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English Linguistics Department Prep Academic Study Skills Basic Power Point Guidelines Demet GÜL, PhD.

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  • English Linguistics DepartmentPrep Academic Study SkillsBasic Power Point GuidelinesDemet GL, PhD.

  • Basic Rules for PresentationsContrast is important.For paperDark text on a light background.

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  • Basic Rules for PresentationsFor projectionLight text on a semi-dark background.The eye is attracted to the light on the screen.

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  • Basic Rules for PresentationsStick with a single background.The background is the stage for your information.Set the stage and leave it alone!

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  • Basic Rules for PresentationsDont try to dazzle the audience with graphics or stylebut with the information.The medium is not the message.The information is the message.

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  • Basic Rules for PresentationsBalance.

    Do not center bullet points.It makes the text ragged.And hard to read and follow with your eyes.

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  • Basic Rules for PresentationsBalance.

    Generally, left-justify bullets.This keeps things neat..and easy to follow.

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  • Basic Rules for PresentationsBalance.

    Centered graphics leave little room for text.

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  • Basic Rules for PresentationsBalance.

    Place graphics off-center.More room for text.Better balance.More pleasing to the eye.Left placement leads the eye to the text.

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  • Basic Rules- CapitalizationAVOID ALL CAPS VERY HARD TO READ.

    First Cap - More Formal.Harder To Type And More Decisions.This is an example of capitalizing the first word.

    Less formal.Easier to type and fewer decisions.

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  • Use Restraint With FontsEmploy only a few..stick to familiar fontsStay away from gimmicky fonts unless for a theme.Keep type sizes consistent.Serif vs San Serif.DONT USE ALL CAPS.

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  • Choose Fonts WiselyItalics are more difficult to read.Use bold when you want some words to stand out.Font sizeEasy to read (18 pt)Easy to read (24 pt)Easy to read (32 pt)Easy to read (48 pt)

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  • Avoid Text OverloadHaving too much text on the screen can defeat the purpose of using PowerPoint. The slides begin to look like a jumble of text, making slides difficult to read and unrecognizable from each other. People will either try to read everything or copy everything down or they will lose interest. List only the key points. If you have more info to include use more slides or create handouts.

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  • Basic Rules That You Must Have to Have a Good Presentation.One of the most common mistakes in creating a presentation is to place too much information on the screen. This can cause the reader to become distracted from the speakerjust like you are now. Audiences are much more receptive to the spoken word.

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  • Basic Presentation Mistakes.Too much information. Reader gets distracted Audiences are much more receptive to the spoken word.

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  • Basic RulesKeep it simple..Make bulleted points easy to read.Keep text easy to understand.Use concise wording.Bullets are focal points.Presenter provides elaboration.Keep font size large.

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  • Basic Power Point GuidelinesUse buildsdont give them too much info at once.Stick with the same transition.Be creative but leave some color choices to professionals.Six words per line.Six lines per page.

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  • Choosing a Color SchemeStick with power point defaults.What may look good on your computer may be unreadable in the classroom.Remember to use strong, contrasting colors.

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  • Use Contrasting ColorsLight colors on dark background.Dark colors on light background.

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  • Clip Art & GraphicsA few excellent graphics are better than many poor ones. Photographs can be powerful.Use sparingly!

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  • Religious leaderCivil rights activistAuthor/poetLabor activistMinisterAntiwar activist

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  • Martin Luther King Jr.Religious leaderCivil rights activistAuthor/poetLabor activistMinisterAntiwar activist

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  • Do not forget to insert ... Title Page number Dateon each slide.

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  • Title PageInclude your name (names for a pair/group study)Title of presentation (Humor in Linguistics)Title of the meeting/conference etc. (ICTL 2012)Place of presentation (Mersin, Turkey)

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  • Colour - BadUsing a font colour that does not contrast with the background colour is hard to read Using colour for decoration is distracting and annoying.Using a different colour for each point is unnecessaryUsing a different colour for secondary points is also unnecessaryTrying to be creative can also be bad

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  • Background - GoodUse backgrounds such as this one that are attractive but simple

    Use backgrounds which are light

    Use the same background consistently throughout your presentation

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  • Background BadAvoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read fromAlways be consistent with the background that you use

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  • Graphs - GoodUse graphs rather than just charts and wordsData in graphs is easier to comprehend & retain than is raw dataTrends are easier to visualize in graph form

    Always title your graphs

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  • Graphs - BadMinor gridlines are unnecessaryFont is too smallColours are illogicalTitle is missingShading is distracting

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  • Spelling and GrammarProof your slides for:speling mistakesthe use of of repeated wordsgrammatical errors you might have make

    If English is not your first language, please have someone else check your presentation!

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  • ConclusionUse an effective and strong closingYour audience is likely to remember your last words

    Use a conclusion slide to:Summarize the main points of your presentationSuggest future avenues of research

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  • Questions??End your presentation with a simple question slide to:Invite your audience to ask questionsProvide a visual aid during question periodAvoid ending a presentation abruptly

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