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2 PowerPoint Dos and Donts

3 Text Dos Keep slides concise Font size should range between 18 to 48 (according to importance) Use fonts that are easy to read, such as Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, etc. Use uppercase letters for the first letter Leave space between the lines of text Use statements, not sentences Use keywords to help the audience focus on your message

4 Text Donts Don't include too many details and data (no more than 7 words to a line and 7 lines to a slide) Don't crowd the information Don't use flashy or curvy fonts Don't use all uppercase letters (they are difficult to read and will appear to your audience that you are yelling) Don't use abbreviations Don't use punctuation marks for bulleted items

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6 Use Readable Fonts San Serif fonts are most legible on screen Cursive fonts fall out of legibility quickly Cutesy fonts arent easy to read A different font that has bold letter strokes can work well Serif fonts can be used but are harder to read especially from the back of the room Not all computers have the same fonts

7 Limit Text Per Slide Large font size increases legibility and forces the issue of limiting text per slide

8 7 Two type faces, or fonts, provide about enough variety for most presentations. Serif faces, like Times New Roman, above, are thought to let the eye flow more quickly over the words.Serif faces, like Times New Roman, above, are thought to let the eye flow more quickly over the words. San serif faces, like Helvetica, have a clean modern look.San serif faces, like Helvetica, have a clean modern look.

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10 Color Dos Limit the use of color to 2 to 4 colors/shades Use colors that will stand out and will be easy on the eyes(dark backgrounds and light text is best) Remember, the colors projected from a data projector will look different than the colors on your computer screen

11 Color Donts Don't have multiple color schemes Don't use dark colors on a dark background (red, blue, and black should not be used together as text and background)

12 Use Contrasting Colors Good BadGoodBad !GoodBadGoodBadGood

13 12 Complementary Color Schemes Opposite colors Grabs attentions

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18 Use Simple Muted Background Images

19 Sound Dos Use sounds to help convey, complement, or enhance the message

20 Sound Donts Don't use sounds when they aren't appropriate Sounds can be distracting and can make your presentation less effective

21 Images & Shapes Dos Include images that make the issue you are presenting more true to life, so your audience will understand and identify with it Only include 1 to 2 images per slide Use shapes to illustrate complex topics

22 Images & Shapes Donts Don't use too many graphics (can be distracting) Don't use low-quality images (images should not be pixilated)

23 Graphs & Charts Dos Include graphs and charts that show relationships, comparisons, and change Illustrate your point by verbally discussing the graph or chart

24 Graphs & Charts Donts Avoid meaningless graphs that are difficult to read

25 Transitions Dos Use transitions to help your presentation make more of an impact by varying the way one slide replaces another Keep transitions to a minimum Use the same transition or a variation of the transition

26 Transitions Dos Use transitions to help your presentation make more of an impact by varying the way one slide replaces another Keep transitions to a minimum Use the same transition or a variation of the transition

27 Transitions Dos Use transitions to help your presentation make more of an impact by varying the way one slide replaces another Keep transitions to a minimum Use the same transition or a variation of the transition

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29 Transitions Donts Avoid flashy transitions (too much movement will distract your audience) Avoid using random slide transitions

30 Transitions Donts Avoid flashy transitions (too much movement will distract your audience) Avoid using random slide transitions

31 Transitions Donts Avoid flashy transitions (too much movement will distract your audience) Avoid using random slide transitions

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33 When You Practice Your Presentation Use a data projector to view your presentation: – Is it easy to read the text? – Is the amount of information on each slide kept to – a minimum? – Are there any distracting elements? Ask others for feedback

34 When You Practice Your Presentation Don't read your material directly from the screen (use the slides as prompts, outlines, or conversation points, not cue cards) Don't leave all the lights on in the room (be sure people can actually see the screen)


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