What’s the
Break Out of the Mold.
Be Unique.
S i m p l i c i t y.
Limit Text
Be Afraid
High Quality
Organize it!
Know your
Keep it
Don’t Recite.

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This presentation was created for my CIS141 (Computer Applications) class. Please enjoy!
I used various articles for ideas:
“10 Tips For Preparing a Professional Presentation”
“Top Ten Slide Tips”
“PowerPoint Tips”
“PowerPoint Design Tips”
“5 Tips for an Effective Slideshare Presentation”
“Rethinking Presentation Design”
“Top Ten Delivery Tips”
“Tips For Giving Better Presentations”

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  • This presentation was created for my Computer Applications class, it is meant to serve as a guide to designing and presenting a PowerPoint presentation. All Images used are licensed with Creative Commons and cited at the bottom right corner of each slide. Without further adieu, Let’s begin!
  • Before creating the presentation, think about what the main idea of the presentation is. It’s possible that you do not know yet or do not know how to convey the main idea in a PowerPoint format. This step is important because of those reasons, it’s not very helpful to create a presentation that doesn’t address the main idea.
  • One of the first things one should do when designing a presentation is to forget what you know about PowerPoint design, they’re likely wrong. Many professionals continue their incorrect notions of designing presentations because they assume that what they have been doing is correct.
  • Stop using the templates! EVERYONE uses the templates! Break out of the mold, do something different in order to catch the attention of the audience! It’s very likely that the audience is bored and would rather not listen to another presentation, opening a presentation with a template design only increases their lack-of-interest for your presentation.
  • This goes is related to the previous slide. You want your presentation to be different than the others, have special pictures and designs that make your design rememberable and as unforgettable as possible. Being unique also indirectly helps you in getting your ideas to the audience by keeping them tuned-in.
  • Keep your slides simple, doing so allows your presentation to look better and changes the focus from the PowerPoint to the presenter. Not to mention it also looks better than having a cluttered slide with information and confusion.
  • Along with simplicity comes limiting text, your classmates and coworkers are more likely to scramble jotting down notes than listening to you when you have bundles of text on each slide. Limiting the text allows everyone to focus on you and listen to your ideas. You should do the talking, not the PowerPoint.
  • Be afraid of change, and by change I mean fonts and transitions. The rule of thumb should be using the same font and transition effects (if any) throughout the PowerPoint, doing so creates a more attractive design.
  • The majority of animations are cheesy and distracting. Unless you have a good reason for using animations then try not to, remember, the design of your presentation should be SIMPLE.
  • The rule when choosing font is to pick Sans Serif fonts such as Calibri, Arial, Tahoma. These fonts are easier to read during presentations due to their lack of major curves. Serif fonts however, should be avoided some examples of Serif fonts are Times New Roman, Bookman, and Courier.
  • No one likes pixelated images, it gives off the feeling that you don’t care enough about what you are presenting while making the presentation look unpleasant.
  • Colors matter! Different colors evoke different emotions and have different cultural significance. You can use this to your advantage, especially when talking to an international crowd. Also, you should try to use colors that complement each other, it’s a terrible idea to use red and blue on a slide, but violet on yellow is complimentary.
  • Using the slide sorter is a simple tool that allows you to quickly organize your PowerPoint in order to make it flow better.
  • Overall, the design of your PowerPoint should be aimed to enhance you as a presenter. It should be made to convey the attention towards you and not the PowerPoint, this may be intimidating but knowing efficient delivery techniques can help decrease stress when presenting.
  • Prior to presenting your PowerPoint you should plan what you want to discuss and how you are going to discuss those ideas, you can do this mentally or by jotting down ideas on paper.
  • Knowing who your audience is can help with your delivery. Presenting a PowerPoint to a child is radically different than presenting a PowerPoint to your boss. Use this information to help in planning your delivery.
  • Focus on your main ideas rather than tons of details. It’s easy to get off topic when discussing your ideas but if you have goals in mind on what to present, it helps keep you on track.
  • You only have a limited amount of time to share your ideas before your audience tunes you out. The rule of thumb here is around 40 seconds a slide, no longer than 20 minutes for an entire presentation.
  • Having some notes is fine, but strive to memorize your PowerPoint to increase fluidity and the power of your delivery. But no matter what, do NOT read notes that you brought verbatim.
  • Make eye contact with your audience, this goes along with memorizing your lines. If you don’t memorize your lines then instead of looking at your audience you will be looking at your note card. For this reason, memorize your lines and make eye contact.
  • Show your passion for the topic you are presenting. There is a chance that you may not be interested in the topic, but you should at a minimum have energy and motivation to present your topic so that you keep your audience engaged.
  • Of course, practice makes perfect. Practice your presentation as many times as possible prior to your presentation date, practice with friends and family to simulate an audience.
  • Eight References were used. The ideas of the articles were aided in the making of this presentation.
  • Efficient Presentation Design & Presentation

    1. 1.
    2. 2. What’s the Point?
    3. 3. Forget the Past
    4. 4. Break Out of the Mold.
    5. 5. Be Unique.
    6. 6. S i m p l i c i t y.
    7. 7. Limit Text
    8. 8. Be Afraid of Change.
    9. 9. Avoid Animations
    10. 10. Font
    11. 11. High Quality Graphics
    12. 12. Color Matters
    13. 13. Organize it!
    14. 14.
    15. 15. Plan Ahead.
    16. 16. Know your audience
    17. 17. FOCUS
    18. 18. Keep it Short
    19. 19. Memorize. Don’t Recite.
    20. 20. Have Some Energy!
    21. 21.
    22. 22. References 1. “10 Tips For Preparing a Professional Presentation” 2. “Top Ten Slide Tips” 3. “PowerPoint Tips” 4. “PowerPoint Design Tips” 5. “5 Tips for an Effective Slideshare Presentation” 6. “Rethinking Presentation Design” 7. “Top Ten Delivery Tips” 8. “Tips For Giving Better Presentations”