How to give a Power Point
Holly Hunts, Ph.D., C.F.C.S.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Montana State University
Choose a topic that fits power
Hard to do hands-on
Two things at once
Affective – work at it
Start with a title slide
Your name, position and company
Set the ground rules (with or
without a slide about it)
How long is the presentation going to last?
Can they ask questions during the
What material are they responsible for?
Will there be an exam? Homework?
Should they take notes?
Is there a hand-out with the material on it?
Give them a road map
Questions and answers
Small group work
Interesting quote (Internet)
Interesting statistic (Internet)
Group Topics Together
Like an essay – similar topics together
Control what the audience sees at one time.
One slide – one topic
Help your audience with
Use the title of your slides
Use your voice – YOU are value added
REMEMBER: Talk to the audience, not the
The show should NOT be totally self-
Use bullet points that are meaningful
And, but, or (chalkboard story)
Note there are bullet points not
Think about their notes
Make use of the
power of power point
Power of Power Point 100
Think about controlling what the audience
sees all at once (go back and edit)
Control what the audience sees
check that you are consistent about
Check spellling (or you look like a phool!)
Know every word/diagram/equation/etc.
YOU put on YOUR slide
Ph.D. Exam example: “Power Pump”
Add animation -movement
Go to slide sorter
Be consistent –
Too much is
Add sound effects
Make sure they can be heard when
Speed of computer for presentation
Software of computer for presentation
Topic - from this class
Music – not just sound effects
Timed – means self-running
Animation – means the graphics move