- 10 minutes + 5 minutes for questions (15 min total)
- Presentation format compatible with Microsoft Windows
- Submit Presentation file to Dr. Stanley Harriman at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 25, 2014 5pm CST. The file will be included in the symposium proceedings DVD to be handed out during the event.
Additional Tips and Guidelines for an Effective & Professional Presentation
First, when designing and creating a presentation, you should spend some time thinking carefully about the function of the presentation. To insure that your presentation slide show will convey its purpose to the targeted audience, consider the following when you begin planning:
- Why are you giving the presentation?
- What materials do you want to use with the presentation?
- Who will be in the audience and how many people will attend?
- When will the presentation occur?
- Where is the presentation to be given?
- How does the method you use to deliver the presentation affect presentation design?
Then, keep the following tips in mind as you begin to organize your thoughts into an outline and use the Outline View to easily type in all text.
- Set the tone for your presentation. Depending on your audience the presentation style will differ. Imagine, you would not use the same style when presenting to a group of elementary students as when presenting to a Board of Trustees.
- Use contrast. Dark background (blue, green or purple) with a light type-face (white or yellow) for the greatest contrast and visibility under a variety of lighting conditions or vice versa.
- Keep your message simple and focused. Overuse of glitzy transitions, multiple typefaces, and large or inappropriate graphics detracts from your message. Less is more! Use the special effects to highlight key points! Follow the 6 x 6 rule: no more than 6 bullets per page and no more than 6 words per bullet. Do not use paragraphs of text and do not read your presentation to your audience.
- Make sure your slides are readable from the back of the room; don’t make your font size too small or fine, and limit the amount of information on a single slide.
- Crop photos to eliminate unnecessary backgrounds. Make sure your photos and graphics are big enough to be seen and well placed on the slide. Do not add pictures just for the sake of adding something. Be sure the image enhances the point you are trying to make.
- Consistency makes your presentation more professional. Keep like items in the same place on each slide (i.e. title, subtitle, bullet points, graphics, etc.). Use the same transitions, animations throughout. Copying a slide and then editing it makes it easy to be consistent.
- If you use sound clips, do not over do it! Sounds can be very distracting! If you use sound, make sure it is appropriate for the topic. Be prepared to work without sound. Not all computers have sound cards and speakers.
- Save your presentation as a PowerPoint Show. This will enable you to run your slide show on a computer that doesn’t have the specific software (PowerPoint Application) installed on it.
- Load your show onto the computer’s hard drive to run it. It will run faster, and your slide transitions will be smoother, than if you run it from your floppy disk, CD, or thumb drive. Be sure to test it in advance! Be prepared for something to go wrong!
- Print a copy of your slides (or speaker’s notes) to take with you to the presentation. This can be a back up in the event of technical difficulties and it will make it easier to locate a specific slide, in case you have to refer back to it during Q & A time.
- Proof your presentation and practice presenting. A well-prepared and enthusiastic presentation will help you convince the audience that you are an expert on the topic and maintain their attention!