5 Tips for Designing Great Presentation Slides Provided by HP Be brief. The most text an audience will want to read shouldn't be longer than a sentence, and it should be a piece of information that's worth their time. If you can't get the point across in 10 seconds, you need to rethink it. Choose pictures over words. The best visual aids use very little text, if any at all, to convey a concept. Pictures, graphs, diagrams, and other art are a much better way to drive home the points you're trying to make. Just don't load on too many images; pictures talk louder than words, so you don't need as many. Keep graphics graphic. If a graphic needs a written explanation, it's probably not a good graphic. If you really must use it, put it on a handout and choose something better to have at your side during your talk. Start big, stay big. Your visuals should stick with big concepts. Save the details for your speech and handouts. Be the materials master. Rely too much on your materials and you'll be playing second fiddle to them in the presentation. Try not to use more than one aid per minute; otherwise you'll come across like a tour guide on a journey from one visual to the next. © 2007 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP The HP Small Business Connection brings together products, services, and solutions designed with your business in mind.
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