Sunday, September 28, 2008

How to prepare slides for seminars

Topics to be Covered

Outlines-not necessary 4 small seminars
Slide Structure
Spelling and Grammar

Make your 1st or 2nd slide an outline of your presentation
Follow the order of your outline for the rest of the presentation
Only place main points on the outline slide
Ex: Use the titles of each slide as main points

Slide Structure – Good
Use 1-2 slides per minute of your presentation
Write in point form, not complete sentences
Include 4-5 points per slide
Avoid wordiness: use key words and phrases only

Show one point at a time:
Will help audience concentrate on what you are saying
Will prevent audience from reading ahead
Will help you keep your presentation focus

Do not use distracting animation
Do not go overboard with the animation
Be consistent with the animation that you us

Use at least an 18-point font
Use different size fonts for main points and secondary points
this font is 24-point, the main point font is 28-point, and the title font is 36-point
Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial

If you use a small font, your audience won’t be able to read what you have written
Don’t use a complicated font

Use a colour of font that contrasts sharply with the background
Ex: blue font on white background
Use colour to reinforce the logic of your structure
Ex: light blue title and dark blue text
Use colour to emphasize a point
But only use this occasionally
Using a font colour that does not contrast with the background colour is hard to read
Using colour for decoration is distracting and annoying.
Using a different colour for each point is unnecessary
Using a different colour for secondary points is also unnecessary
Trying to be creative can also be bad

Use backgrounds such as this one that are attractive but simple
Use backgrounds which are light
Use the same background consistently throughout your presentation
Avoid backgrounds that are distracting or difficult to read from
Always be consistent with the background that you use

Graphs -
Use graphs rather than just charts and words
Data in graphs is easier to comprehend & retain than is raw data
Trends are easier to visualize in graph form
Always title your graphs

Spelling and Grammar
Proof your slides from
speling mistakes
the use of repeated words
grammatical errors you might
If English is not your first language, please have someone else check your presentation!

Use an effective and strong closing
Your audience is likely to remember your last words
Use a conclusion slide to:
Summarize the main points of your presentation
Suggest future avenues of research

1 comment:

  1. hii thanks for ur work .. plz include format to prepare report for the seminar ,it will be then nice .......