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  • Some helpful tips to design and deliver a standout PowerPoint presentation.
  • It is important not to go overboard with the animations of a presentation. Some animation is a good thing when used sparingly. Slide after slide of transitions become lengthy and boring. As well, it can sometimes come off cheesy and unprofessional if there are too many transitions and builds.
  • During a presentation if too much text is on a slide the audience loses focus. The repetition of bullet point after bullet point becomes boring and useless. It is even suggested that slides do not always need text. Slides are meant to help support the narration of the speaker. It is not good to simply read off the slides themselves. The audience can do that without you even there. Have some input and make the presentation engaging.
  • A consistent visual theme is recommended when making a presentation. However it is vital to not use PowerPoint templates. They are overused, boring, and not that great to begin with. A unique theme will create a memorable presentation. As well you can edit the presentation however you want. It won’t appear pre-packaged or out of date.
  • On your slides it is important to use high quality graphics. By using a detailed and rich photo the audience is captured. Never use pictures that are too small or the wrong format because they often appear on the slides pixilated and distorted. Picture choice is critical and is a much preferred alternative to boring templates and clip art which again often appears unprofessional. Use pictures with great color and quality.
  • A key element of design is color usage. The colors of a presentation effect the audience more than you might think. Colors evoke feelings and emotions. The ideas or information that you are sharing need to match the colors you use on the slides. As well, if you are presenting in a large room you need to make sure that the colors are visible for every person in the audience.
  • Don’t overload your audience with facts and visuals! When making a presentation it is important to only include the charts, and graphs that are necessary to convey your point. If you include too many visuals the audience may lose focus or clear understanding. As well, use simple and readable graphs so the facts you are explaining are simple and easy to follow.
  • When making a presentation it is vital to remember to cite your sources. Anything that isn’t original or produced by you needs to be correctly cited. Pictures that are not your own need to be checked in reference to creative commons licensing. At the end of a presentation it is a good idea to include a reference or bibliography slide.
  • It is a good idea to include a conclusion slide with your presentation. On this slide include at least three to five summary points. By summarizing these points you are able to make a solid final impression on the audience. At the end of a long presentation it is a good idea to reinforce the main ideas of your work.
  • When you have finally finished making your presentation it is important to organize it well. The presentation needs to be logical and flow. It is a good idea to break up one overloaded slide into a few simpler slides. By doing so, the audience is able to accurately comprehend the information.
  • Garr Reynolds believes that the most important tip on delivering a presentation is having passion. It is critical to enjoy what you are talking about. This is the only way that a genuine and true connection can be made between you and the audience. You want them to understand your excitement and fascination.
  • First impressions are extremely important when it comes to presentation delivery. When giving a presentation you must engage the audience and draw them in. The first 2-3 minutes of a presentation are your opportunity to impress the audience wit your confidence and passion. It is important to do this so you don’t drone on about basic background knowing that can be rather boring.
  • It is important to have some movement when giving a presentation. You do not want to appear as a statue or a robot. As well, you do not want to stand behind a podium the whole presentation. By moving removing these barriers you are able to connect with the audience and keep them interested.
  • It is important to know who you are talking to. Just because you are an expert in the subject doesn’t mean everyone is. Make sure that you explain everything with clarity and simplicity. Don’t ever assume or use too technical of terms. By relating to your audience it will be easier to interact and convey your messages.
  • When giving a presentation it is important to not lose you audience. By talking in a monotone or drone like voice the presentation instantly becomes boring and not worthwhile. Always speak as if you were talking to a good friend. Do not recite back a script. Keep it lively and entertaining!
  • Facing the audience also includes eye contact. It is critical to speak to the audience and not your slides or notes. Speaking towards them will engage them and make them feel as if you are directly talking to just them. Avoid turning around and losing the attention of the audience.
  • Always practice your presentation ahead of time. This will allow you to account for an accurate amount of time per slide. As well, it will prevent you from feeling rushed, unrehearsed, and lost. It is important as well to finish the presentation with enough time for the audience to ask questions.
  • If you engage your audience and ask questions it brings about a strong connection. It arouses curiosity and involves them with your ideas first hand. Including this in a presentation will help you break the stereotypical pattern of just reciting a script to an audience.
  • Although it may be difficult throughout the whole experience you must remain professional, courteous and gracious. Always thank the audience for input or questions. Always remain confident and relaxed even under pressures of stress and nerves.
  • Design and Delivery

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    22. 22. • There are many different ways to make a unique and memorable presentation • These can include techniques with design and delivery. • If you have any questions you can reach me at • Thank you for your time and attention!