Tips for making a PowerPoint presentation

It is essential to maintain simplicity throughout the presentation, use simple wallpaper and clear lyrics. Take care of the selection of colors, for example, avoid the red color if your intention is not to highlight. Also take care of the transition between slides, avoid slow special effects or those that may distract the audience.

Typeface, size and format must be selected taking into account the projection conditions; For example, if a large audience is projected, the size and contrast between the text and the background should ensure that those sitting far away from the screen can read without difficulty.

The length of the text of each slide should be limited to about six lines, with about six words per line. It is not recommended to include more than six consecutive text slides and it is not advisable to include too many slides in total. Paragraphs should not be included in the slides, except in the case of a textual citation. It is preferable to write sentences and not sentences; the slide is a support and not a replacement for the exhibition.

Take care of the writing and spelling, since errors are magnified when projected.

Graphics, maps, drawings and photographs should be included if they allow visualizing concepts that would otherwise be difficult to understand. Avoid clipart or clipart, as they detract creativity from the presentation.

The vignettes must be consistent, for example, if they are actions, they must all begin with verbs.

It is recommended that each slide have a title that clarifies the point you wish to communicate and that bears the student’s name and other pertinent information in the lower right corner.

It is convenient that the appearance of the slides be varied, text can be interspersed with images, as well as some variation in the design of the slide. For example, avoid that all are bullets, or that all have a sentence in the center.

It is good to include a final slide that says “Thank you” or a farewell message.

It is useful to print the presentation and ask someone to read it, so errors or inconsistencies are seen more clearly. Rehearse your presentation and observe the duration time, the speed with which you must pass the slides.

Advice for the presentation

Avoid reading what is written on the slides, you should only use them as support for your exhibition.

Keep eye contact with the audience and do not turn your back when speaking.

Use your face, your voice, your hands and your body to accompany the exhibition.

Perform intentional pauses in central slides, to ensure variation in the pace of exposure.

Out of respect for the audience, you must control, in advance, that everything works correctly. Always be prepared, in case the equipment does not work. You can take a copy of the slides … if the equipment fails, the student must continue …