Let's face it. Love it or hate it, PowerPoint, or PowerPoint type slides, are the most common form of visual aid seen during a presentation. We all know that we have encountered boring power points presentations with an overload of information and lack of creativity.
Developed by Microsoft, PowerPoint is a presentation software that enables users to communicate text, graphics, video, and other content via electronic slides.
The following design tips can help users develop effective PowerPoint presentations, while keeping in mind PowerPoint etiquette.
1. Do not write the entire presentation on your PowerPoint. Instead, create bullet points and headings no longer than three to five words that give the main points.
2. Present no more than five to seven lines per slide.
3. Use two slides rather than cramming too much information into one.
4. Be consistent with your "theme" throughout the presentation (i.e., do not use a different theme for each slide).
5. Do not overuse transitions. They are meant to enhance, not overwhelm your presentation.
6. Be careful with your color scheme. Again, this is meant to enhance your presentation. Make sure the audience can read the text.
7. Make an outline of what you will be talking about so listeners can know what to expect from the presentation.
8. Use at least an 18-point font for main points and a smaller sized font for sub-points. Avoid using complicated and unreadable font.
9. Use a font color that stands out against the background.
Use graphics! People identify items more quickly with images rather than just text alone. When creating your visual aids, however, make sure your text and graphics are readable.
Charts and graphs:
Wording and lettering:
Source: Boundless. "Design Tips." Boundless Communications Boundless, 17 Mar. 2017. Retrieved 2 Jun. 2017 from https://www.boundless.com/communications/textbooks/boundless-communications-textbook/preparing-and-using-visual-aids-16/preparing-sensory-enhancements-83/design-tips-319-4215/