Presentation on theme: "Tips for an Effective PowerPoint Presentation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Tips for an Effective PowerPoint Presentation Avoiding the Pitfallsof Bad Slides
2 Title Slides Start off with a main title slide Main title should be your topicAlso include your name and dateTie in the colours/graphics with other slides
3 Good Slide Layout Title each slide (eg. Symptoms) Write in point form, not complete sentencesInclude 4-5 points max. per slideContinue topic on next slide if neededAvoid wordiness: use key words and phrases only
4 There is no title on this slide There is no title on this slide. This page contains too many words for a presentation slide. It is not written in point form, making it difficult both for your audience to read and for you to present each point. Although there are exactly the same number of points on this slide as the previous slide, it looks much more complicated. In short, your audience will spend too much time trying to read this paragraph instead of listening to you.
5 Good Slide Animation Show one point at a time: Will help audience concentrate on what you are sayingWill prevent audience from reading aheadWill help you keep your presentation focused
6 Bad Slide Animation Do not use distracting animation Do not go overboard with the animationBe consistent with the animation that you use
7 Good Fonts Use at least an 18-point font Use different sized fonts for main points and secondary pointsthis font is 24-point, the main point font is 28-point, and the title font is 44-pointUse a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial
8 Bad Fonts CAPITALIZE ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ If you use a small font, your audience won’t be able to read what you have writtenCAPITALIZE ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO READDon’t use a complicated font
9 Colour: GoodUse a colour of font that contrasts sharply with the backgroundEx: blue font on white backgroundUse colour to reinforce the logic of your structureEx: light blue title and dark blue textUse colour to emphasize a pointBut only use this occasionally
10 Colour: BadUsing a font colour that does not contrast with the background colour is hard to readUsing colour for decoration is distracting and annoying.Using a different colour for each point is unnecessaryUsing a different colour for secondary points is also unnecessaryTrying to be creative can also be bad
11 Good BackgroundsUse backgrounds such as this one that are attractive but simpleUse backgrounds which are lightTry to use the same background consistently throughout your presentation
12 Background – BadAvoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read fromAlways be consistent with the background that you use
13 Good Graphics Used to complement information Make sure they don’t overpower informationConsider placement and size
14 Bad Graphics Keep white space in mind Don’t overcrowd with graphics/photosKeep them appropriate!
15 Spelling and Grammar Proof your slides for: speling mistakesthe use of of repeated wordsgrammatical errors you might have makeHave someone else check your work!
Making PowerPoint Slides Avoiding the Pitfalls of Bad Slides Source: www.iasted.org/conferences/formatting/Presentations-Tips.ppt (with some modifications)www.iasted.org/conferences/formatting/Presentations-Tips.ppt.