Maintain A Consistent Layout A consistent layout and color scheme will create continuity and cohesiveness.
Use Bullets, Not Numbers Bullet points replace complete sentences. Bullets imply no significant order. Use numbers only to show rank of sequence.
Use The 6 x 6 Rule 6 lines of text 6 words per line
Keep Slides Easy To Read And Uncluttered Allow plenty of room around borders and illustrations.
Select Readable Type Size 36 point for titles— minimum. 24 point for body text— minimum. 45 Point 40 Point 35 Point 30 Point 25 Point 20 Point 15 Point 10 Point
Use A Readable Typeface And Font Use Sans serif (no curly feet) such as Arial or universal for body text. Use Serif (curly feet) such as Times New Roman or Courier for body text. No more than two fonts per slide.
Typeface Examples Comic Sans MS Universal Times New Roman Arial Century Schoolbook
Adjust Lettering To Discriminate Or Emphasize Make titles a larger type size than body elements. Emphasize important statements or words with bold, italic, larger size, color, or different fonts.
Choose Color Carefully Use the same color consistently throughout the presentation. Use light letters on a dark background and dark letters on a light background. Do not let color overpower the words. Use color to communicate, not decorate.
Use Solid Colors Instead Of Fill Patterns On Charts Patterns on bars or pie slices cause confusion. Solid colors convey a clear bold message.
Use Simple Tables to Present Numbers Use Tables For Your Numbers But, Not Too Many This Row.06.041 This Row1090100 That Row5510
Enhancing the Presentation Add Clipart, Pictures, Bitmaps, Animation, Video Clips, and Sound where appropriate. If ever.
Enhancing The Presentation Transitions –The most natural movement is from left to right. –If making a special point, text could move from the right to left. –Too many things flying around the screen detracts from the presentation. –Not every slide needs to be animated.
Enhancing The Presentation Transitions continued… –Slide transitions should be set to advance on a mouse click –Within a slide it is best for custom animation to be set to “Start After Previous” (automatically) to avoid frequently having to click the mouse within the slide. (Exceptions: if the presenter is discussing each topic individually)
Enhancing the Presentation Keep everything in alignment. Don’t go outside the default title and text block. Use handouts to show more detail than will project well on a slide.
Your Slides Are Not Your Presentation Slides draw attention to presentation. Focus interest on what is important. Audience must finish reading before you start talking. Do not read slides.
Summary Slide Always use at least one but no more than two summary/conclusion slides.
Finish Slide “Thank You For Your Attention” or other appropriate finish slide. Include 2 or 3 copies of finish slide to avoid inadvertent mouse “clicks”.