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Dos donts power point demonstration

  1. 1. Designing a good presentation Design tips and MS PowerPoint® features
  2. 2. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Basic Design Principles Keep it Clean Keep it Lean Keep it Easy Remember your audience is not you. Less is more.
  3. 3. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Use Colour wisely - DON’T OVER DO IT!  Don’t use every colour at once  Use colour that is easy to read  High contrast is easier to read - especially from a distance
  4. 4. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Text Fonts Lower case is easier to read than upper. UPPER CASE and BOLD IMPLY YELLING (font-shouting) Make it easy to read (Font and size) This is 36 point Tahoma, Curlz  This is 22 point Tahoma, Curlz  no smaller than this Must be consistent with topic Desserts Deserts
  5. 5. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Keep it clean!  Don’t use too much clutter!  Remember most users SCAN not read!  Keep in mind basic newspaper or magazine layout – highlight important stuff, minimize the least important stuff! Putting too much text on the screen does not work and may be contrary to your objectives. If the amount of information you want people to read is greater than four or five lines of short bullets, then use handouts so they can take the notes home with them and read them after your presentation. Assume that your audience wants to listen to and see you and not a completely filled page. Handouts with space for notes are a good alternative to a complete verbatim script, unless you’re quoting from a literary text. Keep the goal of your presentation in mind and use this to help create an environment to communicate this. Always ask some people to look at what you have created and ask for feed back – even ask them pointed questions! Keep in mind that legal documents usually look like this – now you know why – they are hoping that you don’t read it! So if you have something important to say – be precise and to the point. Use brief phrases…
  6. 6. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland The images chosen should highlight the information being presented. Your images must be clear. Using Pictures
  7. 7. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Backgrounds Busy backgrounds distract viewers from your content
  8. 8. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Use Animations sparingly Animations slow you down and make you dizzy!
  9. 9. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Animations can enhance a presentation but they can also distract! Transitions and Custom Animations Move the reader with transitions Don’t over do the special effects Page transition effects should complement your meaning not distract
  10. 10. Adapted from © 2002 Jennifer Spink Strickland Always think of purpose and audience Content TechnicalGraphics  Content  Text: language, spelling, grammar, text type  Images: photos, clip-art  Speech Content  Graphical elements  Layout, Background  Fonts  Colours  Technical elements  Animations  Page Transitions  Speech sound quality Good design •balanced •consistent with purpose & audience

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