Floor test: this is a presenter’s trick. Print one sample slide. Place it on the floor at your feet. If you can read it easily, without “ocular” assistance, your audience can probably read your slides, too. No one likes to sit in a presentation in which the slides have text that is too small to see.
Never use a font smaller than 20 point! The font sizes 24 point or greater are even better.
Remember, one point is 1/72 of an inch.
When creating a group presentation, make sure that everyone on your team uses the same font style (PowerPoint’s default font, Arial).
You can use slide transitions and custom animation for bullets, if you want to; however avoid letting these “bells and whistles” overpower your information. Avoid linking to websites or audio files unless you are certain of a high-speed connection.
When presenting, if website modeling is required, open an Internet connection outside of your presentation that, if not working, will not affect your presentation because of “technical difficulties” which are not acceptable in a presentation.
In addition, set up the presentation so that you can “punt” if needed. This means embedding “screen shots” as hidden slides for use when there is no connection, like the example on the next slide, which is a “screen shot” of the site I mentioned before.
This can be done using the Print Screen key on your keyboard to capture the image that is on the screen and then selecting Edit > Paste to put the image on a slide (cropping and resizing if you wish).
Both your slides and your note cards, when you present in person, should contain only talking points , not sentences that you or your audience must read. The content of the slides and note cards should differ .
The slides are for your audience.
The note cards are for you.
You cannot maintain audience contact if you read the slides and audience members can do that themselves, so avoid “reading” the slide content.
Your comments should enhance , not repeat the slide content. Recast the point on the slide into your own terms to discuss it.
Look at your audience rather than the screen. A team member can run the presentation, or you can use a remote device.
I made a promise earlier in the presentation when I stated, “more on the script in a minute.” That means I still owe you, my audience, key information about your presentation.
How did I remember this several slides later? I gave myself a visual cue—the butterfly. When I saw it again on the last slide, it tripped my memory so that I would give you some very important information about a requirement for this presentation.
You can use a visual cue like this, that only you recognize; you may not have a slide or you may have a “hidden” slide that you can decide whether to show when you see the cue.
Presentation conclusions are done in a variety of ways:
Recap key points.
Describe the “next step” for the listeners. (For example, if you were delivering the information in a proposal through means of a presentation, if the audience is persuaded to say “yes” to the proposal, they would need to know what to do next.)