PowerPoint:
Do’s and Don’ts
Keep it Simple
This slide is extremely hard to
read.
 The background is too obnoxious and there are too many
words.
o Th...
Slide Design
•Don’t use design templates
– Customize your own
– Use AutoShapes
– Keep backgrounds simple
Colors
•Do pick contrasting neutral colors
– Avoid neon colors
•Dark room = dark background
•Light room = light background
Dark Background
•Example of dark background
•Use light text on dark background
Light Background
•Example of light background
•Use dark text on light background
Fonts & Text
•Do limit presentation to 2-3 fonts
– Use sans-serif for titles/headings
– Use serif for body
– Avoid script ...
Content
•Do limit text on each slide
– Six by six rule
•Don’t use sentences or periods
•Do capitalize
– First word of a bu...
Pictures & Graphics
•Do use pictures for enhancement
– Worth more than 1,000 words
•Use graphics and clipart sparingly
– O...
Sounds & Movement
•Don’t use obnoxious animations or
transitions
– Only pick from Basic or Subtle
– Text should appear all...
Consistency
•Do keep slides consistent
– Same fonts
– Same background/design
– Same transitions/animations
– Same colors
Unique
•Do make your PowerPoint unique
– You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all
Presentation
•Don’t rely on PowerPoint
– Interact with the audience
– Use other visual aids if appropriate
•Do practice yo...
Keep it Simple
•Colors
•Animations/Transitions
•Sounds
•Content
•Pictures/Graphics
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Powerpoint dos-donts =D

  1. 1. PowerPoint: Do’s and Don’ts
  2. 2. Keep it Simple This slide is extremely hard to read.  The background is too obnoxious and there are too many words. o There are too many different fonts and colors. The animation is very distracting and over the top.  
  3. 3. Slide Design •Don’t use design templates – Customize your own – Use AutoShapes – Keep backgrounds simple
  4. 4. Colors •Do pick contrasting neutral colors – Avoid neon colors •Dark room = dark background •Light room = light background
  5. 5. Dark Background •Example of dark background •Use light text on dark background
  6. 6. Light Background •Example of light background •Use dark text on light background
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. Consistency •Do keep slides consistent – Same fonts – Same background/design – Same transitions/animations – Same colors
  12. 12. Unique •Do make your PowerPoint unique – You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all
  13. 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. 14. Keep it Simple •Colors •Animations/Transitions •Sounds •Content •Pictures/Graphics
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