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A brief break down of effective PowerPoint presentations.

A brief break down of effective PowerPoint presentations.

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  • Prescription for Pithy
    Mr. C’s
    PowerPoint Presentations
  • Pithy
    Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief; Concise and full of meaning; succinctly well-argued; Of, like, or abounding in pith
    Source: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pithy
  • Contents
    Design & Colors
    Text
    Parallel Structure
    Images
    Animations
    Presenting Tips
  • Designs & Colors
    Choose designs that do not distract from your text
    Choose colors for your background and text that can easily be read
  • What not to do
    Reading this text is not easy for all audience members
    Presenting with this background can distract from the text and make the screen cluttered and unreadable
    YOUR MESSAGE WILL NOT BE RECEIVED!
  • What nottodo
    Combining bright/clashing text with bright/clashing backgrounds or pictures strains the eye
    Causing discomfort will not make your presentation effective
  • Text
    Text should be:
    Short
    Clear
    3-5 lines per slide (ideally)
    PITHY!
  • What not to do:
    “Projected slides are a good medium for depicting an idea graphically or providing an overview. They are a poor medium for detail and reading. Avoid paragraphs, quotations and even complete sentences. Limit your slides to five lines of text and use words and phrases to make your points. The audience will be able to digest and retain key points more easily. Don’t use your slides as speaker’s notes or to simply project an outline of your presentation.”
    Source: The Seven Deadly Sins of PowerPoint Presentations
  • What not to do:
  • Parallel Structure
    Sentence structured to convey equal weight to all of your points
    Usually used in presentations, resumes, business letters
  • Examples of Parallel Structure
    What not to do:
    Prepared weekly field payroll
    Material purchasing, expediting, and returning
    Recording OSHA regulated documentation
    Change orders
    Maintained hard copies of field documentation
    Source: Purdue OWL
  • What to do:
    Prepared weekly field payroll
    Handled material purchasing, expediting, and returning
    Recorded OSHA regulated documentation
    Processed change orders
    Maintained hard copies of field documentation
    Examples of Parallel Structure
    Source: Purdue OWL
  • Images
  • What not to do
  • What not to do
  • Animations
    Should not distract
    Should be used sparingly
    Should facilitate transitions between slides
    When in doubt, do not use animations!
  • Presenting Tips
    A PowerPoint presentation:
    should be a visual aide, not a visual distraction!
    should not be read from during the presentation!
    should only include key points
  • the end