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  • -Top 10 slide tips article by Garr Reynolds
  • - Presentations should support what the speaker is saying and act as a supplement to the information presented
    - If slides are too busy, it distracts from the speaker’s message
    - Slides should have a lot of negative or white space
    - Less clutter on slides = more powerful message
  • -The best powerpoint slides will be meaningless without the narration of the speaker
    -Do not bore your audience with a slide full of text, they will be reading instead of listening to the speaker
    -The audience will benefit more from a handout with more detailed information on it to take away from the presentation than a copy of the slides
    -If a handout is involved, it should be given out AFTER the presentation
    -Lastly, NEVER read directly from a slide
  • -You may use animation on slides, but do so sparingly and professionally
    -Your audience will get bored if the presentation is full of slow moving animations
    -As a rule of thumb: use two to three different types of animations in the presentation, and do not put transitions between each slide
  • -Never use small graphics and stretch them, or clipart
    -Use unique images that your audience has not seen time after time
    -If you are not using your own photographs, be mindful of copyrighted images
    -using images of people in your presentation helps the audience connect on an emotional level
    -Decide if you want the image at the focus, or the background of the slide, this will determine the amount of text
  • -Keep a consistent visual theme throughout your presentation, but avoid using templates that the audience has seen before
    -Make your presentation unique- No two presentations should be alike!
    -Make your own templates
  • -Use the appropriate charts for the data you are trying to display
    -Pie Chart: percentages, no more than 4-6 slices with contrasting colors, highlight the most important slice by exploding the slice
    -Vertical Bar Chart: used to show changes over time, limit to 4-8 bars
    -Horizontal Bar Chart: used to compare quantities, limit to 4-8 bars
    -Line Chart: used to show trends, highlight if the change is positive or negative by adding a graphic such as an arrow
    -If you are using a chart of data, convert the information to a graph for your audience, it will be easier to understand
    -Keep it simple and to the point
  • -Be aware of the way you want to make your audience feel, color is emotional, different colors evoke different emotions
    -Cool colors (blues and greens) work best for backgrounds
    -Warm colors (oranges and reds) work best for objects in the foreground
    -The best slide color combination is a blue background with yellow text
    -Be aware of where you will be presenting and how the color will be effected
    -You do not need to be a color expert, but be aware of simple color tricks
  • -Use the same font set throughout your presentation
    -Use no more than two complementing fonts in the presentation (ex. Arial and Arial bold)
    -Know the difference between a serif font and a sans serif font
    -Use a sans serif font in your presentation
    -Use fonts that will be easy to read from the back of the room
  • -Use video and audio to show examples of what you are presenting on
    -Embed media into your presentation
    -DO NOT use cheesy sound effects found in powerpoint (ex. horn sound)
  • -Spend time organizing slides so the delivery will be easy to understand for the audience
    -Seeing all of your slides in order helps you to see the logical flow of the overall presentation
    -This also help you catch small mistakes that you may not see if you look at the slides one by one
  • Top 10 slide tips

    1. 1. Slide Tips Article by: Garr Reynolds source: tips/design/ Image Credit: Leo Reynolds- Top
    2. 2. KeepitSimple Image Credit: Nana B Agyei-
    3. 3. LimitText Image Credit: Leo Reynolds-
    4. 4. LimitEffects Image Credit: Robert Snache-
    5. 5. HighQualityGraphics Image Credit: Kevin Dooley-
    6. 6. AvoidPowerpointTemplates Image Credit: David Rabbit Wallace-
    7. 7. Simple Image Credit: Doug Belshaw-
    8. 8. ColorMatters Image Credit: Flightless Kiwi-
    9. 9. Image Credit: Ian Livesey- ChooseFontsWell
    10. 10. Image Credit: Jim Sneddon- UseMediaWisely
    11. 11. Image Credit: Evelyn Giggles- OrganizeyourSlides
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