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  • PowerPoint uses slides with a horizontal or “Landscape” orientation.
    Software was designed as a convenient way to display graphical information that would support the speaker and supplement the information
    Slides themselves were never meant to be stars of the show
    People come to hear you and be informed by you and your message
  • Your presentation is for the benefit of the audience
    Boring the audience with bullet point after bullet point is of little benefit to them
    The best slides may have no text at all
    Slides are meant to support the narration
  • Use object builds and slide transitions judiciously
    Object builds should not be animated on every slide
    Some animation is a good thing, but stick to most subtle and professional styles (similar to what you may see on the evening TV news broadcast)
    For transitions between slides, use no more than two-three different types of transition effects and do not place transition effects between all slides
  • Use high-quality graphics including photographs
    Never simply stretch a low-quality resolution photo to make it fit your layout
    Avoid using PowerPoint clip art or other cartoonish line art
    If you do choose to use PowerPoint art make sure to use it carefully and judiciously
  • Your audience expects a unique presentation with new content
    Shy away from traditional PowerPoint templates that have been seen before by audiences
    You can make your own background templates which will be more tailored to your needs
    After you create your tailored template you can save the PowerPoint file as a Design Template and it will appear among your standard Microsoft templates for future use
  • Always ask yourself “How much detail do I need?”
    Presenters are usually guilty of including too much data in their on-screen charts
    Pie Charts, Vertical Bar Charts, Horizontal Bar Charts, and Line Charts are all good uses to present data
    Tables are good for side-by-side comparisons of quantitative data
  • Color evokes feelings
    Color is emotional
    The right color can help persuade and motivate
    Studies show that color usage can increase interest and improve learning comprehension and retention
  • Fonts communicate subtle messages in and of themselves
    Use the same font set throughout the entire presentation
    Use no more than two complimentary fonts
    Make sure you know the difference between a Serif font and a Sans-Serif font
  • Use video and audio when appropriate
    Using video clips to show concrete examples promotes active cognitive processing, which is the natural way people learn
    You can use video clips within PowerPoint without ever leaving the application or tuning on a VCR
    When using audio clips avoid using cheesy sound effects that are included in PowerPoint
  • According to the Segmentation Principle of multimedia learning theory, 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
    In this view you can break up one slide into multiple slides in order to give the presentation a more natural and logical flow
    You will be able to notice more extraneous pieces of visual data that can be removed to increase visual clarity and improve communication
  • Top 10 slide tips

    1. 1. Top 10 Slide Tips Article by Garr Reynolds Source:
    2. 2. Keep it Simple Source Credit: Paul Watson 3992381
    3. 3. Limit Bullet Points & Text Limit bullet points & text Source Credit: Curtis Perry N00/6119618990
    4. 4. Limit transitions & builds (animation) Source Credit: Werner Kunz
    5. 5. UseHigh-QualityGraphics SourceCredit:Phil Snyder 3079
    6. 6. Have a Visual theme, but avoid using powerpoint templates Source Credit: Nazareth College 3530632339
    7. 7. Use appropriate char Source Credit: net_efekt 564896347
    8. 8. Use Color Well Source Credit: smcgee 5845849
    9. 9. Chooseyourfontswell SourceCredit:PaulBica
    10. 10. Use video or audio Source Credit: Nicki Varkevisser Use video or audio Source Credit: Nicolas Fuentes 96194
    11. 11. Spend time in the slide sorter Source Credit: Beau Rogers @N05/12656236565 Spend time in the slide sorter Source Credit: William Warby 9139