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To begin:

  • Remember you are speaking to individuals not an abstract group
  • Be as relaxed as possible
  • Be conversational and make a connection with the room
  • Know your material
  • Prepare, but don't rehearse
  • Leave room for improvisation

    Slide Presentation Tips

    • Contrast colors for the background and text. Use dark backgrounds with light text or light backgrounds with dark text.
    • For titles, use 44 pt. font. Do not use font size smaller than 28 pt. for text. The presentation must be seen from the back of the room.
    • Arial and Verdana are two of the most readable fonts. Do not use more than three different types of fonts on one slide.
    • Use no more than six bullet points and make phrases short for clarity. Too much text or use of graphics makes the slide too busy.
    • Keep the slide transitions simple to avoid distraction.
    • The use of graphics, clip art and charts make the presentation more interesting if presented in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
    • Remember the audience wants to hear the content. Visual designs will enhance the presentation.
    • Preview the slide show using a projector. Words or graphics may not appear completely because they are too close to the edge and do not project. To correct this, resize the fonts and graphics to a smaller size.

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