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    CreatingEffective

    Slides

    Dr. Surbhi Kapur

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    Creating Effective Slides

    More effective when they are

    simple

    They highlight the key points

    Illustrate concepts, help create

    interest

    They are not the presentation itself

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    Text Slides

    Limit each slide to one concept or idea

    Write max 5 to 6 lines

    Use short bulleted phrases not long

    sentences

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    Text Slides

    Use telegraphic wording e.g.

    Profits Soar

    Use the active voice

    Include short informative titles

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    A Picture is Worth a Thousand

    WordsUse graphics to

    Clarify concept

    Show process

    Highlight key information

    Simplify graphics

    Reduce detail

    Shorten numbers e.g. 07 for 2007

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    Slide Design Elements

    In your presentation maintain the same

    Colour

    Background design

    Artwork

    Fonts Typestyles

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    Right Colour

    Combinations

    Use contrasting colours toincrease readability

    Avoid using colours close in

    hue

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    Brown on green too is not very

    clear

    You will notice that

    yellow on white isdifficult to read

    Not even blue on black

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    Slide Backgrounds

    For presentations shown in a darkroom use dark colour like blue for

    background and light colours for text

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    In a well-lit room use Light colours for background

    and dark colour for text

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    Good Background Design

    Gives a positive impression

    Persuades audience to pay attention

    For company slides, include companylogo, colours, etc

    Designs available in Microsoft power

    point programSimple, not too colourful for business

    settings

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    Design Consistency

    Borders, backgrounds, company

    logo should repeat in every slide

    It makes the slides easier to read

    Gives the presentation a clean,

    professional look

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    Animation and Special Effects

    You can add sounds, animations

    and videos

    BUT

    Overdoing special effects may

    distract the audience

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    Choice of Fonts and

    Type StylesAvoid decorative fonts, italicized type

    Use the same font size for all headings

    and another for the text

    Use boldface type

    Use both uppercase and lowercase

    letters

    View slides from a distance

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    Structural Slides

    Cover slide should contain

    Title, presenters name

    An image that grabs the audiencesattention

    Serves the same function as the

    cover page of a report

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    Structural Slides

    Introduction slides

    Define and clarify your topic

    Explain the purpose of yourpresentation

    Mention action expected

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    Structural Slide

    Road Map Slide

    Serves as your agenda chart

    Used just after introductory slide

    Lists three or four major points your

    presentation would cover

    Like the main points, sections or chaptersof the body of the report

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    Structural Slide

    Content slides

    Contain details of the major points or

    section

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    Concluding Slide