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How to Create Effective Presentations

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How to Create Effective Presentations

  1. 1. Making Effective Presentations Key Steps to Success
  2. 2. First the basics….. • Allow for ample time to prepare and practice your presentation. Practice going over the presentation until it is memorized and executed smoothly. • Make sure to include a brief introduction about yourself and who you are especially if you are speaking and presenting in front of a group that are not familiar with you.
  3. 3. A few important guidelines • Keep it simple. – This can be done by limiting the amount of information put on each slide along with the amount of time you spend talking about a topic. Staying on topic is a must! – Less is more. Use key words rather than long descriptive sentences.
  4. 4. Avoid the following  Overuse of bullet points and check marks  Silly images Transitions such as ‘fade-ins’ or spinning text Handouts and print outs (wait until after the presentation) Music that is generic or already imbedded into the programSource: Pinola, 2013
  5. 5. What you should do • Color and Large font can be used to emphasize key points in the presentation • Professional graphics can be used to promote key points.
  6. 6. The 10/20/30 Rule • Limit your presentation to ten slides maximum • Limit your speech to 20 minutes • Use a minimum 30pt font size (Pinola, 2013)
  7. 7. Think outside the box • PowerPoint is not the only presentation platform • Prezi, Haiku Dek and Reveal.js are viable alternatives to using traditional PowerPoint templates. • Videoscribe and GoAnimate offer award winning animated presentation tools that are professional and engaging
  8. 8. When in doubt • Practice, practice, practice. • The more you practice your presentations the better you will become • Increasing your presentation skills will help you in your career by demonstrating that you can deliver a precise and professional presentation to an audience.
  9. 9. 3 P’s of Powerful Presentations Plan Prepare Practice
  10. 10. Conclusion • Creating a presentation that delivers the message and engages the audience takes a little time, research, practice and format. • Following a few simple guidelines will help make your presentation interesting and professional.

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