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Before you Begin:
- Choose your text wisely.
- Ask yourself…. what are the most important points you want to make?
- What you want your audience to learn?
- Make sure the text reflects those objectives, and has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
- Slides should not be a script for your presentation.
- Limit the amount of text per slide.
- Include the main concepts that outline your presentation, so your audience can follow along but still needs to listen to what you have to say.
- Bullet points and headers can help organize these concepts, but don’t overuse them.
KISS IT: Keep it Simple.
- A clean look is best.
- Use simple fonts, colors, backgrounds, and graphics so the audience doesn’t get distracted.
- High-contrast colors, like white font on a black background or black font on a white background, will make text easier to read.
- Use at least 24-point, sans-serif font
- Use larger text for a larger room and/or audience.
- Use high-quality and large enough graphics.
Mind the Margins.
- Leave space between the text and edges of the slide — it’s easier to read and no text can be cut off on the screen during your presentation.
Show Emotion and Passion.
- Engage the audience.
- Start or break up your presentation with an anecdote, image, story, or question that is relevant to the topic.
Give Credit Where Credit is Due.
- If you are using any quotes or other text from a source, make sure to credit it somewhere on your presentation — the citation can be in smaller font, and in footnotes or endnotes.