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Powerpoint Presentation Top Tips

Used correctly slide transitions will transform a collection of slides into a smooth flowing presentation, with the consistent use of colour and style giving a professional edge.

To often presenters make the mistake of over complicating and over doing the effects. Their presentations become a distracting, annoying and disjointed display of special effects.

The golden rule is keep it simple, the fewer the mouse clicks the fewer chances of making a mistake. During your presentation you must focus on your delivery and your audience, rather than remembering dozens of mouse clicks.

You are the main attraction, your PowerPoint slides are there to support and assist you convey your message.

Using PowerPoint's Transitions & Special Effects

Use only one slide transition effect (the effect used to change from one slide to another) in a presentation and use it for build-ups as well. To often presenters will use different slide transitions for every slide in the mistaken belief that it will liven up their presentation and keep their audience’s attention. In reality the reverse is true, the audience is distracted by the different slide transitions. For a few seconds after each slide change the presenters looses them while they try and figure out what has just flash across the screen.

PowerPoint Top Tips

  1. “Wipe Right” slide transition is a good choice as it reveals the text in the direction that the audience will naturally read it i.e. from left to right. So it is very easy on the eye.
  2. For picture only slides use the “Box Out” transition, it is simple, clean and very effective with pictures.
  3. The “Fly From” transition is great for hi lighting a piece of text. Avoid using it for normal build-ups as over use can be very distracting, especially when text flies over the top of other text on a slide. Also be very careful of applying this effect to pictures and photographs as their movement across the screen can appear jerky on low spec PCs, or if the picture is large.

Being consistent is important when it comes to preparing your presentation. You should make sure that it extends to your slide layouts, colour scheme and bullets points.

Use the same colour for titles and top level bullet points. Where possible make sure that all your titles line up, and they are the same format (i.e. Caps or Title case).  

Slide titles that dance, just a few millimeters, to the left or right, up or down, between slides, are visually jarring. In those few seconds while your audience processes the twitching text they switch off from you.

Another PowerPoint Top Tip

If a series of slides have the same title cut and paste the title from the first slide on to the subsequent slides and in that way they will line up perfectly.

Never position text close to the edges of slides as it could be clipped or lost when the presentation is projected.

The general rule for text is that it should be as bold and as big as possible. Don’t use the same size text on a slide with 6 bullet points as on a one-liner. Make it as easy as possible for your audience, especially those in the back row.

Presentation design is very different to Desk Top Publishing, you don’t need to use a consistent font size throughout your presentation, unlike pages of a book subsequent PowerPoint slides will never be viewed side by side.

Simplicity and consistency will make your presentation easy to follow and allow your audience to focus on your presentation’s message and not your presentation.