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PowerPoint Presentation Advice Mike Splane –© 2006 Structuring Your Talk: Preparing a talk always takes far longer than you anticipate. Start early! Write a clear statement of the problem and its importance. Research. Collect material which may relate to the topic. Tell a story in a logical sequence. Stick to the key concepts. Avoid description of specifics and unnecessary details. If you are making a series of points, organize them from the most to the least important. The less important points can be skipped if you run short of time. Keep your sentences short, about 10-20 words each is ideal. This is the way people usually talk. Strive for clarity. Are these the best words for making your point? Are they unambiguous? Are you using unfamiliar jargon or acronyms? Preparing Your Slides: Presentation Design Don’t overload your slides with too much text or data. FOCUS. In general, using a few powerful slides is the aim. Let the picture or graphic tell the story. Avoid text. Type key words in the PowerPoint Notes area listing what to say when displaying the slide. The notes are printable. Number your slides and give them a title. Use the “summary slide” feature in slide sorter view to prepare an Agenda or Table of Contents slide. Prepare a company logo slide for your presentation. You can add a logo and other graphics to every slide using the slide master feature. Proof read everything, including visuals and numbers. Keep “like” topics together Strive for similar line lengths for text. Visual elements A font size of 28 to 34 with a bold font is recommended for subtitles. The title default size is 44. Use a san serif font for titles. Use clear, simple visuals. Don’t confuse the audience. Use contrast: light on dark or dark on light. 8/30/2009 Presentation Tips …sjsu.edu/…/PresentationTips.htm 1/5
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Graphics should make a key concept clearer. Place your graphics in a similar location within each screen. To temporarily clear the screen press W or B during the presentation. Press Enter to resume the presentation. Text Font size must be large enough to be easily read. Size 28 to 34 with a bold font is recommended.
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