In previous posts on PowerPoint, we’ve been dealing with images and words. Now we move on to some of the salient points of using sound and music in PowerPoint.
Sound shouldn’t overwhelm the message. If the music is too loud, people might concentrate too much on the music and not enough on the message.
The music should correspond to the presentation. Like in a good film, music should add to the story without distracting from it.
Make sure the sound can be heard equally throughout the room. Too loud for those in front and not loud enough for those in the back, can be irritating.
Try to use a speaker system that corresponds with the size of the room. If you use speakers that are too small, you might distort the sounds by using the speakers at full volume.
Like with images, try not to use stock sounds that can sound corny. Find new ones that haven’t been heard before. WiseBrand can help you with original sound clips.
Make sure that the sounds/music doesn’t drown out your very important words!
Try to use WAV instead of MP3 file format. The reason being that MP3 doesn’t embed in the PowerPoint presentation and therefore, if you move the presentation from one computer to another you can lose the sound.
Rehearse the presentation so that your speech works together with the sounds. Get your timing right.
Adding sounds adds yet another thing that can go wrong, therefore, keep it as simple as possible.