What is an Agenda Slide?
An agenda slide is like a table of contents that contains a list of topics that will be discussed in a presentation or meeting. The topics are usually linked to the corresponding sections through hyperlinks so the users can quickly jump to the slide they want by simply clicking on the topic.
There are different types of agenda slides. The topics can be listed vertically or horizontally, and different levels of detail and types of information can be included.
For example, some agenda slides only list the title and subtitle of each topic, while others also provide an overview or takeaways. Agenda slides for forums may also include the start and end time as well as the speaker of each session.
- An agenda slide is the table of contents for a presentation, containing a list of topics that will be discussed.
- It usually contains the section and subsection titles and sometimes the start and end time and the speaker of each section.
- An agenda slide gives the audience a primer of how the presentation or meeting is planned and what topics will be discussed; it also helps the speaker to structure the presentation.
Why Do You Need an Agenda Slide?
An agenda slide is not always required, but it is a useful primer that gives the audience basic knowledge about how the presentation is structured and what topics will be discussed. Especially when the presentation is long and covers a wide scope, an agenda slide gives the audience an idea about the interesting topics that will come up and prevents the audience from getting lost in the middle of the presentation.
From a speaker’s perspective, preparing the agenda slide is a good practice to structure the presentation. The speaker will need to consider the information they want to convey in each slide and whether it supports the topic and the main thesis.
Through this practice, the speaker will be able to get rid of unnecessary or less informative content and communicate information with the audience more efficiently.
Steps to Create an Agenda Slide
The agenda slide of a presentation can be created before the rest of the content is ready, serving as an outline that the speaker can follow to structure the presentation. It can also be done in the final step as a summary of the topics and takeaways.
A well-designed agenda slide will provide the proper amount of information. If the slide contains too many details and subsections, it may dampen the audience’s interest.
Microsoft PowerPoint provides agenda slide templates where you can easily type in the content. You can also create your own slide with a few simple steps.
1. Insert text boxes and type in the title and content
Instead of a plain text box, you can insert a “SmartArt” graphic under the “Insert” tab. It provides a set of well-formatted text boxes and shapes that can show the process flow, relationships, hierarchy, and so on of a group of items. It is suggested to use the “List” type for agenda slides.
2. Add visual designs
The agenda slide is typically the first slide that the audience sees after the cover page, so it is important to make the slide eye-catching. It can be done by inserting a background picture and using icons and shapes in the topic list panel.
3. Add hyperlinks
Hyperlinks allow the user to navigate to the relevant slide by simply clicking on the topic while in presentation mode. To insert a hyperlink, you right-click the selected text and choose “Hyperlink.” A dialog box will then appear, and you can go to the “This Document” tab and choose the page that you would like to link to.
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