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1 Introduction to Powerpoint Brad Jordan Bucknell Geology

2 Nothing Fancy Nothing Fancy Let your science Let your science make the impression make the impression What am I here to tell you? Introduction to PowerPoint

3 Key Elements in Preparing and Presenting a Talk* Introduction to PowerPoint * from GSA Today, 2/01 Introduce, Inform, Conclude Introduce, Inform, Conclude Keep it simple Keep it simple Talk to me Talk to me Body language matters Body language matters Watch the clock Watch the clock

4 Introduce, Inform, Conclude 1. Tell them what you are going to tell them 2. Tell them 3. Tell them what you told them Introduction to PowerPoint

5 Keep it simple Two to four key points Two to four key points People cannot mentally organize more than that People cannot mentally organize more than that

6 Introduction to PowerPoint Talk to Me Use appropriate language Use appropriate language Use short words Use short words Avoid jargon, even when talking to peers Avoid jargon, even when talking to peers

7 Introduction to PowerPoint Getting Ready: Move away from the computer! Plan your whole presentation before making the first slide

8 Where are you presenting? If it doesn’t work, its your fault! Introduction to PowerPoint Getting Ready:

9 Introduction to PowerPoint 35 mm slides? On-screen show? Overheads? Data projector? File \ Page Setup… before you start! Getting Ready:

10 Plan Ahead Plan your whole presentation before Plan your whole presentation before making the first slide making the first slide Use a consistent style Use a consistent style (colors, font, graph type, etc.) (colors, font, graph type, etc.)

11 Choose your background and text colors wisely… R O Y G B I V R O Y G B I V warm cool warm cool Cool colors for backgrounds Cool colors for backgrounds Contrast colors for legibility Contrast colors for legibility Important points get brightest color Important points get brightest color Introduction to PowerPoint

12 Other background options include… Design templates Auto layout Textures Whatever your choice, be consistent Introduction to PowerPoint

13 Using Text Use only two colors exception: third color may highlight an important term an important term Introduction to PowerPoint

14 Using too many colors can really annoy your audience Using Text Introduction to PowerPoint

15 Text The main rule about text slides is to keep them short. Too much text can bore the audience. Images are more motivating and persuasive. When you project a text slide during a presentation, the audience will not hear what you say while they read the text.

16 Text Limit each slide to one topic: - Maximum 6 lines words each line - Think "highway billboards"

17 Text Keep it short Keep it short Use images Use images keep the audience focused on you

18 Scanned images are often too busy and contain unreadable text.

19 Study Area Elmwood Fault Zone ARK Modified from Hudson, 2000 If you make the (poor) choice to use one, try and help your audience out!

20 Scanned diagram….too busy!

21 The Bragg Law: n = 2d sin d X-Rays ( ) “Reflected” Rays row of atoms Same image, cleaned-up in Photoshop and labeled in Powerpoint

22 Location of Study Area Brad’sHouse

23 Photos Field Area Equipment/Methods Use a scanner, then import into Powerpoint Anything that helps “tell the story”

24 Location of Brad’s House Winfield, PA You provide the “text” in your presentation!

25 Color Choices: R O Y G B I V R O Y G B I V warm cool warm cool Cool colors for backgrounds Cool colors for backgrounds Contrast colors for legibility Contrast colors for legibility Important points get brightest color Important points get brightest color

26 Text General Rules: Begin each point with a bullet Begin each point with a bullet AVOID USE OF ALL AVOID USE OF ALL UPPER CASE LETTERS UPPER CASE LETTERS Center titles Center titles Left-justify main points Left-justify main points

27 Text - Size: Give Brad a raise Give Brad a raise (48 pt.) Give Brad a raise Give Brad a raise (24 pt.) Give Brad a raise General Rule: no smaller than 24 pt!

28 Graphics Keep it simple Keep it simple Get main ideas absorbed quickly Get main ideas absorbed quickly No tables! No tables! Illustrate one point at a time Illustrate one point at a time

29 Graphics If you have to do a table: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #

30 Graphics Colors: Limit of 5 colors Limit of 5 colors Important points bright Important points bright Ticks, axes, grids - dull color Ticks, axes, grids - dull color

31 Time ( seconds) Height (centimeters) Fluid Height in Vertical Pipe vs. Time Increasing error probably due to surface tension. Bad Graphic

32 Better...

33 Maps and Illustrations Simple, simple, simple Simple, simple, simple Text and Labels to a minimum Text and Labels to a minimum You explain it You explain it

34 Physiographic Map of Pennsylvania

35 Rip it right off the Web but be careful of copyright violations! The Web-Accessible Diffractometer at IPFW Geosciences

36 Tracking Map for Hurricane Frances source: Weather Underground (wunderground.com)

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