How to make effective presentations/slides/PPTs?
Making presentations is an important part of student life as well as professional career. The slides in the presentations should speak for themselves. They are proved turning point in many situations to prove you are smart. You should understand your audience level and try to not under or overestimate their capability.
Success in presentation is proportional to efforts so
Prepare, Prepare and Prepare
Practice, Practice and Practice
There are some very important things which we should remember while making presentations
Don’t use too many colours
Don’t use too Many Fonts and Styles
Don’t use unnecessary figures or photos they destruct listeners
Don’t use background voice unless very necessary they destruct listeners
Don’t use character by character or word by word appear and disappear usage of line by line is better
The 6 x 7 rule
No more than 6 lines per slide
No more than 7 words per line
Don’t use font size less than 18.
You should be able to see text, figures and tables from two meter distance.
Emphasize font one by one in the slides.
Point parts of figure or table one by one with labels. E.g four part point first, then second and so on.
Use same font in all slides
Use all bold or all normal fonts in all slides
Use same text color to emphasize in all slides
Use same type of arrow to draw attention in all slides
Don’t use all capital letters. Upped and lower case letters are easy to read.
Don’t use busy (with corners) font such as Z. Use clear fonts such as Z.
Don’t use italics as they are difficult to read. Use normal or bold fonts.
Use underline feature only for web links. To emphasize use colors.
Use arrows for direct attention of some part in photo or table.
Use contrasting colors such as with dark background light color text and with light background dark color text.
Use bullets to show a list without
Use numbers for lists with priority, sequence and Hierarchy
For example: How to put an elephant into a fridge?
1. Open the door of the fridge
2. Put the elephant in
3. Close the door
Note: The information is taken from the following links.
2) Useful information for scholars new to the world of science. Tsinghua University / Springer Press, 2004