Here on this website, we have written many articles to help people make better PowerPoint presentations. While making a good presentation is very important, the audience comes to presentations to see a presenter perform. They are expecting you to make the topic accessible to them. Your slides are there to support you, but you are the presentation.
Make Your Presence Known
By making your presence known, we don’t mean that you should make a scene. Rather, make sure that the audience has their focus on you from the beginning of the presentation. You can train your audience to pay more attention to you by starting the presentation with just the title on a black screen (by using the B key). Humans are wired to look for change. Most people should focus their attention on you as soon as the screen goes blank and you start speaking. Once everyone is seated, start your presentation with a completely black screen and start talking. Show them the first slide a good minute after you start speaking to them.
Do Not Read Off Of Slides
Try not to get into the habit of reading slides as they are. This focuses everyone’s attention on the slides and away from you.
Slides Should Not Be Self Evident
Make slides that cannot be understood without a speaker to explain them. Use words and metaphors that sound interesting, but are not self evident. The audience will listen to your explanation to satisfy their curiosity.
Be a Better Public Speaker
Some people shy away from public speaking, but it is a skill that can be acquired. You can find many resources on this subject online. You need to be good at public speaking if you are to be the focal point of the presentation. One very useful resource to learn public speaking is Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills. This website contains plenty of useful material on speech writing, speaker habits, and also contains book reviews on public speaking and presentation related topics.