PowerPoint Tips and Checklist

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.