Creating more Powerful PowerPoint Presentations

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PowerPoint presentations can be more effective by following basic web design usability principles.

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Creating more Powerful PowerPoint Presentations

  1. 1. Putting TogetherMore Powerful PowerPoint Presentations! Courtney Mlinar Fall 2008
  2. 2. Don’t focus onTechnology
  3. 3. Focus onLearning
  4. 4. Wired Generation:Constantly Connected
  5. 5. Left brain + right brain Visual + Verbal
  6. 6. Title = HeadlineMain Idea
  7. 7. Tell a Story
  8. 8. Avoid Overload
  9. 9. Example: Teeny-Weeny Text All Over the Slide!• An essential component of facilitating learning is understanding learners.• Learning styles, attitudes, approaches of your audience vary greatly.• Take these differences into account when designing courses or presentations.• Doing is more important than knowing.• Find new ways to meet student’s needs for service, immediacy, interactivity.• Balance the entertainment interests of your audience with their educational needs.
  10. 10. Understand Learning:• Style
  11. 11. Understand Learning:• Style• Attitude
  12. 12. Understand Learning• Style• Attitude• Approach
  13. 13. Audience Needs:• Service• Immediacy• Interactivity
  14. 14. Bite-sized Pieces
  15. 15. Too Big of a Bite = too much information
  16. 16. (Move Text Off-Screen) Narrate
  17. 17. Text Alone Is Not SufficientAll the time!
  18. 18. Use Words AndPictures
  19. 19. Or UsePictures Alone:
  20. 20. Or Use Text AsPictures:
  21. 21. Who am I?
  22. 22. Over 21
  23. 23. Under 65
  24. 24. What I Like:
  25. 25. RemoveEverything
  26. 26. That does not support TheMessage
  27. 27. Use Contrast:
  28. 28. Text:• Specific• Simple• Easy to Read
  29. 29. Voice•Active•Informal•First Person
  30. 30. Bullets•Easy to Read•Emphasize Points•Concise List
  31. 31. Break Text into Multiple Pages
  32. 32. Choose Font that Speaks:Arial Goudy Stout chickAt Least 32-point type size Palatino
  33. 33. Less is MoreDon’t use a lengthy transcript of what you are saying! Don’t use a lengthy transcript of what you are saying! Don’t use a lengthy transcript of what you are saying! Don’t use a lengthy transcript of what you are saying! Don’t use a lengthy transcript of what you are saying! Don’t use a lengthy transcript of what you are saying!
  34. 34. Remember your audience:
  35. 35. Special
  36. 36. Pressured
  37. 37. Sheltered
  38. 38. Informal
  39. 39. Curious
  40. 40. Appreciate you

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