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Effective PowerPoint Presentations


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Effective PowerPoint Presentations

  1. 1. Creating Effective PowerPointPresentations: 5 Keys for Success Samantha J. Blevins July 25, 2012
  2. 2. Overview Why are effective presentations important? Discussion  5 key points  Examples and non-examples Activity: 8 slide presentation on your favorite hobby Conclusion
  3. 3. Why are effectivepresentations important? PowerPoint can put your audience to sleep if you  Read your slides  Include too much text or too many graphics  Don’t proofread  Make each slide different Luckily, there are 5 keys to help prevent audience boredom! Image Source:
  4. 4. 5 Keys to Creating GreatPresentations Choose a theme Be consistent Color is important Less is more Whitespace is your ally
  5. 5. Choose a Theme Gives a professional feel Can provide structure  Fonts and color are preselected and coordinated Can be tweaked to meet your needs
  6. 6. Example and Non-example
  7. 7. Be Consistent Font should be the same throughout your presentation  Color  Size  Placement Punctuation  Differences can be distracting Slide transitions should be complimentary  A different transition for each slide can be distracting
  8. 8. Example and Non-example
  9. 9. Color is Important Mood for presentation  i.e. Use school or company colors when appropriate Legibility  Make sure your text color doesn’t interfere with your background color  Contrasting colors can help
  10. 10. Example and Non-example Images Source:
  11. 11. Less is More Don’t fill up every square-inch of your slide Watch out for distracting slide or text effects  Too many can overwhelm
  12. 12. Example and Non-example Image Source: Image Source:
  13. 13. Whitespace is Your Ally Images  Effective when appropriate  Don’t need to take up the whole slide  Golden rule: 2 per page Text  Keep it brief
  14. 14. Example and Non-exampleImage Source: Image Source:
  15. 15. Summary of the 5 Keys Choose a theme Be consistent Color is important Less is more Whitespace is your ally
  16. 16. Practice Activity Let’s practice using the key points of our discussion  Create an 8-10 slide PowerPoint Presentation  Topic Ideas  Favorite hobby  Favorite vacation  Place you want to visit  Expectations:  Present your topic in an open discussion  Credit will be given for completion  Let’s learn from each others triumphs and mistakes