Effective Presentations: Using PowerPoint effectively

Effective Presentations: Using PowerPoint effectively

Effective Presentations: Using PowerPoint effectively

We’ve all been there – A hellish PowerPoint presentation. They come in a few different shades. The presenter that has typed out EVERY WORD on their PowerPoint slide and insists on reading it all back to you. The over-animated, bouncing whirling, motion-sickness inducing presentation. They just keep coming. So what are the golden rules to follow when construction a PowerPoint presentation? For the sanity of conference attendees everywhere, I’m so glad you asked!

Death by PowerPoint

  1. Use bullet points or short phrases for impact.
  2. Limit the presentation to as few words as possible per slide. List the major points. Additional information can be supplied in the form of notes/handouts.
  3. Avoid tables of figures. PowerPoint has a comprehensive range of charts and graphs which give figures and statistics far greater impact.
  4. Use an easy to read font (Times New Roman has the highest typeface readability). Point size for titles should be between 36 and 48 and text should be no less than 18 point.
  5. Highlight important information with CAPITAL LETTERS, colour, or drop shadows. Avoid italicising or underlining as they reduce readability.
  6. Ensure slides are in the correct order and do a dummy run-through prior to your presentation.
  7. Highlight key points with a laser pointer; Don’t walk in front of the display.
  8. Three bullet points per visual; maximum six words per line.