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Presentation Tips 2011

  1. 1. Making Good PowerPoint Slides Avoiding Bad Slides
  2. 2. Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Use 1-2 slides per topic </li></ul><ul><li>Write in point form, not complete sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Include 4-5 points per slide </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid wordiness: use key words and phrases only </li></ul>
  3. 3. 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>
  4. 4. Slide Structure – Good <ul><li>Show one point at a time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will help audience concentrate on what you are saying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will prevent audience from reading ahead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will help you keep your presentation focused </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Slide Structure - Bad <ul><li>Do not use distracting animation </li></ul><ul><li>Do not go overboard with the animation! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Fonts - Good <ul><li>Use at least font size 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Use different size fonts for main points and secondary points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>this font is smaller:24, the main font is 28, and the title font is 36 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use a font that is clear an easy to read! </li></ul>
  7. 7. 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>USE CAPITAL LETTERS ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use a complicated font </li></ul>
  8. 8. Colour - Good <ul><li>Use a color of font that contrasts sharply with the background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: blue font on white background </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use color to stress the logic of your presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: light blue title and dark blue text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use color to emphasize a point </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But only use this occasionally </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Colour - 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>
  10. 10. Background - Good <ul><li>Use backgrounds such as this one that are attractive but simple </li></ul><ul><li>Use backgrounds which are light </li></ul><ul><li>Use the same background consistently throughout your presentation </li></ul>
  11. 11. 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>
  12. 12. Spelling and Grammar <ul><li>Check your slides for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>speling mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the use of of repeated words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grammatical errors you might have maked </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Conclusion <ul><li>Use an effective and strong closing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your audience is likely to remember your last words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thank you audience!  </li></ul>

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