Do you need a visual aid for a class presentation? A PowerPoint presentation can be a great way to showcase your research. Below are some tips for making your presentation stand out from the crowd!
- Keep any text short and simple. You don’t need to write your everything you’re going to say on your slide- in fact, it’s better if you don’t! You want your audience paying attention to what you’re saying, not reading your slides. Any text should be succinct and serve as a memory jogger.
- Ditch the white background. You don’t want a super busy background, but a little cohesive color throughout your slides can make your pictures and text pop! Plus boring old white can be hard on the eyes.
- Sometimes the most effective slides are just pictures. A few slides of nothing but pictures can be extremely effective to illustrate a point you’re making during your presentation.
- Use multimedia- you can embed videos or audio files and set them to play automatically. Consider using short video or audio files to help illustrate some of your main points. For tips on how to embed them, click here: Microsoft Office Help- Embed In or Link to a Video From Your Presentation
- Practice, practice, practice. The best PowerPoint in the world won’t help you if you aren’t prepared to present. Decide what you’ll discuss ahead of time and then practice with your presentation. Pay attention to the overall time and the pacing. Consider asking a classmate to watch you and point out anything that needs clarification.
Questions? Ask your librarians!
If you’re an EU Orlando campus student, you can learn more ways to make an awesome PowerPoint presentation at one of our library workshops:
January 17th at 1:00pm (Sign Up in the Library!)