Using PowerPoint slides
when you've finished this page you will be able to...
define what makes a good PowerPoint slide
Top tips for using PowerPoint slides:
- avoid using the colours red and green, if anyone in your audience is colour-blind they will find your slides very difficult to read.
- use a maximum of one slide per minute of talking.
- don't read out what is on your slide! This is a common mistake, you should cover the points on your slide and then add more information yourself.
- make sure that your audience (even those at the back of the room) can see and read what is on your slides.
Activity: What makes a good PowerPoint slide? - 20 minutes
1. Look at the two PowerPoint slides below:
2. Whilst looking at each slide in turn, consider the following, and how this affects the visibility and readability for the audience:
- amount of text
- type of font
- font colour
- background colour
- background design
- amount of space
- size of graphics
3. Make some notes of any particularly good or bad points about these slides.
4. Think about which slide you would prefer to see in a presentation - why is this?
5. Keep a copy of these notes for use in the next section
You should now have your own ideas about what you should and shouldn't do when designing your slides. In the next section of this course 'Designing your visual aids', we will put these ideas into practice.