10 Powerpoint Presentation Tips


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A presentation that summarizes Garr Reynolds' top ten presentation tips in ten slides.

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  • Leave what you want to say here and not on the slide
  • Limit bullet points & Text- Aim for something very small on the slide. Like one data point at a time
  • Keep a minimum of three transitions/builds. You don’t want every bullet point flying in and distracting the audience
  • Use flickr, or other sites to find simple but high quality photos for your slides. Don’t want to see pixels!
  • Don’t use templates, they’re boring and everyone has seen them. No cookie-cutter presentations
  • Cool colors work best for backgrounds as they appear to recede away from us into the background. Warm colors generally work best for objects in the foreground (such as text) because they appear to be coming at us
  • San-serif fonts are generally best for PowerPoint presentations, but try to avoid the ubiquitous Helvetica. I often choose to use Gill Sans as it is somewhere in between a serif and a sans-serif font and is professional yet friendly and “conversational.” Regardless of what font you choose, make sure the text can be read from the back of the room.
  • Use video and audio when appropriate. Using video clips to show concrete examples promotes active cognitive processing, which is the natural way people learn.
  • People comprehend better when information is presented in small chunks or segments. By getting out of the Slide View and into the Slide Sorter view, you can see how the logical flow of your presentation is progressing.
  • 10 Powerpoint Presentation Tips

    1. 1. Top Ten Slide Tips for Presentations By: Garr Reynolds Presentation by: Zack Lafaver http://www.flickr.com/photos/92661859@N00 /2762928930
    2. 2. Keep it simple Leave a lot of “white space” http://www.flickr.com/photos/12187063@N02 /4363744961
    3. 3. Limit Bullets & Text http://www.flickr.com/photos/57954193@N00 /270969697
    4. 4. Limit Transitions & Builds http://www.flickr.com/photos/21649179@N00 /358634247
    5. 5. Use of HQ Graphics http://www.flickr.com/photos/33083406@N02 /3741920267
    6. 6. Have Visual Theme instead of Templates Nature http://www.flickr.com/photos/68868401@N00 /171377100
    7. 7. Use appropriate Charts • Emphasize the chart’s point Fruits 1 6 Apples Bananas 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22705478@N03 /6831414535 Kiwis 3 Grapes
    8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/67184449@N05 /9784514191 Use Color Well
    9. 9. Choose your fonts well http://www.flickr.com/photos/29865701@N02 /3098050871
    10. 10. Use Video or Audio http://www.flickr.com/photos/22746515@N02 /5652635669
    11. 11. Spend Time in the slide sorter http://www.flickr.com/photos/31246066@N04 /7055621463
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