How to make an Effective PowerPoint Presentation By: MichelleCorso
APPEARANCE Make sure there is contrast! Colors that aresimilarcan strain the eyes Keep the theme and word colors simple Having toomany colors can distract the audience
Do Pick readable font Keep font consistent It can be distracting tochange it constantly Align appropriately Misalignment can cause confusion DoN’t Use paragraphs. This can cause clutter on the screen and distract your audience. Write too much information. Keep it simple and speak about one thing at a time. Text
IMAGES But… You can… 1) Use more images than text.. 2) Use images to reinforce your point.. 3) Give the audience a visual example… 1) Use them carefully, it can distract audience. 2) Don’t use them to decorate! 3) Explain how it correlates with your text.
KISS! Keep It Straight and Simple K I S S Keywords only! No sentences! No paragraphs! Never read your slides! Learn your slides and speak freely!
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Transitions Keep it simple Too much can be distracting The faster the better-don’t keep the audience waiting! Know your audiences maturity level, plan accordingly Animations Use SPARINGLY You want audience to listen to the presenter, not watch the moving text! Its hard for the audience to read because they need to wait for the words to STOP in order to read.
SUMMARY KEEP IT SIMPLE Less is more Don’t clutter the slide, with images or text it can be distracting! KNOW YOUR PRESENTATION Do not read straight from the slides Use the PowerPoint to refer back to in order to reinforce your point, not to explain your position STAY FOCUSED Speak only about topics presented on your slides Allow audience to ask questions at the end of the presentation, not during!
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