Here is a simple list of Do’s and Don’ts for creating presentations…
- Create a .pdf version of your file as a backup.
- Be prepared for formatting changes. Your presentation may appear different on a different computer .
- Print out your slide outline in case you have technical difficulties.
- Use a 36 or larger point font.
- Use easy to read fonts…remember…many may need to be seen from the back of the room!
- Use bullet points. Break up the information – do not write out entire paragraphs unless it is a quote. Keep the number of bullets to 5.
- Keep the number of words in a bullet to 10.
- Use consistent transitions.
- Use quick transitions (don’t choose the “slow” transition).
- Keep your colors consistent, fonts consistent, background consistent!
- Limit the amount of material.
- Display images.
- Use it to facilitate note-taking and bring structure to the lecture.
- Graphically represent concepts.
- Convey passion and emotion with your voice! Walk around the room.
- Get a wireless presenter so that you may step away from the podium.
- Make contact with your audience.
- Try telling stories.
- Do not use light colored fonts.
- Do not use patterned backgrounds.
- Use a font size smaller than 36.
- Write too much information.
- Use the publisher powerpoint slides without viewing first. Are they really what you want to use? Do they contain the necessary information?
- Do not use out-dated material.
- Do not use only slides. Non-stop slides can be boring. Interrupt the material with discussion questions and activities.
- Do not overuse animations.
- Do not read word for word without paraphrasing or elaborating.
- Do not put too much information on a slide. Sometimes less is more.
- Do not be tied to the front of the room.
- Do not clash colors. Do they work together?
- Do not use slide transition sounds unless there is a specific reason you need it.
Finally, try something new!
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