Best Practice Tips

EDUCA 2740 - Nancy Haines

Be Organized

Basic presentation structure -

  1. Use an attention-getting opener
  2. Give a brief overview of the topic
  3. State the problem
  4. Explain how your solution meets the audience's need
  5. Tell the audience the action steps
  6. Briefly summarize and conclude

Create in Outline Form

Don't worry about visuals yet


Make sure text contrasts with color


Muted photographs or textures are more professional looking than solid color


  • Go for emotional impact
  • Photographs are effective
  • Avoid cartoons
  • 50% of slides should have graphics
  • Use visuals with words, instead of words alone


Keep it simple

Clear Headlines

Explain main idea of every slide

Limit Wording

  • Move text off screen
  • Narrate content instead of showing it

Spell Check

Shows professionism


  • Helps to visualize structure
  • Segments presentation