EmpoweringPowerPointCreating Effective Presentations
Most presentations  STINK
But…. PowerPoint isNOT the problem
NOT thepaint’s fault
NOT thecar’s fault
NOTPowerPoint’s fault
DesignGuidelines
PowerPoint shouldserve to illustrate your verbal presentation (Not replace or overwhelm it)
in short, useBIG images and few words
Civil War (1861- 1865)              United States of America                         vs.                Confederate States...
Large, high quality imagesare dynamic
Pixelated, low quality imagesare not.        Never stretch or distort an image
So, where can you getHigh Quality images?
An image that is 1024 x 768(or larger) will fill the entire slide. Minimizing it to fill a portion of the slide should not...
(adorable)
www.Flickr.com allows you to searchfor images with no copyright restrictions
www.MorgueFile.com  Contains free highresolution digital stockphotography for eithercorporate or public use
Keep your slidessimple & clean
Don’t Usecomplicated charts and   graphs
Percentage642                                                       Percentage0    Stuff                                 P...
20 Point Font30 Point Font, Minimum   40 Point Font 50 Point Font
Don’t use Illegible      Fonts!Don’t use Illegible      Fonts!
(and the same goes for animations)      …and whatever this is
Don’t usecomplex backgrounds.Remember,less is MORE
Pick acolor scheme & stick with it
Presentation Guidelines
Know your audience
Know your medium  Are they going to need to readyour presentation later (like this one)?     Just speaking live?     Use m...
Thoughtper slide
Your slides are not your presentationYou are!
Stand up Straight   SMILE  Speak louder  than normal Scan the room with your eyes
Skip the joke
don’t rely onnotes
Don’t                   read your                     slides** If you do, either you oryour slides are unnecessary
Don’t go   long
But don’t bechecking yourwatch
PRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICE
Handling Questions•   Smile while they are talking; be attentive•   Complement them and their question•   If you don’t hav...
Back up yourpresentation               Twice.
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
Empowering PowerPoint - Creating Effective Presentations
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When used correctly, PowerPoint can be an effective tool in creating great presentations. Too often, however, it is used very poorly.

While this leads many to disdain 'death by PowerPoint', following a few simple guidelines can ensure that your slides help rather than hinder your presentations

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  1. 1. EmpoweringPowerPointCreating Effective Presentations
  2. 2. Most presentations STINK
  3. 3. But…. PowerPoint isNOT the problem
  4. 4. NOT thepaint’s fault
  5. 5. NOT thecar’s fault
  6. 6. NOTPowerPoint’s fault
  7. 7. DesignGuidelines
  8. 8. PowerPoint shouldserve to illustrate your verbal presentation (Not replace or overwhelm it)
  9. 9. in short, useBIG images and few words
  10. 10. Civil War (1861- 1865) United States of America vs. Confederate States of America In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America; the other 25 states supported the federal government.
  11. 11. Large, high quality imagesare dynamic
  12. 12. Pixelated, low quality imagesare not. Never stretch or distort an image
  13. 13. So, where can you getHigh Quality images?
  14. 14. An image that is 1024 x 768(or larger) will fill the entire slide. Minimizing it to fill a portion of the slide should not affect the quality
  15. 15. (adorable)
  16. 16. www.Flickr.com allows you to searchfor images with no copyright restrictions
  17. 17. www.MorgueFile.com Contains free highresolution digital stockphotography for eithercorporate or public use
  18. 18. Keep your slidessimple & clean
  19. 19. Don’t Usecomplicated charts and graphs
  20. 20. Percentage642 Percentage0 Stuff Percentage Things Junk Widgets (and PowerPoint’s built-incharts are actually pretty nice)
  21. 21. 20 Point Font30 Point Font, Minimum 40 Point Font 50 Point Font
  22. 22. Don’t use Illegible Fonts!Don’t use Illegible Fonts!
  23. 23. (and the same goes for animations) …and whatever this is
  24. 24. Don’t usecomplex backgrounds.Remember,less is MORE
  25. 25. Pick acolor scheme & stick with it
  26. 26. Presentation Guidelines
  27. 27. Know your audience
  28. 28. Know your medium Are they going to need to readyour presentation later (like this one)? Just speaking live? Use minimal writing
  29. 29. Thoughtper slide
  30. 30. Your slides are not your presentationYou are!
  31. 31. Stand up Straight SMILE Speak louder than normal Scan the room with your eyes
  32. 32. Skip the joke
  33. 33. don’t rely onnotes
  34. 34. Don’t read your slides** If you do, either you oryour slides are unnecessary
  35. 35. Don’t go long
  36. 36. But don’t bechecking yourwatch
  37. 37. PRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICE
  38. 38. Handling Questions• Smile while they are talking; be attentive• Complement them and their question• If you don’t have the answer, admit it• It’s okay to refer back to your slides• Consider having back up Q and A slides
  39. 39. Back up yourpresentation Twice.

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