Adapted from: Corina
Yen - 12/03/2007
Consider using less text on a slide -
just include enough to prompt you, the speaker, and to keep the audience on
Use powerful visuals. they can be iconic.
(Check out Corbis or
Veer for stock photography or do a
Google image or
Remember where you are presenting - size
of the auditorium and lighting conditions (images may be difficult to see and
if the text is too low on the slide it'll be hard to read)
More slides don't necessarily have to
take more time - sometimes it's better to spend less time on each slide so you
can add more (bigger) visuals to your presentation and make each slide easier
Focus not on what you did but what you
learned and insights you came to - start with a vision, then use your
activities this quarter to explain why that is the path - don't just
chronologically list every benchmarking activity and prototype you
Number your slides so that audience
members can refer to specific slides with their questions
Be sure to explain unfamiliar terms or
Consider using other media and
presentation options: a short, well editted video clip, a prop, or a
From: Gary Karp -
PowerPoint - Is It For Them, Or For
The concept is "Speaker Support".
PowerPoint - or whatever you use for presentation graphics - is supposed to
reinforce the information you're sharing.
Is that what you do with it? Or do you
use it as a prompt for yourself?
Worse yet, do you read your PowerPoint
slides to the audience? (Just don't.)
If you need something to prompt you
during your talk, use paper. Reading off the screen is boring (frankly) and
also makes you turn away from the group. They get your message better when you
face them and make eye contact.
Keep your slides simple with minimal
text. Otherwise you're dividing people's attention between trying to read
what's on the screen and listening to you. They can't do both at
And the more text on the screen, the less
likely anyone in the back can read them at all. More type equates to smaller,
harder to read font.
Bullets are simply to keep people
oriented to the point you're on. Use as few words as possible, and no more than
five per bullet.
Learn how to use the "build" feature to
bring up one point at a time. Again, it limits distraction. You'll find it in
Slideshow: Animations: Custom...: Options.
Better yet, consider simply using a large
title. I often use a single word or an image on the screen as I speak. Just as
often, I use nothing.
These rules are violated on a vast scale,
as well-intentioned presenters fail to communicate their important information
With these few simple methods, the power
of your presentations will explode!