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Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides

This is an amazing creative video about how to give an awesome powerpoint presentation. You'll be able to know how to have impact on your audience.
The video is very helpful in giving you tidbits of ideas on how to have impact on your audience. Now, check this nice post on how to effectively design powerpoint slides. PowerPoint can be a tremendous visual aid or it can be a tremendous sleep aid. Many audiences blame PowerPoint for being boring but that is like blaming a car for driving too fast ad swerving.PowerPoint is a tool and it is up to the user to determine how well it is used. Here are some guidelines to help you be a skilled user. General guidelines
  • Each slide should contain only 1 message
  • Replace words with images wherever possible
  • Eliminate distracting items from photos
  • Use a descriptive title
  • Use a black “safety slide” at the beginning and end of your show
Text slides
  • Limit slides to six (or fewer) lines of six (or fewer) words
  • Progressively disclose new information
  • Use a sans serif font that is at least 30 points
  • Display ideas – not sentences
  • Check your spelling
Keep charts and tables simple
  • Limit
    • tables to 5 rows/columns
    • bar graphs to 5 bars
    • line graphs to 3 lines
    • Pie graphs to as few slices as needed
  • Include only needed information (Eliminate redundant subtitles, grid lines and tick marks)
  • Use labels instead of keys
  • Place numbers directly on or by bars
  • Emphasize key elements with features, not a laser pointer
Backgrounds
  • Select a background that matches or enhances your message
  • Mix it up – use a variety of backgrounds
  • Avoid using your logo on every slide
Photos
  • Fill your screen with the photo
  • Use one photo per screen
Many of us have developed a disdain for PowerPoint. The truth is PowerPoint is a great tool -it is just tends to be used improperly.

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