Four Steps For Better PowerPoint Presentations

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  • This is how the title page of a typical PowerPoint starts out.



  • Get rid of the training wheels. Don’t use templates.







  • Would you want to be listening to your presentation?

  • I once sat through a presentation by a senior school board official who FOR ONE HOUR stood and READ the presentation slides to an audience of 900 people.

    Your audience is not 4 years old. Don’t insult them by reading your slides.
    The brain processes graphic information 15,000 times faster than the listening. Most people do not read and listen at the same time effectively.

  • Racism is most often seen as an individual, psychological phenomenon. For example, one often hears the statement \"racism is just human nature.\" Buried in that statement is the implication that since there isn't much we can do about human nature, there isn't much we can do about racism either. According to this point of view, racism is constant, unchanging, like the weather, the moon or the seasons. Understanding history is a good antidote to that kind of pessimism. If we can show that racism has a beginning, then the \"human nature\" argument obviously doesn't hold much water. And if racism has a beginning, then we can argue that it can have an end.\"
  • Is this a powerful slide?
  • How about this? Or using a picture while you talk?
  • If you are using a slide that looks like this are you
    Reading it?
    Waiting until your audience reads it? How long do you wait? Some read faster than others.

  • Born 1654 in Stratford England
    Third child of John and Mary Shakespeare
    No record of attending university
    Married Anne at 18. She was 26.
    Believed to have left his family and lived in London for twenty years.
  • Born 1654 in Stratford England
    Third child of John and Mary Shakespeare
    No record of attending university
    Married Anne at 18. She was 26.
    Believed to have left his family and lived in London for twenty years.
    Looks good? Probably had an outdoor privy in the back, no central heating.





  • In review. Strong/clear message. Don’t distract your audience with cuteness!
    AV must be downloaded to the computer you are presenting on. Practice, practice, practice.
    Presenter tools or cue cards.

    Copyright free images/sounds or links to movies.
  • In review. Strong/clear message. Don’t distract your audience with cuteness!
    AV must be downloaded to the computer you are presenting on. Practice, practice, practice.
    Presenter tools or cue cards.

    Copyright free images/sounds or links to movies.


  • Four Steps For Better PowerPoint Presentations

    1. Four Steps For Better PowerPoint Presentations Friday, February 13, 2009
    2. Make it visual Friday, February 13, 2009
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    9. Use Creative Commons Images Friday, February 13, 2009
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    15. Use Presenter Notes Friday, February 13, 2009
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    17. PowerPoint doesn’t kill presentations... Bullet points do. Friday, February 13, 2009
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    21. RACISM Racism is most often seen as an individual, psychological phenomenon. For example, one often hears the statement quot;racism is just human nature.quot; Buried in that statement is the implication that since there isn't much we can do about human nature, there isn't much we can do about racism either. According to this point of view, racism is constant, unchanging, like the weather, the moon or the seasons. Understanding history is a good antidote to that kind of pessimism. If we can show that racism has a beginning, then the quot;human naturequot; argument obviously doesn't hold much water. And if racism has a beginning, then we can argue that it can have an end.quot; Friday, February 13, 2009
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    25. Shakespeare Born 1654 in Stratford England Third child of John and Mary Shakespeare No record of attending university Married Anne at 18. She was 26. Believed to have left his family and lived in London for twenty years. Friday, February 13, 2009
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    28. Shakespeare’s Birthplace Friday, February 13, 2009
    29. The Canadian Encyclopedia entry for the Group of Seven Created at Wordle.net 26 Friday, February 13, 2009
    30. Share Friday, February 13, 2009
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    33. Don’t use templates. Use images to tell a story. Use Creative Commons images with proper attribution. Don’t use bullet points. Less is more; use text in interesting ways, no more than 5 words per slide. Share. Friday, February 13, 2009
    34. Presentation must haves: High impact graphics Fewer than 5 words per slide Copyright free images/media Citation List Smooth transitions Friday, February 13, 2009
    35. Presentation may haves: Embedded links Audio clips Video clips Friday, February 13, 2009
    36. Photo credits: Rush Hour: http://www. ickr.com/photos/9147703@N03/2191223539 Roatan Beach: http://www. ickr.com/photos/44493439@N00/352535575 Notepad: http://www. ickr.com/photos/johnyaya/2948947/ Storytime: http://www. ickr.com/photos/gbierens/483062740/sizes/m/ Shakespeare’s birthplace: http://www.freefoto.com/browse/1045-02-0?ffid=1045-02-0 Sharing Ice Cream: http://www. ickr.com/photos/70609370@N00/178050837 Caravan: http://www. ickr.com/photos/15337593@N08/2301521017 Sunset: http://www. ickr.com/photos/71088059@N00/493894382 Friday, February 13, 2009
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