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Tips for creating an effective presentation

"I can use PowerPoint, but it's still hard to make an effective presentation." I'm sure many people have the same problem. Then here comes the solution. Following are tips to create a compelling presentation that engages your audience:

MINIMIZE THE NUMBER OF SLIDES

To maintain a clear message and to keep your audience attentive and interested, keep the number of slides in your presentation to a minimum.

CHOOSE AN AUDIENCE-FRIENDLY FONT SIZE

Choosing the best font size helps communicate your message. Remember that the audience must be able to read your slides from a distance. Generally speaking, a font size smaller than 30 might be too difficult for the audience to see.

KEEP YOUR SLIDE TEXT SIMPLE
You want your audience to listen to you present your information, instead of reading the screen. Use bullets or short sentences, and try to keep each to one line; that is, without text wrapping.
Some projectors crop slides at the edges, so that long sentences might be cropped.


USE VISUALS TO HELP EXPRESS YOUR MESSAGE
Pictures, charts, graphs, and SmartArt graphics provide visual cues for your audience to remember. Add meaningful art to complement the text and messaging on your slides.
As with text, however, avoid including too many visual aids on your slide.

MAKE LABELS FOR CHARTS AND GRAPHS UNDERSTANDABLE
Use only enough text to make label elements in a chart or graph comprehensible.


APPLY SUBTLE, CONSISTENT SLIDE BACKGROUNDS
Choose an appealing, consistent template or theme that is not too eye-catching. You do not want the background or design to detract from your message. However, you also want to provide a contrast between the background color and text color. The built-in themes in PowerPoint 2010 set the contrast between a light background with dark colored text or dark background with light colored text.

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