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1 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Preparing slide-show presentations S.P. Platt

2 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Clarity is the key Not too much detail –Ease of assimilation –Legibility Careful choice of formatting –Typeface –Size –Colours

3 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Colour schemes Use light colours on a dark background Choose simple backgrounds Choose clearly contrasting colours

4 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Text style and size Use a “sans serif” font –e.g. Arial, like this Make it big enough to read –The title is 44 point – very big –This is 32 point –This is 28 point –This is 24 point – go no smaller –This is 20 point – too small really!

5 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Text content Be brief –Five words in title –Seven lines in body –Twenty words in body Tables –Three rows by four columns

6 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Use pictures A picture paints a thousand words –That’s 50 slides’ worth Use clear charts, diagrams and graphs Use clear axes and curves Use contrasting colours

7 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt An interesting graph

8 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Legibility rules of thumb Your slides must be visible at a distance of 10 times their height. FormatDistance A4 paper7'7' 15" VDU7'7' 17" VDU9'9'

9 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt What a horrible colour scheme! Don’t try to be clever with fonts. This is too small, and much too busy.

10 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt This is something else that gets on people’s nerves So don’t do it.

11 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt More bad habits Can you read this? Or this ? (That was 16 pt – this is 32 pt) I suppose there’s a temptation to put as much text on a slide as possible to try to get more information across at one go, but it’s too much and too small to read and, besides, you only end up reading the slide out verbatim during the presentation which is hardly worth doing, you might as well give copies of the slides out to the audience and let them read it themselves while you stand there with nothing to do, because they’ll be too busy reading to listen to what you have to say and that’s not really what it’s all about now, is it?

12 Preparing slide-show presentations © S.P. Platt Keep it simple! I shan’t say “stupid” - yet.


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