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10 Top Tips for PowerPoint (Ignite style presentation)



A five minute presentation in the Ignite format. Covers my Top 10 Tips for Powerpoint. (Built using 2003 version, but examples will work in newer versions too). ...

A five minute presentation in the Ignite format. Covers my Top 10 Tips for Powerpoint. (Built using 2003 version, but examples will work in newer versions too).
Includes tips on using presenter view, videos and pictures, bullet points and infographics. Covers my four 'P's of presenting.
Delivered using the Ignite format, a five-minute presentation using 20 slides that automatically advance after 15 seconds. Sorry, the animations won't work properly in this slideshare format).



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  • Tips and tricks for Powerpoint Presentation Assume a working knowledge of PowerPoint (not a 101) Will be covering 10 Tips Leave questions to end Will demo in detail after Ignite if people want.
  • Train on presentation skills I do a bit of speaking and presentations around Australia Some great speakers, a lot of bad ones Image by Bob Smith via http:// www.sxc.hu/profile/brainloc available at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/201896
  • Clear way of presenting data Infographics Jerry Seinfeld reportedly once got a big laugh when he joked about a survey that found that the fear of public speaking ranks higher in most people's minds than the fear of death. "In other words," he said, "at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.“ Statistics from Lucas, S. The Art of Public Speaking: Sixth Edition ; Boston: McGraw Hill. 1998
  • Follow the three Ps of presentation: Planning Practice Preparation Image by CFI02 available at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1257552
  • Start with paper, much easier to map it out Think about What do you want your audience to do differently?
  • Run through with others (family, colleagues) Talk to points, not script Run a spell check Stick to your time (Better over than under) Image by 25Pics available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/25pics/865376029/
  • Ask for people to guess it… Image by Agata Urbaniak available at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1059930
  • Do your formatting only once White on dark (Still easy for people to print in reverse – Pure B&W) Can copy the style from an existing presso
  • Be careful with copyright and licensing Resize on corner handles only Reduce file size using the “compress pictures” in the save-as menu Image by KK+ available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/14443265/
  • Insert ->Movies and Sounds ->Movie from File Choose a WMV (Windows Media) Make sure it plays Put a shortcut to the video on the desktop, just in case…
  • And save fonts, make smaller
  • Saves you having to fiddle around with the begin presentation button!
  • Presenter view option many people don’t know or use Slideshow menu  Set up show
  • One of my earlier slides, this is what I was looking at Thumbnails Slide Notes What’s up next

10 Top Tips for PowerPoint (Ignite style presentation) 10 Top Tips for PowerPoint (Ignite style presentation) Presentation Transcript

  • 10 Top Tips for PowerPoint Unless indicated otherwise, content in this presentation is licensed by @ darrenwhitelaw : justice.vic
  • Let’s start with a look at what I’m going to cover… Power Powerpoint
  • A few handy tricks can be worth their weight in gold!
  • TIP #1 Present meaningful and clear data
    • Planning
    • Practice
    • Preparation.
  • P lanning saves you time
  • P ractice makes perfect
  • P reparation saves red faces
    • Get there early
    • Bring a backup
    • Hard copy too
    • Don’t assume internet
    • Copy fonts.
  • But I reckon there’s a fourth P… P imp out your presso!
  • Use master slides to save you time TIP #2
  • Use bullet points sparingly
    • No more than five per page
    • Keep lines short
    • Line spacing helps
    • Less is more – few syllables
    • Full stop end of last point.
    TIP #3
  • A picture tells a thousand words TIP #4
    • Really Ugly fonts
    • Crazy colours
    • Tacky transitions
    • Flying animations
    Don’t do tricks just because you know how to
    • Clipart
    • Moving things.
    TIP #5
  • Insert video properly TIP #6
  • Save all files together using ‘Package for CD’ TIP #7
  • Save as a PPT show (.PPS) TIP #8
  • Save as a PPT show (.PPS) TIP #8
  • Presenter view lets you read your notes TIP #9
  • Presenter view lets you read your notes TIP #9
    • Give the tips a try
    • Follow the four ‘P’s
    • Faster and Easier.
  • TIP #10 End with a blank slide
  • Whew! That’s it… questions?
  • Re-using this presentation? The fine print…
    • Parts of this presentation not under copyright or licensed to others (as indicated) have been made available under the Creative Commons Licence 2.5
    • Put simply, this means:
      • you are free to share, copy and distribute this work
      • you can remix and adapt this work
    • Under the following conditions
      • you must attribute the work to the author:
      • Darren Whitelaw ( http://twitter.com/darrenwhitelaw )
      • you must share alike – so if you alter or build upon this work you have to keep these same conditions
    • Unless stated otherwise, the information in this presentation is the personal view of the author and does not represent official policy or position of his employer.