Preparation of Effective PowerPoints. PowerPoint tips for inexperienced speakers and those with lots of experience too. Acknowledgements. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has reproduced, in part, this educational PowerPoint presentation, with the kind permission of
PowerPoint tips for inexperienced speakers and those with lots of experience too.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine
has reproduced, in part, this educational PowerPoint presentation, with the kind permission of
Peter Greenhouse, Susan Butler
Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
Please Note: ACCME compliance requires all presentations contain a disclosure slide.Additionally, please refrain from using company trade names, logos, or institution logos.
There are few hard and fast rules about what makes a good presentation. Yet, most people know when they’ve seen one, and have switched off shortly after the start of a poor offering.
Your presentation style is an extension of your personality and creativity.
The most important rules are:
1 – Keep it short
2 – Make it legible.
The following slides may help to illustrate some pitfalls and potential improvements to aid legibility and assist the flow of the talk. Some of the points are a matter of personal taste, but most are self-explanatory…
Conference rooms can be up to 110 feet deep, so small, or indistinct, typefaces, charts with large amounts of numerical data, or graphs, with very thin lines, will not be legible from the back of the room.
Backgrounds: lots of experience too.
a Very Boring Slide lots of experience too.
Let’s start with…
DON’T do this… lots of experience too.
Let’s start with a… lots of experience too.Very Boring Slide
revealing severe hand tremor from nervous speaker
NB: Don’t use red text against a
blue background (red lines are OK)
an Even Worse Slide lots of experience too.
DON’T do this!
Now here’s an… lots of experience too.Even Worse Slide
And now… lots of experience too.
a Slightly Better Slide
The room could be too dark for a black or blue background…
Slightly (Not Much) Better Slide lots of experience too.Slightly Better Slide
And an even… lots of experience too.
Less Boring Slide
Even Less Boring Slide lots of experience too.
Graphic Presentations lots of experience too.
The following two slides contain the same information.
One is legible, the other is not…
Can you tell which is not?
Original Source: PHLS Slide Set
Other ways to… lots of experience too.
Fancy slide transformations (eg. the following ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
when words, or a diagram, are very similar, with different text – such as in translation
Fundamental point of information in health promotion about STI*
Feel - WELL
See - NOTHING
Partner - SAME
Had it before you met?
*from: Greenhouse P. Destigmatising sexual health clinics Brit J Sexual Med 1996; 23 (5): 12-16
Hormonal Milieu ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
Hormonalna Sredina ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
A tip… ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
read your slides
rather, look at your audience, while you elaborate on the content.
Another tip… ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
know your slides
duplicate a slide, instead of scrolling back to refer to a previously viewed slide.
In conclusion… ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
Two Ways to
DON’T do this… ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
Don’t fly text in… ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
Don’t cram too much onto one slide…
Don’t follow all this advice to the letter…!
DO do this… ‘checkerboard’ pattern) are only useful
We appreciate any suggestions, or additions, to this presentation that you think will improve the learning experience and the quality of faculty presentations.
Please e-mail suggestions or comments to