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Making PowerPoint Work

Making PowerPoint Work

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Making PowerPoint Work

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  1. Making PowerPoint Work Keys to effective PowerPoint slides

  2. We’ll Cover … • Presentation structure • Start and end with summaries • Just enough detail in the middle • Style • Colors • Text • Images • Syntax • Spelling

  3. Presentation Structure • Start and end with summaries • Tell them what your going to tell them • Tell them • Tell them what you told them • Just enough detail in the middle • Avoid reading slides • Key points • Reminders

  4. Why Summarize? • A good listener typically gets 70% and will probably forgets most of that • Daydreams, distractions, noise • Motivated listeners perform better • Explain why they should care in opening • Explain the importance in closing

  5. Style • Colors • When/where to use bright/dark colors • Text • Size is important • Less is more • Images • Adding interest • Adding information • Syntax and Spelling • Fragments are ok • Break some rules • Why spelling is important

  6. Color • Color adds visual interest • Room lighting (windows, sunlight, night) plays a role. • Use high contrast in general • Dark text on light background (best for bright rooms) • Light text on dark background (best for dark rooms) • Projector lumens plays a role • With enough lumens it doesn’t matter

  7. Color • Too much color • Don’t make color a distraction • The right colors • Like music notes, some colors don’t play well together • Find good blends • Simple choices • Built in schemes are good

  8. Text • Less is more • No one wants to read your presentation • Limit your self • 7 words per line is usually enough • 7 lines per page • Rules are meant to be broken • Have a reason for breaking it

  9. Text • Size matters • Use as large a font as possible • Back of the room viewing • Rules can vary with the size of the room • sizes 18-24 may be too small for large rooms • Bonus: large font means less text

  10. Images • Images add visual interest • Include relevant image • Clip art • Graphs • Aim for every slide • Give the audience something to focus on

  11. Images • People process images faster than text • An outstanding graphic transmits more information • Is more memorable • Carries more weight

  12. We Covered … • Style • Colors • Text • Images • Syntax • Spelling • Presentation structure • Start and end with summaries • Just enough detail in the middle