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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. ...

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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    • 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 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.
    • 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 affect the quality
    • (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 Percentage Things Junk Widgets (and PowerPoint’s built-incharts are actually pretty nice)
    • 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 minimal writing
    • 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 have the answer, admit it• It’s okay to refer back to your slides• Consider having back up Q and A slides
    • Back up yourpresentation Twice.