Learn how to use it…..
Remember - just because you can do something, it
doesn’t necessarily mean that you should...
What can it do?
•Simplifies development of a presentation
•Makes organisation simple / quick / easy
•Lead a presenter through a talk
•Provide Cues / Notes / Outlines
•Provide links to other software
•Full Page Slides
•Pictures / Images / Graphs
PowerPoint Dos and Don’ts
Don’t Overcrowd (6x6)
Do choose background carefully
Many of the design
templates in PowerPoint
are worse than useless...
So design own colour schemes
•Contrast Black on White
Yellow / White on Blue
•Keep motifs, schemes and designs constant
Text in PowerPoint
Don’t Overload Text (Golden Rule 6x6)
•Use brief phrases / bullet points
•Highlight key points
•Keep number of words small
•Use graphics if appropriate
•Use a sans serif font (Arial, Tahoma etc) rather than
Text Effects and Animation
reveal something important or
Can be useful to draw attention to something
What does the animation add…?
Or does it actually detract from the
How irritating is this???
• Don’t read from the slides
• Use bullets as a guideline
• OK to read quotes etc.
Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime
PM Tony Blair (1998)
Links to WWW (Beware - only for experienced!!!!)
Links to other software applications...
Use clear digitally scanned
Remember - reproduction of
images often leads to quality
PowerPoint good for schematics
But… 1) Not too much information
2) Labels appropriate size!!!
Superimposing text over pictures
looks very fancy on your computer
screen but what does it actually
Does it add to the effectiveness of
or is this a
Is this an appropriate use of
technology? better way to
add text to the
Preferred fruit of group of children
of group of 20
Graphs, Charts and Tables
Legends Parameter X Parameter Y Parameter Z
Axes 0.001 2.456655 5.678887
0.002 78.3543 2.567575
Lines 0.003 67.9876 1.00812
0.004 109.678 0.00765
Shading 0.005 12.98723 134.987
0.006 2.11655 5.678887
Fonts 0.007 73.3753 45.9875
0.008 67.9876 1.00812
Too much information? 0.009 119.628 0.00765
0.010 12.98723 112. 872
Is it clear / concise / appropriate?
1) Keep it clear and simple
2) Check it thoroughly!!
3) Ask “How has (insert fancy device
here) improved my talk???”
4) Just because you can do it, doesn’t
mean that you should
5) Text 6x6