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When you are applying for funds for an educational grant or school loan, the devil is in the details. That’s why our last few posts have focused on how you can use the Writer and Spreadsheets applications in WPS Office to improve the quality of your submission with templates, formatting techniques, and tracking tools.
But there’s another way that you can gain the attention of potential funders: by creating a presentation or slideshow in relation to your funding request. And once again, WPS Office offers a tool that can help you out with this step. It’s called Presentation, and it’s completely compatible with Microsoft® PowerPoint, which makes choosing the application a no-brainer any time you want to generate added impact.
Why might it be important to create a slideshow in conjunction with your grant or loan proposal? One very good reason is that sharing your case through speaking and presenting opens up another avenue—in addition to writing—to delivering your message. What’s more, a compelling presentation with eye-catching visuals can be worth a thousand words when it comes to establishing your goal of creating a dialogue with grant makers, lenders, and other decision makers.
Effective presentations have a few things in common. First, it’s important to set up your presentation by sharing some background and rationale for your funding request. Second, state the challenges clearly that you are working to overcome through a grant or loan. Third, highlight an objective for your presentation—what you hope to achieve by having others view it. With the stage properly set, you’ll then be able to move into the meat of your presentation (the funding request itself), followed by a conclusion that summarizes your main points and drives home your key messages.
Here are a few other tips to keep in mind when creating a presentation for potential funders or lenders:
With the big picture in mind, let’s now zero in on the features that Presentation offers, and see how you can draw on these to create a truly memorable slideshow:
Once you’ve created your presentation, do at least one run-through of the entire slideshow using your equipment. Learning how to use the remote and other tools in advance will lessen the chance that you’ll interrupt the flow of your communication with an embarrassing technology-related fumble—or worse yet, not be able to start the presentation at all. And last but not least, bring it all home by practicing enough so that you can give your talk automatically. With the right combination of software tools and your own technique, you’ll have an excellent chance of knocking your presentation out of the park!
For more tips, guides, and information on using WPS Office, please visit our Online Knowledge Base.