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PowerPoint for Beginners. Staff Training & Development UM Libraries. Agenda. Why use PowerPoint? Content vs. design F o n t and c o l o r ClipArt déjà vu Practice makes perfect! Try it yourself. Why Use PowerPoint?.

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PowerPoint for Beginners

Staff Training & Development

UM Libraries

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  • Why use PowerPoint?

  • Content vs. design

  • Font and color

  • ClipArt déjà vu

  • Practice makes perfect!

  • Try it yourself

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Why Use PowerPoint?

  • Capture your presentation—major concepts, organization, charts, graphs and more all in one place!

  • Share your presentation with others on the Web or in easy PowerPoint handouts.

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Content vs. design

  • Write your presentation in outline view.

  • Play with graphics, colors and fonts in slide view.

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Font and color

  • Two or three fonts are plenty.

  • Pick three or four colors that look nice together.

  • Use high contrast colors for background and text.

  • Don’t forget about red/green color-blindness.

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ClipArt déjà vu

  • Be a ClipArt minimalist.

  • Your audience has seen them all.

  • Be creative; make your own!

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Practice makes perfect!

  • Practice where you preach so you can fix problems before you present.

  • Rehearse your timings.

  • Show it to a friend before you make your debut.

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Try It Yourself

  • Download the PowerPoint Overview packet at http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/handouts/powerpoint101.pdf and follow the directions to create your own PowerPoint presentation.