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Powerpoint Design Tips

Powerpoint Design Tips

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Published by: Geoff Cain on Sep 25, 2009
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PowerPoint Design Tips
Geoffrey B. Cain, M.S.PowerPoint can be a very powerful tool to help engage, inform and persuade an audience. It can also helpa teacher to engage a classroom in some very dynamic ways. It can also put a room to sleep, or even worse,obscure critical information. Following these guidelines will help your create a meaningful and interestingpresentation.
1. Each Slide Has a Purpose
Never use a tool just because you can. Make sure you are using the right tool for your purpose.
 Are you presenting information or persuading?
Use slides for previewing and reviewing what you are saying.
Make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them.
Use slides to engage the audience (ask a question, present date, use images, etc.).
Title slides with their purpose: do not use generic titles (“The Problem” “The Solution” “InSummary” etc.)
2. Keep Your Colors Consistent
 You don’t have to be a design guru to get the colors right. If you like a template, remember that you canalso change the color palate.
Make use of the templates that come with PowerPoint, or create your own color scheme.
 You can download many more templates from Microsoft’s web site.
Use the same template and color scheme throughout the presentation.
3. Use Text Sparingly
If what you have to say is all text, send everyone an email or a letter. If you are going to use text- less ismore. Use images, graphs, and charts to clarify your points and help people to remember information.
Strive for at-a-glance comprehension.
Think in terms of keywords, key points, and topics.
Use the notes feature on handouts for more details if you wish.
Bulleted lists
Try to limit slides to three or four bullets backed up with only a sentence or two.
Use no more than 7 words per line and no more than 6 bullets per slide.
 Your talk, lecture or conversation should explain the bullets.
 You are the presentation, the bullet points and slides are only an aid.
Proofread your text! (Click on the “Review” tab and click on “Spelling & Grammar”)
4. Fonts Matter
The right fonts can help your readers in a room and on the web.
Sans-serif fonts such as Verdana, Arial or Helvetica are easier to read.
Georgia is considered a screen-safe serif font
Don't use font sizes smaller than 24 points.
Clearly label each slide and use a larger font (35+ points) or a different color for the title.
 Avoid italics as they can be difficult to read quickly.
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