Tips for Creating a PowerPoint Presentations
Tips for Giving a Presentation
Your Title Slide Should Always Include the
A Title & Subtitle (if you have one)
Example: Microsoft Office Power Point 2007
Always include your name, your job title (if
applicable), your organization and/or where you
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Presentations should always have an
Gives your audience a general sense of what
you will be talking about
Add/Create your Overview Slide after you
have finished your creating your presentation
Keep sentences between 10-20 Words.
This is the way people generally talk.
Do not clutter your slide with text.
An audience gets distracted easily
Use your Notes Box for yourself, do not use a
Titles should be size 44pt.
Subtitles should be size 28-34pt.
Contrast: light on dark, dark on light
Graphics should match your story
Get your timing right.
How long should you spend on each slide
Don’t memorize your text.
Ideas will flow naturally
Words will be different each time you practice
Gives you time to check equipment
Setup the room the way you want
Get Handouts ready
Easier for people to look back on your
Make 10% more than the amount of people
Distribute handouts before presentation.
Handout alternative: www.slideshare.net
Upload presentation to site
Get link to give audience
Talk like you normally do
Naturally @ a moderate rate
Project & speak clearly
Repeat important points
Take pauses – let audience digest info
Don’t Read Slide Aloud – Audience can read
Keep eyes on your audience – never turn your
Don’t hide behind lantern
Use natural body language
Avoid looking at your notes
Leave time at end of presentation for
Questions during presentations = 25% longer than
Can jump back to slides if necessary
Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know, or I
have not done the research.”
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