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Research Basics: Creating PowerPoint Presentations

Tips for making effective PowerPoint Presentations

  • Create a consistent and simple design
  • Limit number of words on each screen
  • Use contrasting colors for text and background
  • Avoid putting words in all capital letters
  • Limit the number of slides
  • Use images to reinforce your message
  • Avoid italicized fronts as they are difficult to read quickly
  • Avoid long sentences
  • No more than 6-8 words per line
  • Keep the background consistent and subtle

Tips for effective presentations

  • Practice how to move forward and backward within your presentation
  • Have a Plan B in the event of technical difficulties
  • Practice with someone who has never seen your presentation
  • Do not read from your slides
  • Do not speak to your slides

How to create a simple PowerPoint presentation