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Creating Effective Presentations in PowerPoint. Pamela Conway – Dir. Business Development CompuWorks Systems, Inc. What Makes a Presentation Effective?. Three main elements: Content Design Delivery. Color. Background v. foreground Avoid color associations Changing color on the fly

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creating effective presentations in powerpoint

Creating Effective Presentations in PowerPoint

Pamela Conway – Dir. Business Development

CompuWorks Systems, Inc.

what makes a presentation effective
What Makes a Presentation Effective?
  • Three main elements:
    • Content
    • Design
    • Delivery
color
Color
  • Background v. foreground
  • Avoid color associations
  • Changing color on the fly
  • Use color to emphasize

Before

After

fonts
Fonts
  • Types:
    • Serif
    • San-serif
    • Script
    • Decorative

Sample of font types

fonts1
Fonts
  • Size minimums:
    • Title Font – between 36-44 point
    • Main Body Font – between 28-32 point
    • First Level Sub-Point Font – between 24-28 point
    • Second Level Sub-Point Font – between 24-26 point
fonts2
Fonts
  • Avoid words with all upper case letters
  • Avoid italics
  • Do not use too much bold text
  • Avoid using too many fonts – no more than 2

Before

After

bullets
Bullets
  • Active verbs, no punctuation
  • No more than 5-6 per page
  • No more than 36 words
  • No more than 2 levels
  • 1 line of text per bullet
  • Bullets into graphics?

Example

Example

Before

After

animation action settings
Animation & Action Settings
  • Avoid too many types of transitions in one presentation
  • Limit to providing highlights or use for emphasis
  • Good motion v. bad motion
  • What are Action Settings?

Example

Example

Example

graphics
Graphics
  • Graphic file types
    • BMP – uncompressed format created by Microsoft
    • TIFF – uncompressed; used mostly for print purposes; large file sizes
    • GIF – compressed BUT only renders up to 256 colors
    • JPG – optimized for photos; compression adjustable
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Graphics

Recommendations

Use JPG when possible

Shrink photo size in other application

Photoshop

Fireworks

GIF may work for medical scan, x-ray images

thank you
Thank You!

Pamela Conway

CompuWorks Systems, Inc.

pconway@compuworks.com

www.compuworks.com/ppt

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