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Many presenters have the habit of using quotes from well-known personalities, research or experts as part of their presentation. Relevant quotes strengthen a point in the presentation, provide a change from the general flow and show the audience you have done your research.
But quotes need to be showcased properly in PowerPoint to make an impact. Here are 5 ways in which you can showcase a relevant quote to your presentation.
This is the typical way in which presenters put up their slides. You may have seen motivational presentations, with a collection of quotes that use this format.
This image at the back overwhelms the message. Another more stylish option suggested is to use this format of quote with image of expert:
While this format is much better, visually, remember your business audience may not really be interested in seeing what the expert looks like. They are more interested in understanding your source and logic. An image, especially a face, calls audience attention away from your message.
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Here are 5 alternate creative ways of representing quotes in PowerPoint:
Creative idea 1: Break up the components of the quote:
If the quote consists of 3 or 4 points which you want audience to pay attention to, you can break it up and show it clearly. Here is the way we showcased a quote from an interview. The presentation slide plainly shows the key points of the expert’s comment.
This quote template is taken from our Lists Templates – PowerPoint Charts CEO Pack.
Creative idea 2: Use a creative text box
Call attention to the quote by using an innovative text box. In this example below, we used a platform with a stylish text box on top to call attention to a long-ish quote. If you use such long quotes when presenting, remember to allow your audience a few moments to read through before continuing your talk.
Read: How to create such a 3D platform in this PowerPoint tutorial.
Creative idea 3: Use a suitable image
Based on the nature of your presentation, you can use an image that doesn’t overpower your quote. In this case, we used a simple image of a light bulb to represent an important presentation idea. What is the idea you want to convey with your quote?
Creative idea 4: Use innovative PowerPoint quotes box
Here are 2 simple ways to represent quotes in a quote box. The professional bevels, shading and colors make the quote box stand out.
Creative idea 5: Use Image backgrounds
You can find various public domain images or images from Microsoft Clipart collection to find suitable “blank” images. This will help you represent your ideas in a creative way.
You can use images of billboards, advertising spaces, brick walls etc. to present your PowerPoint quote creatively.
Conclusion about using quotes in PowerPoint:
Presenting quotes from experts or research results is a way to support your presentation ideas. Represent them creatively and keep your audience engaged and focused on your message.
When creating a PowerPoint you'll need to cite your sources both in the text of your presentation, as well as on a references slide at the end. These citations will be similar to how you would cite resources in a traditional paper.
Every time you quote, paraphrase or use an image from a source in your presentation, you'll need an in-text citation on your slide. This will include all the same things an in-text citation includes in a paper: Author's last name, year, and location information if you are using a direct quote. Location information is either a page number, or a paragraph number.
If you are paraphrasing, the author's last name and year are sufficient.
Here is an example: (Smith, 2015, para. 5) or (Smith, 2015)
These in-text citations will correspond to a full citation you'll include on the references slide. The references slide will look similar to the references page for a paper. Put the word References at the top of the slide and list your sources in alphabetical order, by author's last name.
If you have questions about this, consider checking out the APA Citation Guide on the library website which has visual examples (including an APA PowerPoint template), ask a librarian, or stop by the library and chat with your campus librarian.