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FYS 100 Liberal Sciences Spring 2017: PowerPoint Creation - Basic


Top annoyances from the 2015 most annoying PowerPoint activities:

Here are the top five annoyances along with the percentage of respondents that selected them as one of their top three:

  • The speaker read the slides to us – 71.7%
  • Full sentences for text – 48.6%
  • Text Too Small to Read – 47.7%
  • Visuals too Complex--36.9%

Source of the information

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KISS - Basic PowerPoint Instructions

Individual Slide Strategy, a.k.a. KISS

image of presentation Now you are ready to "present" your material. Remember the KISS rule. Keep It Simple Stupid/Straightforward.

Your audience has come to hear what YOU have to SAY, not be overwhelmed by flashing bullets, exotic typefaces, multicolor or flashing symbols. In the case of a PowerPoint presentation you will want to keep your individual slides clean and simple.

How can you do that? Some of the most common slide design suggestions are:

  • No more than six points per slide (that is six bullets per slide max)
  • No more than six words per bullet point -- so summarize and don't write full sentences
  • Expect to present three slides per minute as a maximum
  • Use a type face that can be read from the back of the room you are presenting in
  • Use a font size that can be seen anywhere in your room, usually 30+
  • Some suggest sans serif font (Arial, Tahoma, Trebuchet) for titles and serif font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Centruy Schoolbook) for body
  • Make sure that your colors contrast, e.g., light letters on a dark background (preferred) or vice versa

To see the same information on a PowerPoint slide, click on the graphic above.

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