Planning & Creating Presentations

No one wants to see another lame powerpoint.

This is a guide to making a good presentation.

Good presentations take preparation. experimentation. searching for images and video clips. arrangement & rearrangement. practice.

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

Of course, you can still use powerpoint to make a great presentation, but first consider your options and make your decision after some research.

Finding the Right Images

It's important to include images in your presentation, but to be aware of copyright issues. Here are some links to sites that have free images you can browse and use. The image below is from flickr.

Consider embedding videos, sound or animation to liven things up.

Of course you want to avoid sensory overload and clutter in your presentation, but consider some of these resources as possibilities for including other forms of media in your presentation.

Choose a Color Palate.

Presentations are more visually appealing and legible, easier to follow, and generally more engaging, when they are prepared with some attention to design and color. Rather than having random colors, consider choosing a limited palate that supports the tone or effect you wish to create.


You can incorporate texture in your backgrounds to add depth and visual appeal. Explore these resources to investigate your options, and consider how you might be able to use texture. Remember, you're trying to create a theme, and adding texture can help!

Font is important.

Two fonts to AVOID at all costs:

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.

Presentations can be shared a variety of ways. Slideshare is an online community where you can post your finished presentation, view hundreds of other good presentations, track views, and store work. Here is the link:

Below are two presentations you can view on Slideshare that give you a few more pointers about presentation design and delivery.

Even with trendy fonts, cool colors, textures, video clips, and sound...your presentation can still fall flat and put your audience to sleep if you don't deliver it well. Any good presentation has been revised and practiced before being given in front of anyone. Things to keep in mind:

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.

Get in touch!

Let me know if you have any questions, are looking for further resources, want someone to practice with, or anything else you may need as you construct your awesome presentation.