Showing posts with label Presentations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Presentations. Show all posts

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Polish Up Your Presentations

We run a lot of workshops most of which are based around PowerPoint presentations.

Over the years we have found that the best presentations are simple and highly visual. So our top tips for preparing and using slides are:
  • Use a neutral background in each presentation and avoid fancy templates which too easily distract an audience.
  • Work with a single font that contrasts strongly with the background. (We opt for a plain black background with white text). And don't be too fancy with italics and bold type.
  • Avoid straight text. Aim for no more than six simply expressed bullet points per slide.
  • Custom animation is a great tool but go easy on all the fancy fly-in effects that can leave the audience dizzy.
  • Include a title on each individual slide so people can see the big picture of what you are talking about.
  • Use an image on each slide to reinforce the message you are making. Make sure it complements and does not overshadow the meaning of the text.
  • Develop your presentation so you speak directly to the audience and not read from a screen.
  • Use a remote control device plugged into your laptop or computer that allows you to change slides from anywhere in the room. (These are readily available and don't cost much).
And post your presentation to a social networking site such as Slide Share so people can access it after you leave. Either post it permanently or tell your audience it is only available for a limited time.

But above all avoid the common mistakes shown in this humourous video.