Government Connections - Summer 2014 - (Page 25)
8 PowerPoint Tricks and Tips
That Will Enhance Your Presenter's Talk
BY DE-DE MULLIGAN, CMP, CMM
AV EVENT SOLUTIONS
Tip #1: Simplicity is a beautiful thing.
Tip #5: Photos should be proportional.
A good rule of thumb is 50 words or less on a slide. However,
I believe the fewer words, the better. Keep only the text on the
slide that will remind the presenter what they need to cover.
Reading a slide is a big "no-no."
If you add photos to your presentation, go to the Picture
Tool tab and resize the height or width on the top right part of
the page. If you choose to resize the width, the height will scale
automatically. Try and standardize on the same width or height
for each photo throughout the presentation.
Tip #2: Choose legible font styles.
Clear, large font types, such as Arial or Tahoma, work well
in most room settings. I recommend a size of at least 18 points,
upward to 30. Know the room set up and make certain
the person in the back of the room can view the
presentation with ease.
Tip #6: Use video and sound.
Save all your video and sound files within the presentation.
It is very important that you work with an on-site AV technician
to make certain the right speakers are available to project the
sound to the audience. Without the proper sound system,
your video is useless.
Tip #3: Keep fonts consistent.
Don't start out with one font and then move to
another and yet another on every page. You can
have a different font for the title versus the body
but keep those font choices consistent throughout
Tip #4: Make sure the font
and background colors
Chose colors that complement
each other and are easily visible.
Putting a yellow font on
a white background
won't work; but
that same text
color on a black
background will pop.
Tip #7: Compress your files.
Make certain to compress your videos and photos
before distributing your content to conference service
organizers. This will allow them to easily load your
presentation if they rent iPads for attendees.
Tip #8: Rehearse your presentation
at least once.
Before you deliver your presentation to
the audience, meet with the AV technician
to run through your talk from a sound,
lighting and timing perspective.
Even though you have given your
presentation several times, you
haven't delivered it in front of this
audience or using this venue.
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