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Effective slide designing

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Presentation by Chris O'Brien, of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (Bay of Bengal LME project) during the science to communication workshop in the 8th GEF Biennial International Waters Conference. The presentations focuses on how to create effective powerpoint slides.

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Effective slide designing

  1. 1. Effective slide designing
  2. 2. Empty space can convey a feeling of: - quality - sophistication - importance
  3. 3. Simplicity Clarity Impact!
  4. 4. Avoid slides like these…………………
  5. 5. Use of colour and CAPITALS Don’t EVER write in RED on a blue background or in BLUE on a red background
  6. 6. Use of colour DON’T use GREEN and RED to highlight text or GREEN and RED in a graph
  7. 7. So the good slides………….
  8. 8. A good slide •Maximum six words and four sentences •Maximum six words and four sentences •Maximum six words and four sentences •Maximum six words and four sentences
  9. 9. Reported water rights disputes in three zones of Sri Lanka Year Dry Zone Wet Zone Arid Zone 1990 134 415 312 2000 357 1078 602 2010 715 2021 1009
  10. 10. However, graphics can convey the trend….. Reported water rights disputes in three zones of Sri Lanka
  11. 11. Is there seasonality? 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Pilchard density (Number/m3)
  12. 12. Seasonality 0 20 40 60 80 100 Pilcharddensity (Number/m3)
  13. 13. 72% of the part –time workers are women
  14. 14. 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese
  15. 15. When you have a good set of slides • Slides become complimentary and you are the story teller (seller?) • Audience pay attention to you • You control the presentation • Become a naked presenter People leave informed and satiated
  16. 16. A good presentation is a carefully planned dish!

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