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  1. 1. Effective Presentations Tips for Creating and Giving Presentations Effective Presentations: Tips for Creating and Giving Presentations By Donna Boling
  2. 2. <ul><li>Creating your Slideshow </li></ul>
  3. 3. Presentation Software: The Choices <ul><li>Powerpoint- over 20 years old! </li></ul><ul><li>Flash-requires high degree of proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote- Mac users only </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office Impress- free/opensource </li></ul>
  4. 4. Online Presentation Tools <ul><li>Google docs: Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Show </li></ul><ul><li>Thinkfree (requires a download) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Presentation Tips: The Document <ul><li>Text color and background </li></ul><ul><li>Text font choice-serif or not serif </li></ul><ul><li>Text size-heading vs. text </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid using too much text </li></ul><ul><li>In most case, use bullets rather than sentences </li></ul>
  6. 6. Text Tips
  7. 7. Text tips
  8. 8. Beyond the Text <ul><li>Limit the number of slides </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the look consistent from slide to slide </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use busy or distracting backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Use animations and transitions sparingly </li></ul>
  9. 9. Beyond the Text <ul><li>Avoid distractions-not too many graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Use high quality graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Use “white space” </li></ul><ul><li>Let a picture or graphic tell a story </li></ul>
  10. 10. Your Turn <ul><li>Create one or two slides using the previous presentation creation tips </li></ul><ul><li>Topic: 5 tips when giving (not creating) your presentation </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Giving your Presentation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Tips for Giving Presentations: Opening <ul><li>Know your topic thoroughly </li></ul><ul><li>Use the opening to catch the interest of the audience </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize your topic before beginning the actual presentation </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tips for Giving Presentations: Speaking <ul><li>Speak at a natural, moderate rate </li></ul><ul><li>Project your voice </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t read your slides aloud-your audience can read faster than you can speak! </li></ul><ul><li>Use pauses between slides </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the “B” key </li></ul>
  14. 14. Tips for Giving Presentations: Body Language <ul><li>Keep your eyes on the audience </li></ul><ul><li>Use natural gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t turn your back on the audience </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t hide behind the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Use notes as a reference </li></ul><ul><li>Move around for effect </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tips for Giving Presentations: <ul><li>Show enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, practice, practice!!! </li></ul>