Planning & Creating Presentations
No one wants to see another lame powerpoint.
This is a guide to making a good presentation.
No one wants to watch or listen to a bland, colorless, monotone presentation - evidence of laziness, procrastination, and lack of concern for the audience.
Five Rules of Good Presentations:
1. Keep it simple.
2. Choose a theme and color palate.
3. Be intentional with your choices of font and graphics.
4. Incorporate video and/or audio.
5. Edit, revise, and practice.
Below are some ideas, resources, and links that will equip you to make more engaging, colorful, simple presentations that are worthy of an audience.
Alternatives to Powerpoint
Finding the Right Images
Consider embedding videos, sound or animation to liven things up.
Choose a Color Palate.
Font is important.
1. times new roman. save it for the MLA formatted essays.
2. comic sans. save it for the kindergarten teachers.
Think about a font that is clear, legible, and contributes towards your theme or design. Here are some resources for you to explore.
Share your work.
Below are two presentations you can view on Slideshare that give you a few more pointers about presentation design and delivery.
1. Eye contact. Not just with one person, and definitely not much with your partner, if you are presenting with someone else. Make eye contact with everyone in the audience.
2. Do NOT read your presentation to the audience, either from the slides, or from note cards. It's insulting.
3. Minimize the um's and like's. This is one reason why practicing is important.
4. Do not exceed your assigned or suggested time.
5. Think about what you would like to emphasize, and use vocal intonation, pauses, and possibly repetition to do it.