Use a contents page• What’s the point?• The problem with animation• Using quotations• Using graphics and images• Spelling• Fonts
What’s the point?The purpose of PowerPoint is to provide a visual aidfor a presentation. It’s a particularly versatile andeffective visual aid for a number of reasons. Firstly, itmakes your talk more interesting for the audience byproviding a visual representation of the topicscovered. Moreover, it helps you to structure your talkand break it down into clearly identifiable topics. Italso helps the audience (and you) to recognise andremember the main points that you are covering.Finally, if you are self-conscious about talking in frontof people, the PowerPoint focuses the audience’sattention away from you towards the slide-show.
What’s the point?• Versatile and effective visual aid• Visual representation of topics• Engaging• Provides structure• Aids memory• Diverts attention from the speaker
The problem with animation• Animation can make a PPT more dynamic.• It gives more control over elements, but• it can be distracting for the audience …• if it’s over used.• So the advice is..• use it sensibly.
‘If you’re using a quotation, provide a reference.’ Mark Hetherington, 2011
A picture paints a thousand words… Writing Reading Talking Communication
Copying images• Use the best quality picture available• Don’t copy thumbnails• Don’t stretch images
Remeber• Check your speelling• Audeinces notice spelling miztakes• They can be distaracting , confosing and embrassing…
Fonts• Use an easily readable font and colour (Sans serifs like Arial or Calibri tend to be the easiest to read on screens.)• 30+ Use an appropriate font size• Use a consistent format throughout • Avoid centring your text