Guidelines for Successful PowerPoint Presentations | My Assignment Tutor

General Guidelines for Successful PowerPoint Presentations Components of the presentation TitleIntroduction/OverviewBodyConclusionReferencesSpeaker contact information Formatting Fonts Use a font style that is simple (for example, Arial or Verdana) and large enough to be seen by those at the back of the roomUse at least a 36-point font for headingsUse at least 24-point font for body textEnsure that the size of the fonts used (for headings, body text, etc.) is consistent throughout the presentationDon’t use ALL CAPS, italics or underline text – these types of formatting can be difficult to read and understand once projected on a screenTo make text stand out and draw your audience’s attention to it, make it bold, or change its colourUse a dark font on a light background (best for printing)Use a white or light font on a dark background (best for dark rooms)Remember that too many colours can overwhelm the eyeVery simple backgrounds are bestStick with a single background for the entire presentation Images and Graphics Place graphics on the left with text on the rightWith a heading, a graphic can be centredSelect high-quality graphics and illustrationsEnsure that every image being used serves a purposeClip art is not desirableAnimated graphics can be distracting to your audience, unless they illustrate your pointUse bar graphs and pie charts instead of tables of data, when possible. If you are using tables of data, make sure that the figures are large enough to be read by your audience.Ensure that you attribute each graphic on the same slide on which it appears (The font can be a small font, but must be visible)Dazzle your audience with information, not with graphics Animations If you animate your presentation so that your points appear gradually, ensure that you use the same transition throughoutAnimations with noise or other audio should be used sparingly Content Text Keep text to a minimum. Let images and graphics illustrate and dramatize your pointsEnsure a consistency of syntax on each slide. For example, use the same text throughout your presentation.Use more slides, list only the key points and add details verballyAvoid abbreviations, unless you are sure everyone in the audience knows what they meanDon’t forget to spell-check your contentRemember that most people have about a 15-minute attention span. If you have a long presentation, add in some interactive elements every 10 – 15 minutes, so you do not lose your audience. Bullets Keep the number of bullets per slide under fiveKeep the number of words to fewer than seven per bulletDon’t use punctuation at the end of bulletsCapitalize only the first word in a bullet unless a word is a proper nounCommunicate one thought per bulletUse no more than two levels of bullets per slideLeft-justify all bullets The Ontario Public Health Convention (2014). General Guidelines for Successful PowerPoint Presentations. Retrieved from http://www.tophc.ca/Pages/Presenters.aspx

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