Don’t fill the PowerPoint with unneeded images, text, or charts. Keep the clutter to a minimum so it does not take away from the material.
Put as little text on the presentation as possible. You should not be reading off the slides, they should just guide the main points. A presentation can be boring reading bullet point after bullet point. Avoid using pictures with a lot of text.
Only use between two or three different transitions between slides. Do not put them on every slide. The audience can get bored and annoyed if every slide has an animation. They can also be annoying!
Never stretch a small image so it becomes blurry. Use meaningful photos that can help the audience relate to the material. Images of people are often relatable on an emotional level. Do not use clipart because your audience has probably viewed that photo multiple times before.
Do not use templates that are already made. Your audience has probably seen them multiple times and will be bored. They are looking for a unique presentation that does not look pre-packaged. Still use a theme, but create your own that makes sense to your material!
Try not to include too much detail when using charts. Use pie, bar, and line charts to help make your data easy to understand. Try to avoid using tables, they can be confusing. Charts should be easy to read and understand.
Color can be emotional and help your audience retain info. Using color can attract your audience and keep them interested. Cool colors work best for background, and warm colors work best for objects in the foreground. If you are in a dark room presenting, use dark background and light text… use the opposite when in a lighter room.
The text should be able to be read from the back of the room. The font type communicates messages of their own so choose wisely. Use the same font set throughout the entire presentation. Use serif fonts (times new roman) for documents and sans-serif for presentations.
Use videos and audio to interest your audience and solidify your point. Avoid cheesy sound effects. People generally learn well from videos.
Check the logical flow of your presentation check to make sure it makes sense. People learn better when information is presented in chunks or segments. Organizing your information can also allow you to see images, text, etc. that is not needed.