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TIPS FOR POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Online Tutorials: Microsoft's Site | MS PowerPoint Tutorial | PowerPoint in the Classroom

PowerPoint Clarity and Attractiveness
Text in outline format
: Text should be in outline format; in other words you should not use complete sentences. Use words that cue you and your audience into what you will talk about next.
Font size cannot be smaller than 24 point (everyone in the classroom must be able to see every word). You may need to divide info into two or more slides to make large enough.
Visual aids: Use graphs, figures, and images whenever possible. Make your PowerPoint slides visually attractive.
Clear and logical flow: Make sure each slide is clear and logically flows from previous slide and to the next slide. Cite sources when important.

Use of Notes
Don’t read from the PowerPoint; use notes. But your notes should be in the form of an outline versus verbatim (it should not be word for word what you are going to say). Common mistakes include having to turn your back to the audience to read off of the screen or reading verbatim notes in a monotone.

Eye Contact and Body Position
Keep your body facing the audience and establish eye contact with members of the audience from all parts of the room. Common mistakes include turning your back to the audience or turning your body to the side so that you face only one half of the room the whole time. Other common mistakes include rarely looking at your audience (eyes are on your notes or screen) or looking at only one member of the audience or one side of the room.

Voice
Pay attention to the volume, pitch, and pace of your voice so that all can hear what you say and that what you say comes across sounding interesting. Common mistake is to talk in a quiet, even-paced, monotone (happens especially easily when you are reading verbatim notes).

Gestures
Appropriate use of gestures adds interest and understanding to your presentation. Common mistakes include lack of gestures, which tends to bore the audience, and distracting gestures. One common distracting gesture is when the presenter overreacts to a mistake he/she has made.

Facial Expression
As with gestures, appropriate facial expressions add interest to your presentation.
The most common mistake is lack of facial expressions, which tends to bore the audience.

Practical Issues
Get feedback and Practice: Practice giving your presentation to someone else and ask for feedback. Time your presentation to make sure it is the right length.
Test your Presentation in Classroom: Test your presentation on the classroom computer. Give your instructor a copy as a backup (you may want to print a hardcopy as further backup).