How to make a presentation that ROCKS! Designing an Effective “PowerPoint Presentation”

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Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations

6th grade SpeechesHow to make a presentation that ROCKS!Designing an Effective PowerPoint PresentationMake It BigMake it Big (Text)This is Arial 12This is Arial 18This is Arial 24This is Arial 32This is Arial 36This is Arial 44Make it Big (Text)This is Arial 12This is Arial 18This is Arial 24This is Arial 32This is Arial 36This is Arial 44Too SmallMake It Big (How to Estimate)Look at it from 2 meters away2 mKeep It SimpleKeep It Simple (Text)Too many colorsToo Many Fonts and StylesThe 6 x 7 ruleNo more than 6 lines per slideNo more than 7 words per lineKeep It Simple (Text)Plate tectonics is a scientific theory that describes the large-scale motions of Earth's lithosphere. The lithosphere is broken up into tectonic plates. On Earth, there are seven or eight major plates (depending on how they are defined) and many minor plates. Where plates meet, their relative motion determines the type of boundary: convergent, divergent, or transform. Earthquakes, volcanic activity, mountain-building, and oceanic trench formation occur along these plate boundaries. The lateral relative movement of the plates typically varies from zero to 100mm annually.Too detailed !Keep It Simple (Text)A scientific theoryDescribes moving tectonic platesDetermines plate boundariesInvolves Earth construction and destructionPlate Tectonics:Much SimplerFalling Leaves ObservedDelhiMumbaiGoaJanuary11,532,23414,123,6543,034,564February1,078,45612,345,56716,128,234March17,234,7786,567,12316,034,786April16,098,89710,870,9547,940,096May8,036,89710,345,39414,856,456June16,184,345678,0954,123,656July8,890,34515,347,93418,885,786August8,674,23418,107,11017,230,095September4,032,04518,923,2399,950,498October2,608,0969,945,8905,596,096November5,864,034478,0236,678,125December12,234,1239,532,1113,045,654Too detailed !Falling Leaves in MillionsIn 106DelhiMumbaiGoaJanuary11143February11216March17616April16107May81014June1604July81518August81817September4189October295November506December1293Much SimplerFalling Leaves

Too detailed !Falling Leaves

Much SimplerKeep It Simple (Picture)Art work may distract your audience

Artistry does not substitute for contentKeep It Simple (Sound)Sound effects may distract too

Use sound only when necessaryKeep It Simple (Transition)This transition is annoying, not enhancing "Appear" and "Disappear" are betterKeep It Simple (Animation)2 mToo distracting !Keep It Simple (Animation)2 mSimple & to the pointMake It ClearMake It Clear (Capitalization)ALL CAPITAL LETTERS ARE DIFFICULT TO READ

Upper and lower case letters are easier

SanserifZSerifZMake It Clear (Fonts)busyclearSerif fonts are difficult to read on screenSanserif fonts are easier to readItalics are difficult to read on screenNormal or bold fonts are easierUnderlines may signify hyperlinksInstead, use colors to emphasizeMake It Clear (Fonts)Make It Clear (Numbers)Use numbers for lists with sequenceFor example:

How to put an elephant into a fridge?

1. Open the door of the fridge2. Put the elephant in3. Close the doorMake It Clear (Numbers)How to put a giraffe into a fridge?

1. Open the door of the fridge2. Take out the elephant3. Put the giraffe in4. Close the doorMake It Clear (Bullets)Use bullets to show a list withoutPrioritySequenceOrderMake It Clear (Colors)Use contrasting colors Light on dark vs. dark on lightUse complementary colorsMake It Clear (Contrast)Use contrasting coloursLight on dark vs dark on lightUse complementary colourslow contrasthigh contrastMake It Clear (Contrast)Use contrasting colours Light on dark vs dark on lightUse complementary coloursThis is light on darkMake It Clear (Contrast)Use contrasting colours Light on dark vs dark on lightUse complementary coloursThis is dark on lightMake It Clear (Complement)Use contrasting colours Light on dark vs dark on light Use complementary colours These colors do not complementMake It Clear (Complement)Use contrasting colors Light on dark vs dark on light Use complementary colors These colors complementMake It Clear (Size)Size implies importance

Make It Clear (Size)Size implies importance

Be ConsistentBe ConsistentDifferences draw attention

Differences may emphasize importance

Use surprises to attract not distractBe ConsistentDifferences draw attentionDifferences may emphasize importanceUse surprises to attract not distractThis tick draws attentionBe ConsistentDifferences draw attentionDifferences may emphasize importanceUse surprises to attract not distractThese differences distract!Be ConsistentDifferences draw attentionDifferences may emphasize importanceUse surprises to attract not distractThis emphasizes importanceBe ConsistentDifferences draw attentionDifferences may emphasize importanceUse surprises to attract not distractConfusing differences!Be ConsistentDifferences draw attentionDifferences may ephasize importanceUse surprises to attract not distractThis surprise attractsBe ConsistentDifferences draw attentionDifferences may emphasize importanceUse surprises to attract not distractThese distract!In SummaryBigSimpleClearConsistentCreating a PPt Presentation in Google Docs

Information provided in part by:Satyajeet Singhsatyajeet.singh@yahoo.com