Best Practices in
Presentation Design &
Taylor Dra...

Use High Quality Graphics


Avoid Using PowerPoint Templates

Use Video/Audio
Limit Text
Use Charts/Graphs Effectively
Choose Fonts Well
Show Passion

Pace ...
Slang/Filler Words
Make Eye Contact
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Best Practices in Presentation Design & Delivery


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This is a presentation that attempts to portray the best practices in presentation design and delivery. There are tips for creating an effective presentation as well as delivering one.

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  • High quality graphics look crisp and make the audience take the presenter more seriously. Low quality graphics that are stretched out look cheesy as does clip art and other cartoon images. The presenter also needs to keep in mind that images that look high quality on their computer will naturally be stretched out when on a projector.
  • Slides that are busy or full are distracting to the audience. The audience will most likely place their attention on trying to figure out what everything is on your slide instead of simply listening to the presenter. The more simple the slide is, the more influential it will be.
  • Color evokes feelings, so people will stay engaged. A slide that uses multiple bright, vibrant colors will most likely be more effective than a dull, colorless slide.
  • The audience has seen them before. Fresh, new backgrounds for slides will keep the audience engaged. Also, different backgrounds for each slide is important is keeping the audience’s attention.
  • Do not use transitions on every slide, and do not use the very elaborate ones. They distract your audience from the true message of the presentation. Also, if the same elaborate slide happens over and over, the audience will get bored.
  • Videos and audio give concrete examples, and people learn best with concrete examples. Youtube clips are especially efficient in conveying your message without you having to say it.
  • Use simple numbers and quick phrases and then you can describe what they mean when speaking. If you list all of the statistics, no one will listen to you. If a slide has one a few words on it, then the audience is forced to listen to you explain. People came to the presentation to hear you speak, not read your slides and then hear you read them.
  • Do not put too much info into charts. Make it simple with as little data as possible. Your audience will get bogged down with the specifics if you put a complex chart in your presentation and will probably tune you out.
  • Fonts communicate subtle messages. Use the same font throughout the presentation and sans-serif fonts work better than serif because they can be seen more clearly on a projector. It is also important to choose fonts that are professional and not very elaborate.
  • If you are passionate about what you are presenting about, then the audience will feel that passion. They will most likely be more engaged and pay more attention if they can sense that you are really excited about the topic.
  • Dressing professionally is imperative to delivering a good presentation. If someone goes up to a presentation looking sloppy, the audience will most likely not even pay much attention because it is clear that the presenter is not serious about his/her presentation.
  • Many people speak extra fast when they are giving a presentation because they are nervous. On the other hand, some speak too slow because they are trying to compensate for knowing they will speak quickly. If you practice your presentation, you will know how fast you will talk and will be able to pace yourself accordingly.
  • Presentations are supposed to be formal, so using slang is inappropriate. If you use slang, your audience will most likely not take you seriously. Filler words, on the other hand, are a little harder to control for. Everyone naturally uses “um” and “like” while speaking. If you do not practice and are unprepared, you will most likely use more of these words.
  • Your audience will lose interest if you talk for too long. Our attention spans are not that long so if you present on the same topic for over 30 minutes, the information will most likely not be retained. It is best to leave something out instead of putting too much in your presentation. You can gage your audience’s level of interest and if you feel you have kept their interest, then you can say that things that you left out.
  • Making eye contact is the best way to connect to your audience. When you make eye contact, it typically makes that specific member of the audience more engaged and they will develop a more personal relationship with your presentation.
  • Distracting behaviors include nail biting, hair/face touching, lip biting, notecard fumbling, awkward gestures, and swaying. All of these things distract the audience from the message of the presentation. If you do these things, the audience most likely focuses on them.
  • Practice is so important. If you go into your presentation feeling confident and prepared, you will most likely do a lot better than someone who did not practice. The person who practices will also most likely have a more favorable reaction from the audience because they can tell when a presenter has done their practice. The more comfortable you are with the material, the less nervous you will be. Also, sometimes slides with no picture and simply a few words is very effective.
  • Best Practices in Presentation Design & Delivery

    1. 1. Best Practices in Presentation Design & By: Delivery Taylor Drake
    2. 2. Design
    3. 3. Use High Quality Graphics
    4. 4. Simple Keep It Simple
    5. 5. Use Color Well
    6. 6. Avoid Using PowerPoint Templates
    7. 7. Limit Transitions
    8. 8. Use Video/Audio
    9. 9. Limit Text
    10. 10. Use Charts/Graphs Effectively
    11. 11. Choose Fonts Well
    12. 12. Delivery
    13. 13. Show Passion
    14. 14. Dress Professionally
    15. 15. Pace Yourself
    16. 16. Avoid Slang/Filler Words
    17. 17. Keep It Short
    18. 18. Make Eye Contact
    19. 19. Avoid Distracting Behaviors
    20. 20. Practice Makes Perfect
    21. 21. References: 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.1: 7 Tips for Designing and Delivering PowerPoint Presentations: How to Make Your Presentation Great: Presentation Delivery Tips: SlideRocket Presentation Tip: 5 Tips for First-Time or Nervous Presenters: Top Ten Delivery Tips Guidelines for Oral Presentations: Top Ten Slide Tips: