Workable Presentations. 20 or so Tips to a Successful Presentation Created by S. L. Shea Dept of Family & Comm. Medicine Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Modified by N. Mogharreban Dept. of Computer Science Southern Illinois University. Tips on Background.
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20 or so Tips to a
Created by S. L. Shea
Dept of Family & Comm. Medicine
Southern Illinois University
School of Medicine
Modified by N. Mogharreban
Dept. of Computer Science
Southern Illinois University
Is white is boring?
Clutter is confusing.
Select font for
Fancy fonts confuse
Fewer Words = Better
Do not type a full sentence in each point, but rather just a word or two to help you remember and communicate your thought. Wordiness = Bad
This Circus of fonts may be “look” ok to you but detracts
This pretty font is all but impossible to read.
Less is better
Omit items not in talk
Exception: if you think a particular question is likely, add a slide to your file and place it after your closing so it’s there if you need it. Or hide it.
The extremes are easy to set
No more than 1 or 2 slides per minute.
At least 1 slide every 5 minutes
(unless they contain animation).
Depends on the complexity of the points, but …
Maximum of 6 or 7 bullets per slide
Need more? Use another slide
~ 5% of audience is colorblind.
To them, these words
May look the same color.
Is black and white alone effective?
If not, consider color?
printed handouts: black & white or color
Preview both talk and the handouts in BW and color
Contrast = darkness minus paleness of the colors.
Black and white are highest contrast: usually easy to read.
Background of this slide is gray, so text in whitecould disappear.
Do you need one? Large room Yes
Speak slowly and clearly.
If narrating slides, use good mike
No hum, strong sound
Have someone else review your presentation
Need fresh pair of eyes and ears
Spell check your presentation.
And then do it again. Backwards!(reading the slides from #20 to #1).
Start your presentation strong.
Speak loudly and clearly.
Do not rush through your presentation
Cover less in talk : Put details in Paper
Practice presentation several times until you can deliver it in the allotted time without rushing it.
When in doubt, make images and text too large.
Rule of thumb, read 5 feet from computer screen or they’re too small.
Can use transitions and animations
to bring attention to points
Keep them simple and consistent.
Random animation disrupts
Bring paper copy of your talk
Bring copies on both CD and memory stick
Place copy on web
Don’t talk to your slides
Slides just summarize your talk
Look at different people, face to face
Turn back to screen
once you’re sure the right slide is up.
But sometimes recipe for disaster.
If not sure of audience, play it straight.
Don’t let Fancy Effects detract from your message
Put in a slide that says “The End” or “C’est Fini” or “Thank You”.
(How else will they know when to applaud?)
Include just-in-case slides if needed to cover some obscure point or potential objection
Normally these are not shown
Prepare them if you anticipate a question or objection