How to use ChatGPT to create PowerPoint presentations

Using AI tools to create presentations


ChatGPT has become one of the fastest growing products of all time, and now every productivity tool and workflow is being transformed by AI. Many PowerPoint and Google Slides users are looking for ways to leverage ChatGPT and AI in their day-to-day work, and creating presentations is a great starting point to use AI.

Here is a short guide on how to use ChatGPT to create presentations in PowerPoint and Google Slides.

Can I use ChatGPT to create a PowerPoint presentation?

The short answer is no, you cannot use ChatGPT to create a PowerPoint presentation. ChatGPT can only generate text, so it cannot assemble slides with text, images, and charts in different layouts.

The longer answer is yes, ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can help users create presentations. However, it requires a two-step process where ChatGPT is used to generate some of the content for the presentation while a tool like Plus places the content onto slides.

Benefits of using ChatGPT for presentations

Using ChatGPT to create presentations can be helpful for people who are making presentations for many different reasons:

  • It can save users a lot of time by quickly generating a first draft of content
  • People almost always prefer to start with some content than with a blank slate
  • AI can provide unique perspectives and a wide variety of ideas
  • Using an AI tool will likely help ensure consistency of styles and formatting
  • Last but not least, it helps people focus on the important part of a presentation: storytelling and communicating ideas, not the boring work of creating slides!

How to create a PowerPoint presentation using ChatGPT

Step 1: Open ChatGPT and ask for the outline of a presentation

When asking GPT for the outline of the presentation, make sure to specify things like the topic of the slide deck, the audience for the slide deck, the creator of the slide deck, and add notes if there are certain items you would like to include no matter what.

Step 2: Make any adjustments to the presentation as necessary

After reviewing the output from ChatGPT, see if there are any missing pieces or opportunities to present more information to enhance the slide deck. In this example, where a user is asking for a sales deck, it might be helpful to include a case study to demonstrate the effectiveness of the product.

Step 3: Copy and paste the ChatGPT output into Plus AI

Install the Plus add-on and open the "New presentation with Plus AI" window. Copy and paste the presentation outline from ChatGPT and click the Generate button.

Step 4: Make adjustments to the outline

After parsing the input, Plus will convert it into an outline of a slide deck, and these are the specific slides that will be created in the final presentation. If there are any changes to slide orders or titles, you can change them now before the slides themselves are created.

Step 5: Review the slide deck and AI outputs

Now Plus will produce a completed slide deck that can be edited in Google Slides like a normal slide deck. Flip through to make sure the content is reasonable and pay particular attention to things like style (easy to fix) and hallucinations (easy to miss) that you may need to correct.

Step 6: Make final tweaks to the deck (using AI and by hand)

AI can produce a fantastic starting point for a presentation, but it is unlikely to give you a 100% completed product. When using Plus, it will give you "tips" on each slide with suggestions like "Add a customer quote" that may require a human touch. You can also continue to use Plus AI's presentation tools to convert slides to new layouts, rewrite content, and edit the theme of the presentation.

Step 7: Export to PowerPoint or share the Google Slides link

If you'd like to share your presentation as a PowerPoint attachment, click File -> Download -> Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx). If you'd like to share as a Google Slides presentation, just click Share and send it like you would send a normal Google Slides deck.

Tips for using AI to create presentations

  • Make sure your prompts have the right level of specificity - Make sure to include the goal, audience, creator, and specific things you would like to include.
  • Understand the potential and limitations of AI - AI is prone to hallucination and maybe limited in how it can access up-to-date data. Make sure to check facts and figures
  • Figure out your AI workflow - AI is a set of tools that can help you get work done faster and smarter, but there are many different ways to use it. In this presentation example, some people may prefer to start with an existing deck and use AI to rewrite it, while some people might prefer to start from a new AI presentation every time
  • Zoom out and focus on what's important - AI gives everyone a personal business assistant to do the boring, repetitive work. This gives you the freedom to think at the 10,000 foot level about the goals of the presentation and what you want to communicate!

What are the best AI presentation makers?

We've reviewed the best AI presentation makers for different types of users here. While Plus is the best tool for professional presentations for users who already work in Google Slides or PowerPoint, there are several other options for slide writers who are looking for different storytelling options.

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