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A few tips on things to avoid in Powerpoint use

A few tips on things to avoid in Powerpoint use

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  • 1. Powerpoint Perspectives A Personal View on Problematic Presentations
  • 2. Objectives
    • This powerpoint works to illlustrate directly some of the potential perils and pitfalls of Powerpoint as a presenting tool.
    • As with everything, use your own best judgment about what makes sense in your particular situation….
  • 3. Subtle messages
    • What do these little images on the left convey to your audience?
    • Are you rushed? Is time moving too slowly? Do you have too much work to do? How is the presentation itself creating a space, an atmosphere, a mood?
  • 4. Slide Layouts
    • Layouts and colors may be distracting and irrelevant
    • Decorative (?), but might detract from rather than add to your presentation
    • Hundreds of unattractive, distracting layouts available – this does not mean you need to use them
  • 5. Check your text
    • AUdeinces are fairly unforgiving about misspellings and typos
    • Try to avvoid carelessness
  • 6. Don’t overuse ‘special effects’
    • Though they can serve a purpose, effects are often distracting.
    • They become tedious and can make your audience carsick
    And even if you thought it was cute, others might see it differently…
  • 7. Be thoughtful about fonts
    • Some fonts are too emotional
    • Some text is written too small
    • A 28-pt Sans Serif font is often recommended.
  • 8. Be attentive to use of language and punctuation
    • Chillin’ with snax!!!!!!!
    • Though you may want to speak informally, a more positive impression is often made by a somewhat formal and professional tone in the written text.
  • 9. Don’t put too much text or prose on a slide
    • Slides are meant to illustrate a point or hold the main points of a discussion. As such they are not intended to be written as text offering one or more prose paragraphs on the slide. If an audience sees an entire paragraph written in sentence form on a slide, it can be overwhelming. If the presenter then proceeds to simply stand at the screen and read the paragraph off the slide, one begins to wonder why the presenter is even there at all. Why not just mail me the handouts or an article. Think of the presentation as more of a conversation, and think of the slide as more of a floating illustration or reminder. Work hard to use your voice to be interesting and avoid reading the slide text out loud unless it is being done deliberately to emphasize a point or an aspect of the language. The reading pace and listening pace of the brain are often quite different, and having these two thing happen simultaneously can diminish the effectiveness of both of them.
  • 10. Images can be valuable Stunning images are arguably the most powerful aspect of Powerpoint
  • 11. But images can also be overloaded, confusing
  • 12. Avoid generic clipart
  • 13. Don’t use graphs or images that you can’t fully explain!
  • 14. You are the Presentation
    • Hone your public speaking skills, work from the power of your Presence.
    • Use powerpoint as a background illustrator, not the “main event.”
    • Engage your audience to the fullest extent possible at every moment.