Rule #1: Plan. Plan. Plan. • Purpose • Time • Audience
Rule # 2: Keep It Simple. • Text • Visuals • Sound • Animations
Text: Size • Size 16 • Size 18 • Size 28 • Size 32 • Size 40 Too Small Aim for a font size of at least 28 point.
Text: Font Some fonts are too difficult to read on screen • Brush Script • Cracked • Lucida Calligraphy • Matura
Text: Color Light on Dark Dark on Light
Text: 6 x 7 Rule When creating a PowerPoint presentation, use text sparingly. Depending on the color and font size you select, text may be difficult to read. In addition, if your audience is concentrating on written text, they are most likely not giving you their complete attention. Therefore, use bulleted lists to help emphasize important points. • No more than 6 lines per slide. • No more than 7 words per line. Too Detailed
Text: 6 x 7 Rule Use text sparingly. • Makes text easier to read. • Focuses audience attention. Much Simpler
Visuals: Enhance Not Detract Too Many
Visuals: Be Original Avoid using the standard clip art.
Sound: Avoid Sound Effects • Distracting • Unprofessional
Animations: Enhance Not Detract • This animation is annoying. • This one is not much better. • Stick with one or two animation types. • Simple is better.
Rule #3: Be Consistent Maintain a consistent… • Color Scheme • Font • Transition Selection • Slide Background/Theme
Create Emphasis Not Distraction Purposeful changes in color or font create emphasis. Randomchangescreatedistraction.
Rule #4: Be Purposeful Pick a background appropriate to your topic. Perhaps for a music-related presentation.
Inappropriate Background Poor choice for a computer programming presentation.
Be Purposeful Cute clip, but not for that journalism presentation. From Wall-E, Pixar
Rule #4: Practice! Practice! Practice! • Test presentation on more than one computer. • Rehearse in front of a mirror or others. • Use a remote to advance slides.
Presentation Tips: • Maintain a positive attitude: Confidence • Avoid negative attitude: Boredom, uncertainty/fear • Body Language: Dress appropriately—lab coat • Gestures: Relaxed and natural • Vocal Behavior: Volume and Intonation • Facial Expression: Smile and a sincere expression • Eye contact: Avoid looking at the same people
Style Recommendations • Accuracy Use specific language rather than general • Vividness Vivid language gives an idea life and color • Emphasis Repetition-restatement of an idea can add emphasis • Appropriateness Avoid inappropriate language