Presentation on theme: "The seven deadly sins of power point presentations"— Presentation transcript:
1 The seven deadly sins of power point presentations
2 Sin #1 Letter fonts are ornate, or there are too many different fonts, styles, and font colors in a single presentation.Serif – with embellishmentSans Serif – without embellishmentExplain the difference of serif and sans serif, examples follow on next slides
3 Examples of serif fonts: Computer tech Computer Tech
5 Colors Limit use of colors to one or two in a presentation The primary colors are red, yellow and blueAvoid using redDifficult to readSome people are color blind to redDid you know that color blindness is passed on genetically?
6 Sin #2 Font sizes and/or graphics are too small. Titles : 35 to 40 or larger size fontText : 24 to 29 size fontMake sure the back row can read words
7 GraphicsGraphics that are too small cannot be seen by everyone in the room.Ask if students at the back of the room can see what the small picture is. Following their response, click to bring in large photo.
8 Save photo as: largest size available PhotosThe larger photo was saved as a 1 by 1 inch tag from google, but the one on the left was saved as large as possible.Make sure to click on “see larger size” and then save photo. Go to google images and show example.Save photo as: largest size available
9 Sin #3 the background is too busy or the colors lack contrast When a photo is used as a slide background, it is often difficult to read textText color and background color need to have enough contrast for legibility
10 Background colorsIt is difficult for people to read when there isn’t enough contrastLight colors on dark backgrounds are not always the solutionA contrasting color is easier for reading
11 When the background is too busy, it is difficult for people to read the text
12 Sin #4 Crowding too much information onto a single screen or transparency Keep screens simple and clearDo not crowd textUse short phrases and key wordsSix by Six ruleNo more than six lines of text per screenNo more than six words per line
13 Sin #5 Leaving a screen unchanged for too long or not leaving a screen up long enough for the audience to take notesSolutionsReveal information progressivelyUse handouts of slidesDon’t overcrowd slides with words
14 Sin #6 Overusing special effects (animations & transitions) Be consistentDon’t use too many different effectsAudience will be more interested in effects than presentation
15 Special effect overload Effects are coolOne per slide
16 Sin #7 Presentation is all text, no pictures Some people are visual learnersPictures and graphs make your presentation interesting
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