Structure of PowerPoint Presentation
Before you start with your PowerPoint presentation, you need to be aware that the structure of your presentation will end up looking as follows:
Slide 1. Project Title (TITLE)
Slide 2. Introduction (CONTENT)
Slide 3. Methodology (TITLE)
Slide 4. Methodology (CONTENT)
Slide 5. Methodology (CONTENT)
Slide 6. Methodology (CONTENT)
Slide 7. Results (TITLE)
Slide 8. Results (CONTENT)
Slide 9. Results (CONTENT)
Slide 10. Conclusions (TITLE)
Slide 11. Conclusions (CONTENT)
I have used a general example of a research project presentation to show that a presentation consists of title and content slides. Title slides generally have a nice graphic (background) with very little text, whereas content slides will usually have more text. PowerPoint allows you to create templates or masters for your title and content slides. Masters (slide templates) allows you to control and standardise the overall look of your slides (in terms of graphics and text). There is also a good chance that master slides will significantly reduce the size of your final PowerPoint file, by preventing duplication of graphics and text.
The benefits of using master slides will become more apparent as we move through this exercise.
Note: PowerPoint refers to master slides either as (1) master slides or (2) title slides. This can be a bit confusing, and Microsoft should instead have referred to master slides as (1) content slides and/or (2) title slides. So when you read a PowerPoint help file, and it refers to a master slide, it is referring to a content slide.