Model Your Animation on a Successful Stage Presentation
You need to be clear about the objective of animation to make it really effective. Excessive animation can be distracting and counterproductive, doing just the opposite of what you want it to do. Getting overboard may just make the audiences feel exasperated.
Help the Audiences Understand a Point – Do not use animation just for the sake of it. Use the technique to help the audiences understand a point. It should be meaningful, rather than looking like you are bent upon using it.
Create Slide Show That Lets Idea Progress – Build up a slide show point by point. Be careful regarding the design chosen and the sequence of slides. The flow should help the idea progress, else it will be a sort of jolt for the viewers.
Be highly selective about the text and images put up on your slides. An overenthusiastic team may get the contents flying in from all parts of the screen. Be sure it is only going to confound the viewers if it is done without an extra thought. Making the contents appear, or fade in, at the right time should be enough.
What Animation Does Not Mean – What you need to remember is – animation does not mean moving things around aimlessly on the projector screen. You need to strictly ration such kind of animation. Your focus must be on animating the audience.
Compare Animating Audiences with Stage Performance – Compare it with animating your audiences when performing on stage. You need not jump all over the place to impress them. Rather, they will take note of your body language and intonation. You’ll need to practice these skills to keep them engrossed. If you plan to pull over doing Steve Ballmer on hot coals, that plan will be tore to shreds. Better remember what really gets counted and work accordingly.
The best way to do that is to come up with a sound strategy. Walk around the stage with clear, deliberate movements; stop at certain places, speak for a while, pause, and then move to another part of the stage. This will enable you break up your address into ‘verses’ making it easier for the audiences to understand it.
Make Logical Break-points – You need to plan your animation in similar manner, making logical break-points that can be digested by the audiences. Each slide must awaken the audiences a bit more, making them more eager about what is coming. Your secret of success lies in making your audiences enthusiastic about the contents of your presentation. If you’re able to do that, you’re going to succeed.
Make sure your presentation is not like a long monologue as that is something your audience won’t appreciate at all. You must know how to tweak the content, else it will become synonymous with boredom.
Give some extra thought how you can make your audiences animatic about your message. The time is worth it!