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Rachel McKenny, Dept. of English -- Spring 2013. Giving a Presentation with Visual Aids. Keep it simple Don’t overload your slides with words Six lines of less than six words each is a classic rule of thumb--- 6x6 rule Don’t overdo it on the animations Make labels and text easily read

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designing a good powerpoint

Keep it simple

  • Don’t overload your slides with words
    • Six lines of less than six words each is a classic rule of thumb--- 6x6 rule
  • Don’t overdo it on the animations
  • Make labels and text easily read
    • Don’t mix it up
  • Use pictures large and clear enough to see
Designing a good PowerPoint

Summarized from The Art of Public Speaking by Stephen Lucas, 10thed

the characters in the simpsons

Homer is the dad. He’s not very smart and he works at the nuclear power plan.

  • Marge is the mom, and she has blue hair. She often has to take control of the situations on the show.
  • Bart is the mischeevious son in the family. He likes to play a lot of pranks.
    • Lisa is the sister who is brainy. She plays the saxophone.
  • Maggie is the baby one. She has a pacifier and doesn’t really talk yet.
The Characters in the Simpsons
ways to fix

Fewer words

Work on color design

Add images

Spell check

Check to make sure bullet points are working

Other ideas?

Ways to fix
ways to fix1

Larger map

Add title

Perhaps less detailed

Important areas highlighted

Others?

Ways to fix
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ways to fix2

Allow each picture to be its own slide

Use hi-res pictures

Check font color

Use labels

Others?

Ways to fix
slide10

“Since the first film’s release, about 266,000 people have visited the half-ruined Hobbiton, according to Tourism New Zealand, with a majority from abroad. More than 50,000 people came in 2004 alone, when Lord of the Rings fever peaked following the release of the Oscar-winning third installment. In fact 6 percent of all New Zealand visitors that year, or about 150,000 people, listed the movies as a “main” reason for coming; 11,200 said it was their only reason.”- The Spec, 2012

ways to fix3

No block of text

Change color scheme

Others?

Ways to fix
delivery tips with powerpoint

Practice with your visual aid

  • Interact with your visual aid
    • Think “Vanna White” but less cheesy
    • Don’t speak toward visual aid
  • Don’t use your visual aid as a note card substitute
    • Consider looking at your laptop rather than the projection screen, to keep your energy focused outward
Delivery Tips with PowerPoint
delivery tips with powerpoint1

You can use a clicker if you have one

    • If not, spacebar also moves slides forward
  • Use blank slides to keep audience from focusing
    • Can hit “B” or “W” to get a blank slide at any point if didn’t put them in your presentation
Delivery Tips with Powerpoint
let s practice

The following slides have random images on them. Practice interacting with and referring to the slides which follow, speaking for roughly 30-60 seconds.

You can describe the picture, talk about its content, give your opinion of the object, or

Let’s Practice!

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