G.S. Betney (2011) How to use PowerPoint effectively
Today’s workshop What is PowerPoint? Designing PowerPoint presentations – some do’s and don’ts Creating a PowerPoint presentation Delivering a PowerPoint presentation
What is PowerPoint? PowerPoint is a presentation program Easy to learn Easy to use Can incorporate clipart and multimedia such as graphics, video, audio..
PowerPoint however is not… A replacement for presentation skills A replacement for knowledge Easy to use WELL
A warning from the experts “In the hands of an agile expert, Microsoft's (MSFT) PowerPoint can be a powerful weapon. For everyone else, the world's best-selling presentation software has the impact of a squirt gun. It isn't that the software is hard to use. On the contrary, the fact that it's so simple to use may be why so many audiences are asleep before the fifth slide.” Business 2.0 (http://www.bkdgraphics.com/documents/KungF u.pdf)
Designing PowerPoint presentations Choose a design template that has high contrast between text and background especially when using projection equipment The idea is to make it easy for your audience to read NOT to distract them with overly complex designs and colours, remember that some people are colour blind Bad design can create problems especially for students with bad eyesight or dyslexia
Fonts Be consistent Don’t use more than three fonts in a presentation Do not use script fonts or fancy fonts You may wish to adjust the font for handouts
Font size Your font size should be big enough to be seen!!! For a large room at least 24 point Be consistent
Text Do not put too much text on a slide, this can lead to the number 1 PowerPoint error of ‘reading’ the slide No more than SIX bullet points per slide Use the NOTES feature Use headlines and sub-headings
Text Use spell check – just press F7 – spelling errors always look unprofessional, much more so in 24 point projected onto a screen Ask a friend to proofread for you before you actually present Use correct punctuation and be consistent Use upper case and lower case letters
Animation Animation is fun but can distract your audience from what you are saying so: USE SPARINGLY Not like this….
Music Music is best avoided but can be pedagogically useful at the start of a lecture How, why and when?
Graphics Clip art Photographs Only use if it illustrates the point Only ONE per slide
Charts and Tables Charts and tables are useful to explain complex ideas Make sure they are big enough to see easily including legends Normally only ONE per slide (unless comparing)
Creating a PowerPoint presentation Do NOT start by opening PowerPoint Always PLAN the presentation out first Create a ‘storyboard’ Then…
Delivering a PowerPoint presentation PowerPoint is there to help you get your points across NOT to distract the audience and dominate the lecture. It is NOT a substitute for knowledge Remember PPPPP Prior practice prevents poor performance
Delivering a PowerPoint presentation Do NOT read the slides, explain the points Do NOT speak with your back to the audience If necessary use a spare laptop or hard copies so you don’t have to look behind you Do not rush, spend 2-3 minutes on each slide
Handouts It is usually a good idea to provide handouts When to give them to your audience is a matter of some debate You can produce them with 3 slides per page and space for notes