Making PowerPoint Slides Avoiding the Pitfalls of Bad Slides
Tips to be Covered <ul><li>Outlines </li></ul><ul><li>Slide Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Colour </l...
Outline <ul><li>Make your 1 st  or 2 nd  slide an outline of your presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: previous slide </...
Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Use 1-2 slides per minute of your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Write in point form, not c...
Slide Structure - Bad <ul><li>This page contains too many words for a presentation slide.  It is not written in point form...
Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Show one point at a time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will help audience concentrate on what you ...
Slide Structure - Bad <ul><li>Do not use distracting animation </li></ul><ul><li>Do not go overboard with the animation </...
Fonts - Good <ul><li>Use at least an 18-point font </li></ul><ul><li>Use different size fonts for main points and secondar...
Fonts - Bad <ul><li>If you use a small font, your audience won’t be able to read what you have written </li></ul><ul><li>C...
Colour - Good <ul><li>Use a colour of font that contrasts sharply with the background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: blue font ...
Colour - Bad <ul><li>Using a font colour that does not contrast with the background colour is hard to read  </li></ul><ul>...
Background - Good <ul><li>Use backgrounds such as this one that are attractive but simple </li></ul><ul><li>Use background...
Background – Bad <ul><li>Avoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read from </li></ul><ul><li>Always be cons...
Graphs - Good <ul><li>Use graphs rather than just charts and words </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data in graphs is easier to compr...
Graphs - Bad
Graphs - Good
Graphs - Bad
Graphs - Bad <ul><li>Minor gridlines are unnecessary </li></ul><ul><li>Font is too small </li></ul><ul><li>Colours are ill...
Spelling and Grammar <ul><li>Proof your slides for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>speling mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the ...
Conclusion <ul><li>Use an effective and strong closing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your audience is likely to remember your last...
Questions?? <ul><li>End your presentation with a simple question slide to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite your audience to a...
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Three years after a failed buyout bid, technology heavyweight Microsoft (MSFT: 25.89, +0.55, +2.17%) is reportedly eyeing another run at struggling Internet company Yahoo! (YHOO: 15.92, +1.46, +10.10%). According to Reuters, Microsoft may decide to bring on a partner to go after Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo!, which has a number of potential suitors circling it after having ousted CEO Carol Bartz last month. Microsoft, which is headquartered in Redmond, Wash., could team up with a number of buyout shops, including Providence Equity Partners, Hellman &amp; Friedman and Silver Lake Partners, Reuters reported. China's Alibaba, which is partially owned by Yahoo!, and Russia technology investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, could also join Microsoft in the takeover effort, the wire service reported. The report sent shares of Yahoo! spiking more than 9% as it appeared to be the first time Microsoft was mentioned as a possible bidder for the company, which has lost serious Internet advertising market share in recent years to both Google (GOOG: 504.70, +2.80, +0.56%) and Facebook. Yahoo!'s stock was recently up 7.9% to $15.60, adding onto a four-week rally that has boosted it by more than 12%. However, Reuters reported Microsoft has not yet decided on making an offer for Yahoo! and there are internal divisions on the matter. Money would seemingly not be a major concern for Microsoft, which has more cash sitting on its balance sheet than almost any other technology company.  Under CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft made a splash in the M&amp;A world earlier this year by acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion -- a price tag that at the time was considered lofty. In 2008 months before the financial crisis sent stocks plummeting to multiyear lows, Microsoft offered to acquire Yahoo! for $44.6 billion. Yahoo!, which is now worth just over $18 billion, rejected the offer, saying it undervalued the company. Last month Yahoo! ousted Bartz, a former CEO of Autodesk (ADSK: 27.21, +1.13, +4.33%), amid frustration with the company's slow turnaround. According to published reports, a slew of companies are eyeing a bid for Yahoo!, including Alibaba and News Corp. (NWSA: 15.98, +0.44, +2.83%), which is the parent of FOX Business. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2011/10/05/microsoft-mulling-yahoo-bid-report/#ixzz1ZwOpJjss

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  1. 1. Making PowerPoint Slides Avoiding the Pitfalls of Bad Slides
  2. 2. Tips to be Covered <ul><li>Outlines </li></ul><ul><li>Slide Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Colour </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling and Grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Make your 1 st or 2 nd slide an outline of your presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: previous slide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow the order of your outline for the rest of the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Only place main points on the outline slide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Use the titles of each slide as main points </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Use 1-2 slides per minute of your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Write in point form, not complete sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Include 4-5 points per slide </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid wordiness: use key words and phrases only </li></ul>
  5. 5. Slide Structure - Bad <ul><li>This page contains too many words for a presentation slide. It is not written in point form, making it difficult both for your audience to read and for you to present each point. Although there are exactly the same number of points on this slide as the previous slide, it looks much more complicated. In short, your audience will spend too much time trying to read this paragraph instead of listening to you. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Show one point at a time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will help audience concentrate on what you are saying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will prevent audience from reading ahead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will help you keep your presentation focused </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Slide Structure - Bad <ul><li>Do not use distracting animation </li></ul><ul><li>Do not go overboard with the animation </li></ul><ul><li>Be consistent with the animation that you use </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fonts - Good <ul><li>Use at least an 18-point font </li></ul><ul><li>Use different size fonts for main points and secondary points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>this font is 24-point, the main point font is 28-point, and the title font is 36-point </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fonts - Bad <ul><li>If you use a small font, your audience won’t be able to read what you have written </li></ul><ul><li>CAPITALIZE ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use a complicated font </li></ul>
  10. 10. Colour - Good <ul><li>Use a colour of font that contrasts sharply with the background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: blue font on white background </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use colour to reinforce the logic of your structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: light blue title and dark blue text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use colour to emphasize a point </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But only use this occasionally </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Colour - Bad <ul><li>Using a font colour that does not contrast with the background colour is hard to read </li></ul><ul><li>Using colour for decoration is distracting and annoying . </li></ul><ul><li>Using a different colour for each point is unnecessary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a different colour for secondary points is also unnecessary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>T r y i n g t o b e c r e a t i v e c a n a l s o b e b a d </li></ul>
  12. 12. Background - Good <ul><li>Use backgrounds such as this one that are attractive but simple </li></ul><ul><li>Use backgrounds which are light </li></ul><ul><li>Use the same background consistently throughout your presentation </li></ul>
  13. 13. Background – Bad <ul><li>Avoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read from </li></ul><ul><li>Always be consistent with the background that you use </li></ul>
  14. 14. Graphs - Good <ul><li>Use graphs rather than just charts and words </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data in graphs is easier to comprehend & retain than is raw data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trends are easier to visualize in graph form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always title your graphs </li></ul>
  15. 15. Graphs - Bad
  16. 16. Graphs - Good
  17. 17. Graphs - Bad
  18. 18. Graphs - Bad <ul><li>Minor gridlines are unnecessary </li></ul><ul><li>Font is too small </li></ul><ul><li>Colours are illogical </li></ul><ul><li>Title is missing </li></ul><ul><li>Shading is distracting </li></ul>
  19. 19. Spelling and Grammar <ul><li>Proof your slides for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>speling mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the use of of repeated words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grammatical errors you might have make </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If English is not your first language, please have someone else check your presentation! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Use an effective and strong closing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your audience is likely to remember your last words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use a conclusion slide to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize the main points of your presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggest future avenues of research </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Questions?? <ul><li>End your presentation with a simple question slide to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite your audience to ask questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a visual aid during question period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid ending a presentation abruptly </li></ul></ul>
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