I am taking a power-point class. I am having some problems coming up with ideas for my final project. It has some requirements. 1) Between 10 and 20 slides (if less than 10 slides, issue 1 point per...
Building a shed is a good idea and supports the validity of the excel sheet, especially if you are listing materials needed, material costs etc.The hyperlinks could be used to move back to key topics such as safety issues. The voice over would be good as an intoduction and as a "recap" at a key stage.
I'd choose a topic you are comfortable with, know quite a bit about and are able to lead people through the subject with confidence. Practice the voice over, a shaky or uncertain voice lowers morale for the presentation. Keep the voice over to a very minimal prescence and that way you will be using it to good effect.
Don't use music as a background noise, it tends to confuse messages. Pick a background that is easy on the eye and avoid the "fancy" templates that are included, a simple muted colour works well, primaries and garish colours really irritate the audience. Avoid Black or White for the same reasons. Blues or Greens are relaxing and creams and other natural colours work well in my experience. (based on doing at least 2 powerpoints a week for 10 years)
The font you use should be leigible, a sans serif like Arial or Helvetica or Gill sans is good. Use effects like drop shadow on type with care and do not overuse.
Do not cram too many bullet points on a slide.
Space out the dynamic content throughout the presentation (ie: let voice, excel sheet and images break up periods of text slides and where possible combine text and image. This helps maintain interest.
Do not be afraid to stop and start the presentation if you want to refocus attention, emphasise a point or merely give your audience an "eye break". Perhaps putting in a blank slide of a different colour at this point is a good idea, or even a slide with the word "Recap" in large letters on it...or similar.
Transitions and effects.. use wisely and in moderation. NEVER use more than 2 effects in a presentation, avoid the spin and other OTT effects, a simple fly in or fade in is much more effective and keep away from any sound effects, it makes the whole thing look clumsy and unprofessional.
You MIGHT want to (if allowed) insert a short video file into the presenatation, always an eye catcher, as long as it is short.
Pictures: Low resolution images that you need to size up will pixellate badly making the tone of the presentation look "chavvy". On a similar note, check spelling and grammar.. I recently gave a presentation to the vice principal without checking it..
Anyway, hope some of that helps, best of luck
Jan 27, 2011 |
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