Making a Good PowerPoint


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  • Hi, yes indeed a good presentation, furthermore I would like to suggest an article, which gives a broad overview how to structure a PowerPoint presentation: Have fun
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  • Cool slides.... thanks for the tips...

    I was having alot of issues figuring out how my presentations could have more impact and could be more graphically engaging - I'm a dud at design - absolutely no sense. So I found this plugin for powerpoint called VisualBee -

    Its awesome because it automates the design element. You literally put in the text in your slides and click the design presentation button and it puts in images and backgrounds based on certain keywords it see's in the text. Once you've got a basic ppt set up, you can tweak it anyway you want. Its awesome!

    Try it out if you're having trouble with your ppt's and the impact they create. Its sure to get you results.
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  • I have read lots of articles and books about power point presentation, yours is the best i think. Thanks for sharing!
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Making a Good PowerPoint

  1. 1. PowerPoint Presentations That Get The Point Across ACSI 2008
  2. 3. Tips to be Covered <ul><li>Slide Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Color </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Clip Art </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling and Grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 4. Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Use 1-2 slides per minute </li></ul><ul><li>Write in point form </li></ul><ul><li>Include 4-5 points per slide </li></ul><ul><li>Use key words and phrases </li></ul>
  4. 5. Slide Structure - Bad <ul><li>This page contains too many words for a presentation slide. It is not written in point form, making it difficult both for your audience to read and for you to present each point. Although there are exactly the same number of points on this slide as the previous slide, it looks much more complicated. In short, your audience will spend too much time trying to read this paragraph instead of listening to you. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Show one point at a time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps audience concentrate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevents audience from reading ahead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps your presentation focused </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Slide Structure - Bad <ul><li>No distracting animation </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go overboard with animation </li></ul><ul><li>Be consistent with animation </li></ul>
  7. 8. Fonts - Good <ul><li>At least a 24-point font </li></ul><ul><li>Use different size fonts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>main points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>secondary points </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use a standard font </li></ul>
  8. 9. Fonts - Bad <ul><li>If you use a small font, your audience won’t be able to read what you have written </li></ul><ul><li>CAPITALIZE ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use a complicated font </li></ul>
  9. 10. Font Color - Good <ul><li>Contrasts with the background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: white on purple background </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reinforces the logic of your structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Yellow title and white text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emphasize a point </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But only use this occasionally </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Font Color - Bad <ul><li>Using a font color that does not contrast with the background color is hard to read </li></ul><ul><li>Using color for decoration is distracting and annoying . </li></ul><ul><li>Using a different color for each point is unnecessary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a different color for secondary points is also unnecessary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>T r y i n g t o b e c r e a t i v e c a n a l s o b e b a d </li></ul>
  11. 12. Background - Good <ul><li>Attractive but simple </li></ul><ul><li>Let the background reflect the light of the room. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Light room light background / dark font </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dark room dark background/ light font </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be consistent throughout presentation </li></ul>
  12. 13. Background – Bad <ul><li>Avoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read from </li></ul><ul><li>Always be consistent with the background that you use </li></ul>
  13. 14. Clip Art - Good <ul><li>Enhances Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>A picture is worth a thousand words </li></ul><ul><li>Is NOT copyrighted </li></ul>
  14. 15. Clip Art - Bad <ul><li>Distracts from presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Has a white/box background </li></ul><ul><li>Comes with sound effects </li></ul><ul><li>Copyrighted </li></ul><ul><li>Pixilated </li></ul>
  15. 16. Graphs - Good <ul><li>Use graphs rather than just charts and words </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data in graphs is easier to comprehend & retain than raw data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trends are easier to visualize in graph form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always title your graphs </li></ul>
  16. 17. Graphs - Bad
  17. 18. Graphs - Good Leading California Commodities
  18. 19. Graphs - Bad
  19. 20. Graphs - Bad <ul><li>Minor gridlines are unnecessary </li></ul><ul><li>Font is too small </li></ul><ul><li>Colors could show more contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Title is missing </li></ul>
  20. 21. Spelling and Grammar <ul><li>Proof your slides for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>spelling mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of of repeated words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grammatical errors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have someone else proof your slides </li></ul>
  21. 22. Conclusion <ul><li>Should be effective and strong </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize the main points </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest future avenues of research </li></ul><ul><li>Chance to give opinion </li></ul>
  22. 23. Questions?? <ul><li>End your presentation with a simple question slide </li></ul><ul><li>Invite your audience to ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a visual aid during question period </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids ending a presentation abruptly </li></ul>
  23. 24. Questions? <ul><li>So… any question?? </li></ul>