Slides are Not Documents
• First, organize your content and messaging in Microsoft word,
on paper, on whiteboard, wherever you feel comfortable.
• Once you have your overall presentation worked out, work messages into
small, easy-to-digest “bites” that can be represented simply and visually.
• The time to design your visuals is after, and
only after, you have mapped out your content and
messaging clearly. Don’t open your visual
presentation software until after you’ve done
• Avoid using pre-made templates if possible. They tend to force you
into a layout that may not be best for your presentation.
• Your slide is not your script, either. It is a visual
guide to help convey ideas, information and cue,
but not provide, your talking points.
• BTW, this whole slide is an example
of what NOT to do with a slide.
apply the picture superiority effect
people remember information that is presented visually
info graphic treatment
roadmap/chart treatment
continuum treatment
continuum treatment
create clear, simple slides
that’s about how much time you have
can your idea be digested in three seconds?
create clear, simple slides
1main idea
per slide (or slides)
create clear, simple slides
it’s ok to use more slides!
additional tips
slides are not documents
use visuals and minimal copy per slide
Use no more than one to two fonts – choosing a font “family can give you
variety without inconsistency
thou shalt not steal! use Google images for inspiration, but purchase,
create, or use sites that offer free images for your artwork
do not use unnecessary or irrelevant graphics, animation or media
simplify ideas and information
prize-winning presence
prize-winning presence
be confident
don’t rush
Practice, practice, practice
resources (free vector images) (pay as you go photos and images)
(ideas for powerpoint styles and presentation skills)

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