Building a Good Presentation
Before starting, consider:
Who is my audience?
What do I want to communicate?
What is my BIG take-away message?
How do I want to organize my presentation?
Two Kinds of Power Points
Tutorial or Notes for Later
Presentation for Now
You want people to view your slides as
You are giving a presentation that
requires photos, graphs, and other images
to support it.
Ways to Use Power Point
In the classroom:
Slide shows of baby photos,
weddings, vacations, other life
You don’t have to use just sentence fragments.
You don’t have to use bullets.
But please, don’t write an essay.
Want to see a GREAT Power Point?
If you’ve ever sat through a Power Point presentation, you
might find that some people type all the words they’re going
to say on the slide, and then they read them word for word.
This is really not the point of Power Point, nor is it the point of
any type of presentation!
Plus, it’s really annoying to read all the words on the screen.
Don’t you think so?
Let me know if you disagree.
It might help me make a better presentation in the future.
• Using images to decorate your slide
• Makes it look cluttered and unprofessional
Silly transitions and animation—They look
Remember your audience! Keep it
professional, not distracting
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Our largest expense was personnel
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Our third largest expense was consulting
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What images do you have the right to use?
• Images you take yourself
• Clip art from Power Point
• Creative Commons Images, with attribution
• Check out:
• Images from morgueFile
• Check out: http://morguefile.com/
Using contrasting colors instead of
colors that are too similar
Which of these are good ideas?
Writing exactly what you want to say on
Practicing before your presentation
Using lots of pictures on every slide
Citing the sources of your images and
Demonstrating information with graphs
Using as many animations and transitions
as humanly possible
Upcoming Computer Classes
Introduction to Word
Files and Folders
For more information, ask at the Reference Desk!
Library photos, courtesy of Glenview Public Library
Presentation photo, courtesy of Maxim Bouev
Before and After Disaster Photo, courtesy of FEMA
Ways to Use Power Point photo, courtesy of United States Marine Corps