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Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations


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Title: Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations
Note to viewer
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  • PowerPoint features
  • Presentation elements
  • Formatting
  • Content
  • Rehearsal
  • Instructions specific to this class
  • Works consulted

PowerPoint features
  • Commonly used in business presentations
  • Provides colorful choices
  • Coordinates vividly with oral delivery
  • Offers amazing flexibility
  • Utilizes multi-media (text, graphics, sound,
  • Keeps audience on track

Presentation elements
  • Title page
  • Presenter(s) introduction
  • Overview page (presentation contents)
  • Concise content
  • Conclusion

Formatting Text
  • Use only 1 or 2 fonts
  • Serif and sans-serif
  • Broad line strokes
  • Complementary styles
  • Use 18 pt. or larger
  • Include up to 3 type treatments per page
  • Size, bold, italics
  • Dont underline
  • This is Arial
  • This is Garamond
  • This is Aristocrat LET
  • This is Antique Olive
  • This is Delphian
  • Which is easiest to read?

Formatting Text
  • Consistently use upper and lower case
  • Use consistent placement in layout
  • Avoid using all upper case letters
  • Use parallel construction in vertical lists
  • Omit most punctuation
  • May use symbols ( instead of and)

Formatting Graphics
  • Represent the topic clearly with graphics
  • Select suitable concise graphics
  • Discard or manipulate wordy insertions
  • Avoid adulteration
  • Use a combination of graphics (color, art,
    charts, graphs, etc.)

Formatting Graphics
  • Graphics use several different formats
  • .psd
  • .jpeg
  • .eps
  • File format compatibility should be considered
    (PC vs. Mac formats)
  • Resolution can be low (about 72 dpi)

Formatting Graphics
  • Often overused (especially clip art)
  • Often poorly related to text/topic
  • Might be obscure (meaning)
  • Sometimes positioned poorly
  • Slows transitions and downloading
  • May not be free (do not steal it!)

Formatting Graphics
  • Makes slide more interesting
  • Might add color
  • Directs the eye
  • Enhances or makes a point
  • May provide humor

Formatting Graphics
  • Select diversity sensitive clip art
  • Select clearly-drawn graphics
  • Avoid dated art
  • Alter free art as needed
  • Avoid unnecessary clutter
  • Place graphics appropriately

Formatting Layouts
  • Alter slide layouts sparingly, but appropriately
  • Select some permanent elements for all slides
  • This is a 2-column layout
  • Use the 6 X 6 rule for text
  • Up to 6 lines per page
  • Up to 6 words per line
  • Less when graphics are utilized

Formatting Layouts
  • Use basic design concepts for layout
  • Balance top-to-bottom for placement
  • Center left-to-right
  • Size graphics to balance with text
  • Use appropriate hierarchy in text sizes
  • Alter slide layout as needed

Formatting Layouts
  • Be creative!
  • Utilize
  • Hyperlinks
  • Sound
  • Animation
  • Transitions
  • Enhance content, dont compete

Formatting Notes
  • Contain presenters words and directions
  • Wont be seen in slide show view
  • Differentiate between words and directions
  • Directions in all upper case or brackets
  • What presenter will say in upper/lower case
  • Use appropriate punctuation in notes

Content Purpose
  • Content depends on purpose
  • Should relate to audience
  • Avoid content presenter cant pronounce
  • Select highlights
  • Avoid unnecessary, minute details (dates,
    figures, etc.)
  • Provide content that is interesting, yet easy to
    follow for listeners

Content Sources
  • Cite material from other sources
  • May be on slides
  • May be in notes (speaker says it)
  • May be at the end of presentation
  • Dont forget sources for graphics
  • Footnotes should be 1/2 size of text1
  • Follow a standard format (MLA, APA, etc.)
  • 1 Lehman DuFrene, Business Communication, 13th
    ed. New York South-Western Thomson Learning,

Rehearsal Set the stage
  • Dark room requires light background
  • Light room requires dark background
  • Contrast is the key
  • Room width/depth determine who can see screen
  • Obstructions should be avoided
  • The presenter(s) shouldnt obstruct the view

Rehearsal Testing, testing
  • Assure availability of compatible equipment
  • Use Web-safe colors
  • Check for differences between PCs and Macs (type,
    color, file format)
  • Check hyperlinks
  • Always have a back-up plan for projection

Rehearsal Getting it right
  • Proofread carefully
  • Practice in front of others several times
  • Seek objective feedback
  • Eradicate spelling errors (presentation
  • Dont read straight from slides (look at audience)

Rehearsal Timing
  • Coordinate speaking and visuals
  • Use 1 to 2 slides per minute
  • Maximum 30 slides per 15-minute presentation
    (average is 20 slides)
  • Practice speed, tone, volume, projection (of
    voice), and movement

  • B. J. Reed and Patricia A. Clausen

Works Consulted
  • Hult, Christine A. and Thomas N. Huckin. Oral
    Presentations Using PowerPoint and Other Tools.
    The New Century Handbook, 3rd ed. New York
    Pearson Longman, 2005.

Works Consulted
  • Murray, Katherine. 10 Tips for Creating Effective
    Presentations in PowerPoint 2002. Microsoft
    Corporation. 21 August 2006.

Works Consulted
  • Reid, Stephen. The Prentice Hall Guide for
    College Writers, 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Prentice Hall, 2003.

Works Consulted
  • U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety
    Health Administration. Presenting Effective
    Presentations with Visual Aids. May 1996. 21
    August 2006. ltwww.osha.govgt.