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Power Point Dos & Donts

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