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Effective Power Point


rules on how to make effective power point presentation slides

rules on how to make effective power point presentation slides

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  • Don’t concentrate on the look of your slides so much. Simple is better.
  • Reading the screen
  • You are making a compromise between understanding and overload.


  • 1. Effective PowerPoint Get Your Message Across
  • 2. Effective PowerPoint
    • Be Seen
      • Make sure your text is big enough
      • This is 28 point Arial
      • Anything below 24 points is too small
  • 3. Effective PowerPoint Use contrasting color schemes (design templates) ‏ These colors contrast These colors don’t contrast These colors contrast (harder to read?) ‏ These colors don’t contrast These colors contrast (harder to read?) ‏
  • 4. Effective PowerPoint
    • Be Clear
      • Use a sans-serif font (Arial, Verdana ) ‏
      • Serif fonts are harder to read on-screen
      • Italics are harder to read on-screen
      • Use bold or color for emphasis
  • 5. Effective PowerPoint
    • Simple is best
      • Basic light colored background and dark text
      • Avoid distracting images
      • Limit transitions, animations, and sound effects
      • Don’t get hung up on looks
  • 6. Effective PowerPoint
    • Plan
      • Plan Ahead (remember your purpose) ‏
      • Plan Carefully (get it under control) ‏
      • Plan for Disaster (next mouse click?) ‏
  • 7. Effective PowerPoint
    • Don’t read your screen
      • Remember, PowerPoint presentations shouldn’t be used as cue cards. Bullet points should prompt you. Besides, your audience will read faster than you will talk. Plus your back will be them. Which leads to the next point…
  • 8. Effective PowerPoint
    • Avoid long sentences
      • 6 words per line
      • 6 lines per slide
      • Understanding vs. Overload
  • 9. Effective PowerPoint Use images to communicate…
  • 10. Effective PowerPoint … Not to decorate
  • 11. Effective PowerPoint
    • Always save to the hard disk
      • Floppies/Zip disks stink
      • Periodically save to network
      • USB “Flash” drives are great!
  • 12. Effective PowerPoint
    • Use PowerPoint Shows
      • Bypass the PowerPoint Interface
      • File > Save As… PowerPoint Show
      • File name ends in .pps
  • 13. Don’t be afraid!
  • 14. Who needs bullets?
  • 15. Don’t use PowerPoint as a crutch
  • 16. Simple. Remember?
  • 17. Effective PowerPoint
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