Slide Presentation Tips
Tips for Creating Engaging Slide Presentations
Here’s a brief summary of highly recommended practices to get you started:
- Keep it simple, but not simplistic.
- Avoid the distractions of animation, transitions, sound effects and clipart.
- Use sans serif fonts and larger font sizes to make slides easy to read.
- Apply themes and colors intentionally and consistently.
- Use your slides to complement and enhance your oral remarks.
- Know and respect your audience.
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!
The following online resources can provide you with more information and inspiration.
Sites with quick, informative lists of tips for presentations in academic environments:
Subject/Course Guides: Presentation Tools, Tips and Techniques: Best Practices (Wilmington University)
LibGuides: PowerPoint Presentation Best Practices: Tips & Resources (Hillsborough Community College)
Making Better PowerPoint Presentations | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University
BEST PRACTICES: PowerPoint Presentations (MIT)
Sites geared toward presentations for broader audiences:
Good summary of best practices, slide design and use of color
Ideas for making presentations that captivate viewers
Starts with a thought experiment: Think about bad presentations you’ve seen. What made them bad?
Emphasis on Keep It Short and Simple (KISS principle)
Great demo on how the KISS principle can solve common presentation shortcomings