People are more interested in what you have to say rather than what is on your slide. There should be plenty of “white space” on your slides.
By only having one idea per slide it keeps the focus of the viewers on what you are saying instead of reading what else is written on your slide.
Limit the bullet points and text on your slide. This sort of goes with the one idea per slide in the sense that by limiting the amount of text you have on your slide, you can gain the focus from your audience.
Some transitions and builds are good for an effect and excitement, but too many can be distracting. If you choose to have transitions, choose the same one for each slide.
Always use high quality graphics when placing pictures on your slide. Never stretch a small picture to fit the screen because this lowers the resolution and makes your presentation look sloppy.
Using Clip Art is not a good idea. It looks very cartoon-ish and non professional. Also, people have seen clip art numerous times and they would be much more interested to see something different.
Again, to avoid repetition, you should create your own theme and color scheme for your presentation. Your audience has most likely see the same template over and over again, so to catch their attention, create you own theme.
Keeping the graphs simple is better. Explain the graph in your own words to your audience to catch their attention more. Limit your slices to no more than 6.
Color evokes feelings and can create emotion within your presentation. There are cool colors and warm colors so choose wisely what mood you want to set with the colors on each slide.
Know the difference between serif and san serif fonts. Serif fonts are said to be lost in presentations due to the low resolution in projection screens. San Serif fonts are better for presentations.
Use Audio and/or video when necessary to further display the message you are trying to give. This will not only enhance your point, but it will change up the pace and add variety in your presentation to keep the attention of the audience.
You do not want to start making your presentation at the last minute. Ensure yourself with enough time by starting to plan out what you will be doing once you know you have to give a presentation.
It is extremely important knowing ahead of time how long you are expected to present for. Knowing this will help you prepare how in depth you need your information to be.
People love to hear stories, so if you can tell your story with passion, your audience will remember your presentation more than others.
Be passionate and enthusiastic about your topic. If you are not, how do you expect your audience to be listening with attentiveness? You need to be able to connect with your audience in an exciting way.
Remember that connecting to your audience is key to giving a good presentation. The best way to connect is to scan the whole audience to make it seem like you are talking to everyone to personally connect with the whole crowd.
Speak at a good volume with good inflection changes so everyone in the audience can hear. Do not over-do it, but make sure you have and can keep the attention of your audience.
Presentation Delivery and Design
Presentation Delivery and Design
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