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Professional Skills - Powerpoint Skills (Handout)


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This is a handout for a presentation given to palliative care fellows for the KUMC Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

This is a handout for a presentation given to palliative care fellows for the KUMC Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

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  • 1. Professional Skills – PowerPoint Skills Workshop
    Presented August 20, 2009
    Audience: University of Kansas Medical Center Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
    Location: Kansas City Hospice House
    Presenter: Christian Sinclair, MD –
    DISCLAIMER: The information contained within is supplemental to a live presentation.
    COPYRIGHT: There is text which is being used under fair use for educational purposes and not for commercial value. They are referenced accordingly and should not be further distributed without proper attribution.
    INFORMATION BEGINS ON SECOND PAGEProfessional Skills – PowerPoint Skills Workshop
    Handout – Page 1/2
    Created by: Christian Sinclair, MD –
    Understand evidence-based slide design for constructing presentations
    Increase confidence in using technology appropriately for education
    Rehabilitate three slides during the session using tactics taught during the session
    • Constructing professional slides
    • 2. Optimizing graphics
    • 3. Working with video
    • 4. Implementing a pre-show
    • 5. Tips for the talk
    • 6. Handouts: Before, during or after?
    • 7. Post-presentation
    Transcript vs. Teleprompter vs. Presentation
    Constructing Professional Slides:
    5 & 5 rule
    Five lines
    Five words per line
    Avoid fancy type styles – Serif vs. Sans Serif
    Be consistent
    Limited palette
    Grey out/ghosting
    Avoid red and green in same slide
    Use dark shades/contrast
    Do a fast visual scan
    Look for consistency:
    Of titles
    Of font size
    Of graphics.
    Of colors,
    Of punctuation
    Of citations
    Choose a style
    Maintain consistency
    Avoid citation in the title
    Author, title, journal, year
    Place in a text box
    Think Like a Designer
    Other Tips
    Simple bullets
    Don’t Overuse Capital Letters
    Title Case Is All Caps First
    Body case looks like this
    Avoid animated text
    Inches of monitor = Feet away to be legible
    Use a remote device if available
    Dim the lights, but not off
    Think about contrast of colors
    Classic Image Blunders:
    • Image too small
    • 8. Image randomly placed
    • 9. Image almost full screen but not quite
    • 10. Poor quality/pixelated
    • 11. Contains watermark
    • 12. Distorted
    • 13. Tiled image
    • 14. Clip art
    • 15. Lame
    • 16. Overlay text is hard to read
    • 17. Five Data Slide Rules:
    Tell the truth
    Get to the point
    Pick the right tool for the job
    Highlight what’s important
    Keep it simple
    General Tips
    Copy figures and tables from PDF’s
    Use MWSnap or ‘Print Screen’ button
    Make your tables in Excel
    Copy using MWSnap
    Make your own figures and tables
    Include logo on the bumper slides only
    Know the boundaries of projection
    Safe area – 5-10% edge
    Ghosting or reveal
    Link to the web
    Select text to be linked then ‘Ctrl+K’
    Importing Movies:
    Multiple formats supported
    Look for AVI, WMV (Not QT)
    >Movies and Sounds
    >Movie from file
    Backup plan for sound
    Or have DVD cued
    Importing Sounds:
    Multiple formats supported
    Look for MP3
    >Movies and Sounds
    >Sound from file
    Have backup plan for sound
    Choice to play automatically
    Making a Pre-Show
    Like the movies
    Or both
    Best if made into a separate slide show
    Combine pictures and text
    Don’t forget to include on a few slides:
    Title of talk
    Your name, credentials
    Your organization
    How to make a pre-show
    Set to loop
    >Slide Show
    >Set Up Show
    >Loop continuously until ‘Esc’
    >Slide Transition
    >Automatically after: (usually 5-10 sec)
    >Apply to all
    Tip During the Presentation
    Working with multiple windows
    Running a presentation from the start
    Running a presentation from current slide
    ‘Shift + F5’
    During a presentation
    B = black screen
    W = white screen
    Writing on screen = ‘Ctrl+P’
    Back to arrow = ‘Ctrl+A’
    Erase marks = ‘E’
    Go to a slide number = ‘number’ + ‘Enter’
    End a slideshow ‘Esc’
    Wireless control
    Gain mobility, Security blanket, +/- Laser pointer, Get your own
    Back-ups and other computers
    Jump/USB/thumb drive
    PPT vs. PPTX compatibility
    Upload to Slideshare or Scribd
    Bring your own computer
    Compatibility issues with more complex talks
    Handouts: before or after?
    Web resources for good presentations:
    Slide:ology Book and Blog:
    Six Minutes
    TED: Ideas worth spreading
    Presentation Zen