Guidelines-Capstone Design-Lecture 05 Slides-Electrical and Computer Engineering, Slides for Capstone Design. University of Alabama (AL)
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Microsoft PowerPoint - LECT05 -- Effective Powerpoint Presentations.pptx

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Guidelines for Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Dr. Jeff Jackson Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The University of Alabama

Capstone Design January 23, 2009

Outline

Hints for a successful presentation Effective PowerPoint slides – Text guidelines – Clip art and graphics

Content T iti

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rans ons Navigating through your presentation

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Hints for a Successful Presentation

Plan carefully Do your research Know your audience Time your presentation Practice your presentation

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Speak comfortably and clearly

Effective PowerPoint Slides

Use design templates St d di iti l d t lan ar ze pos on, co ors an s y es Include only necessary information Content should be self-evident Use colors that contrast Be consistent with effects transitions and

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, animation Too many slides can lose your audience

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Text Guidelines Generally no more than 6-8 words a line Generally no more than 6-7 lines a slide Larger font indicates more important information Font size generally ranges from 18 to 48 point Be sure text contrasts with background Fancy fonts can be hard to read

S S if t f th t d bl

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– an er ype aces are among e mos rea a e Avoid abbreviations and acronyms – Unless well known within the context of your

audience

Clip Art and Graphics

Should balance the slide Sh ld h d l t th t t tou en ance an comp emen e ex , no overwhelm No more than two graphics per slide – More if you only intend to highlight major points or

trends

G aphics sho ld al a s be of the highest q alit

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r u w y u y – Always readable – Neat, aligned, well constructed graphics

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Better Quality Graphic reset

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Content Content is the most important part of your presentation The quality of the research – The topic should be thoroughly researched – If you do not understand something DO NOT put it on

a slide – Using visual images?

Should be appropriate to the point(s) you wish to make

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Organization and transition – Logical flow from beginning to end – Avoid jumping from one point to another – Create an outline before you begin assembling slides

Transitions

Keep unity of design from slide to slide Using one or several master slides to avoid problems– , , of this nature

Minimize or avoid animated texts, sounds, and fancy transitions – These can be effective, but often distract your

audience from the main points

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Avoid switching between programs – This takes extra time and can make it difficult for

your audience to remain focused on your presentation

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Navigating Through Your Presentation

Learn to navigate your presentation in a non- linear fashion – PowerPoint allows the presenter to jump ahead or

back without having to page through all the interim slides

Know how to and practice moving forward AND backward within your presentation – Audiences often ask to see the previous screen again

Ho e e do not flip back and fo th th o gh

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w v r, r r u your presentation Number your slides for easy reference

Presentation Basics Do not read from your slides – The content of your slides is for the audience, not for the

presenter Do not speak to your slides – Many presenters face the direction of their presentation rather

than their audience Do not apologize for anything in your presentation – If you believe something will be hard to read or understand,

don't use it

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Don’t rush through a slide – Average rate of 1-2 slides per minute – Slower for more technical details

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Summary

The quality of your presentation will directly impact your audience’s perception of you Most presentation problems are avoidable – Spend enough time to create quality

presentation Rehearse your presentation

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– – Make sure the presentation is appropriate for

your audience and for the time frame

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