PowerPoint: Do’s and Don’ts
Keep it Simple <ul><li>This slide is extremely hard to read. </li></ul><ul><li>The background is too obnoxious and there a...
Slide Design <ul><li>Don’t use design templates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customize your own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Au...
Colors <ul><li>Do pick contrasting neutral colors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid neon colors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dark room...
Dark Background <ul><li>Example of dark background </li></ul><ul><li>Use light text on dark background </li></ul>
Light Background <ul><li>Example of light background </li></ul><ul><li>Use dark text on light background </li></ul>
Fonts & Text <ul><li>Do limit presentation to 2-3 fonts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use sans-serif for titles/headings </li></ul...
Content <ul><li>Do limit text on each slide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Six by six rule </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t use sentenc...
Pictures & Graphics <ul><li>Do use pictures for enhancement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worth more than 1,000 words </li></ul></...
Sounds & Movement <ul><li>Don’t use obnoxious animations or transitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only pick from Basic or Subt...
Consistency <ul><li>Do keep slides consistent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Same fonts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Same background/...
Unique <ul><li>Do make your PowerPoint unique </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all </li></ul></ul>
Presentation <ul><li>Don’t rely on PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interact with the audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Keep it Simple <ul><li>Colors </li></ul><ul><li>Animations/Transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Content ...
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Power Point Dos & Donts

  1. 1. PowerPoint: Do’s and Don’ts
  2. 2. Keep it Simple <ul><li>This slide is extremely hard to read. </li></ul><ul><li>The background is too obnoxious and there are too many words. </li></ul><ul><li>There are too many different fonts and colors. </li></ul><ul><li>The animation is very distracting and over the top. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Slide Design <ul><li>Don’t use design templates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customize your own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use AutoShapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep backgrounds simple </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Colors <ul><li>Do pick contrasting neutral colors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid neon colors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dark room = dark background </li></ul><ul><li>Light room = light background </li></ul>
  5. 5. Dark Background <ul><li>Example of dark background </li></ul><ul><li>Use light text on dark background </li></ul>
  6. 6. Light Background <ul><li>Example of light background </li></ul><ul><li>Use dark text on light background </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fonts & Text <ul><li>Do limit presentation to 2-3 fonts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use sans-serif for titles/headings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use serif for body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid script fonts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do use 28-32 pt font sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Do limit fonts to 2-3 font sizes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Content <ul><li>Do limit text on each slide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Six by six rule </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t use sentences or periods </li></ul><ul><li>Do capitalize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First word of a bullet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each word in a title or heading </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Pictures & Graphics <ul><li>Do use pictures for enhancement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worth more than 1,000 words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use graphics and clipart sparingly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overly used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show lack of creativity </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Sounds & Movement <ul><li>Don’t use obnoxious animations or transitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only pick from Basic or Subtle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text should appear all at once </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid unnecessary sounds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distract from message </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Consistency <ul><li>Do keep slides consistent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Same fonts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Same background/design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Same transitions/animations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Same colors </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Unique <ul><li>Do make your PowerPoint unique </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Presentation <ul><li>Don’t rely on PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interact with the audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use other visual aids if appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do practice your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Do be sure your equipment works </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a backup plan ready </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Keep it Simple <ul><li>Colors </li></ul><ul><li>Animations/Transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures/Graphics </li></ul>
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