what makes a good powerpoint presentation

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

1. Use the slide master feature to create a consistent and simple design template. It is fine to vary the content presentation (i.e. bulleted list, 2-column text, text & image), but be consistent with other elements such as font, colors, and background.

2. Simplify and limit the number of words on each screen. Use key phrases and include only essential information.

3. Use contrasting colors for text and background. Dark text on a light background is best. Patterned backgrounds can reduce readability of text.

4. Avoid the use of flashy transitions such as text fly-ins. These features may seem impressive at first, but are distracting and get old quickly.

5. Use good quality images that reinforce and complement your message. Ensure that your images maintain their impact and resolution when projected on a larger screen.

6. Practice with someone who has never seen your presentation. Ask them for honest feedback about colors, content, and any effects or graphics you've included.

7. Do not read from your slides. The content of your slides is for the audience, not for the presenter.

8. Do not speak to your slides. Many presenters face the direction of their presentation rather than their audience.

9. Do not apologize for anything in your presentation. If you believe something will be hard to read or understand, don't use it.

10. Have a Plan B in the event of technical difficulties.