PowerPoint Best Practices. Text Fonts Colors Bullets. Graphics Transitions Sound and Motion Final Suggestions. Agenda. TEXT. Introductory Slide. Should include: Name of your topic Name(s) of your presenters. Presentation Cycle. Introduction or Agenda Body – Main Points
Lower Case is easier to read than upper case.
UPPER CASE IS HARDER TO READ THAN LOWER CASE.
Keep the background simple. Try using a background with a solid color, subtle texture or a gradient sweep fading from one color to another.
Be aware of certain color combinations. Red text on a green or blue background is a problem for people who are color-blind or visually impaired. For example:
Red text on a green background.
Red text on a blue background.
Limitthenumberofcolorsinaslidetotwoorthreethat work well together.
Three sub point examples:
Important to note!By the end of 6 text filled slides, you have been talking for ten minutes without a visual.
Information is more important than graphics. Do not clutter your screen with graphics.
Slide transitions should be consistent throughout the presentation. Multiple slide transitions divert attention from the information presented.
Focus attention with text transitions
Use motion with discretion as it can also distract and annoy!
Use PowerPoint’s “Notes” option to make handouts which expand on the slides rather than simply printing the slides themselves as a handout.
If the Desktop of your computer is decorated with photos, illustrations, slogans, etc., make sure that the content is appropriate for public viewing. If not, change it prior to your presentation.
Try to rehearse your presentation with the computer connected to the projection device.
Numbering slides gives you the option of referring to them by number as you move from slide to slide. For example: “On Slide #2, we continue with the point…”
Press F1 (or SHIFT+?) and Slide Show Help will display automatically during your PowerPoint slide show.
Click your right-mouse button to get a shortcut menu.
Alt+Tab will give you a quick live web connection.
Try to insert…
at least every 20 minutes of your session to recognize the length of most adults’ attention span.
Have a blank slide or two at the end.If you end your presentation by clicking out of the slide show, you will show the audience the “backstage” view of your presentation. It’s better to have a slide at the end that says “Thank You” or a duplicate of your title slide.