Effective PowerPointPresentations Randy Dennis, Presenter Esperanza High School
Today’s Goals • Awareness of general design guidelines • Tips for effective presentations • Examine some PowerPoint techniques
Why PowerPoint? • Strictly Verbal Presentation • 10% retention rate • Verbal and Visual • 53% of what audience learns is from graphics • 67% of presenters meet goals when using visuals • Only 37% meet goals when not using visuals
General Design Tips • Use dark background with light text • Use 2-3 fonts at most • Use 2-3 colors at most • Look at your slides in black & white • Good design should look as good as it does in color • One slide per 1-2 minutes
Transitions & Sound • Stick with 1 or 2 transitions • Use animation sparingly • Use sound judiciously
Use Empty Space • Empty space adds impact • It makes message effective
Yellow with black or blue background… is considered the most readable.
Use your B key to black out Use your W key to white out Take Advantage of Black Outs This allows the audience to focus on what you are saying.
Visuals • More compelling than text • Humans process visuals faster • 66,000 times faster than text
Photos Particularly useful because your audience does not bring the same life experiences
Rules for Text • Slide should simply outline speaking points • Create brief attention getters • One concept per slide • One slide for every 1-2 minutes • Obey the rule of six by six • No more than six words and six lines per slide
Point Size • Stand back 10 feet from your computer • See if you can read it • If so audience can read it from a projected image
Font Size • 1” letters readable from 10 feet • 2” letters readable from 20 feet • 3” letters readable from 30 feet
CAPS • LIMIT THE NUMBER OF WORDS IN CAPS • THEY MAKE TEXT HARDER TO READ! • They make text harder to read!
Repetition • Repetition equals retention • Repetition equals retention • Repetition equals retention • Repetition equals retention • Repetition equals retention • Repetition equals retention
Movement • Bring in text one at a time • Movement catches the audiences eye • Remember-the audience is seeing the slides for the first time
Graphs and Charts Another way of visual communication.
Clipart • Should enhance not overrun your message
Children’s Art Sometimes a powerful alternative to photos.
Use the Rule of Thirds Visually Organize the Slide Into Thirds
Visualize a Triangle Extend the Rule of Thirds to a Triangular Design
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