brief discussion to compare and contrast what participants were expecting and what we’ll actually focus on.

Anchor Activity

I’ve also used this animation technique to get people really thinking about the topic at hand while dismissing common (yet erroneous) beliefs about the topic. For example, one time I asked my audience to give me the top three brain-based, scientifically-proven ways to help learners retain information. The learners were surprised when one person shouted out “highlight notes as you’re reading them” and I wasn’t able to reveal that as a top 3 answer. It was a bit like bringing the Family Feud into the training room. I played the role of Richard Dawson, I looked at the screen, shouted “Survey Says!” and then made a big “X” with my arms.

“Just for Fun” Icebreaker

Speaking of Family Feud, I’ve also used this technique in team meetings just for fun as we get started. I’ve started meetings with lists such as: “What are the top 5 things people on our team did this weekend?” or “What are the top 7 words that appeared on our last post-training evaluation forms?”

If you have some other ways you could envision using this technique, I’d love to hear them in the comment section!

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