Using PowerPoint for your presentations?

Here’s a list of PowerPoint Presentation Best Practices…

  • Use no more than 3 colors per slide and use highly contrasting colors to emphasize content.
  • Limit yourself to 2 font types throughout your presentation (although limiting it to one is better).
  • Use only 3 fonts sizes per slide (including headings).
  • Restrict yourself to approximately 10 lines of text per slide in addition to the heading.
  • Keep font sizes large – 25pt to 30pt at minimum depending on the font style you use.
  • Do not put all your information on each slide. Save that for the speaking part of your presentation.
  • Also do not just read lines from your slides. Elaborate on the points covered on each slide.
  • Use animation sparingly. It is good for having content appear as you present, but do not have content flying in from all directions.

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