Creating a PowerPoint Presentation Informative rather than visually appealing or beneficial to use in a presentation.
Pre-Planning • The planning stage of PowerPoint presentations demands discipline, time and creativeness. Once you establish the content or main focus, the goal is to gather as many images as possible. • Plan ahead • Who is the audience and what is your desired outcome? Different audiences require different presentations
Getting Started • Once you collect all the material necessary to produce PowerPoint presentations, the best course of action is to experiment with the items. Keep track of where you obtained your images and/or videos. The goal is to consolidate the material into the slides. You will not use all the content, but it is better to have more than not enough material.
Layout • The title page shows the focus of the content. The next slide shows the introduction of what will be covered in the scope of the presentation. Each successive slide will contain the points that one wants to make about the featured material. Whether one uses videos, diagrams, images and informative text, the imagination is the key to successful PowerPoint presentations.
Slides • PowerPoint slides are a visual aid intended to support your oral delivery--not to replace it. Good slides are good pictures. They are a visual representation of what you are saying, attractive to look at and easy to understand just by glancing at them. They are an enhancement, a simplification or an addition. They do not require detailed interpretation, explanation or reading.
You…on Stage • A presentation is a performance and you are the star. Your slides should help you tell your story--not tell your story for you. That means you must cull your slides; eliminate all but the most essential. • Any slide that is just a bunch of text must go. • Any slide you have included "just in case" must be discarded. • Delete any slide that needs a long explanation, a slow read or a magnifying glass. • Eliminate full sentences and use key words only. Use bullets sparingly and make sure they are grammatically parallel. • No more than 7 bullet points • The brain cannot remember more than this in one go. Strange yet true. It's the way our conscious mind works. Trust me its true. Bullet points are a great idea. Ideally no more than 4 or 5 per slide if you really want to have impact • As the saying goes to many cooks spoil the broth. Well to many words on a slide switches off the audience. It has no impact and often confuses people.
It’s all About You! • The fact is, you are the presentation; your slides are not. If everything you want to say is on your slides, you lose your animation, your spontaneity and your ability to connect with your audience. What's worse, your audience loses you--so you lose them.
Professional tips for high-impact slides: • choose a dark color--never use a white background • look for a background image that adds dimension and depth to the screen • use pictures that are a metaphor for your message • Photoshop an appropriate image and use it as background for the whole slide--not as a little insert • use the biggest font you can; 36 points is minimum • do not use cheesy clipart images • aim for consistency--pictures that help you tell a coherent story
Presenting • Do not stare at the floor or at the sky rather look intently at your audience. • Eye contact will give them special experience, but do not only stare at one audience member, gaze from the left side to the right side of your audience slowly, remember, slowly, and then glance at the center side of your audience, repeat it again after a few minutes. • Control your speech, do not speak too fast or too slow, speak with best fit volume which is clear to your audience, so they can understand what is the message you want to deliver. • Tone is important as well, do not speak with flat tone or monotone, because it will make your audience feel sleepy.
Notes • Create notes for each slide to guide you through your presentation; these are added at the bottom (under the slide)
References • Parenthetical citations must be used throughout PowerPoint • References should be included at the end
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