An effective presentation starts with the slides you are presenting. Here are some pointers on constructing slides in PowerPoint:
· All slides should use the same type font and have the same background color
· Simple backgrounds that do not distract the audience are preferred
· Consider carefully the color scheme you choose make sure there is adequate contrast between text and background
· Consider the room you will be presenting in what is the smallest font that could be read from the back of the room unreadable slides are a horrible, but comon mistake
· Keep slides simple especially keep the amount of text on a slide to a minimum
· Use pictures and graphs rather than text whenever possible
· All presentations must have a title page, objectives (or purpose) slide, and a summary or conclusions side
· The presentation should summarize your research paper.
· Be sure the bulk of the presentation is spent on the most important points.
· Do not read your presentation, in fact, don’t use any notes at all you will connect with your audience more effectively if your face isn’t buried in note cards. You will sound more natural if you just speak to your audience.
· Have cues on each slide to remind you of the particular points you want to make
· Speak to the audience, not to the screen. Look at the screen for your cues then turn back to your audience.
· Do not memorize your speech. There is a fine line between practicing your talk too much and giving an effective presentation.
· Practice is essential to insure that your talk is of the correct length.
· Lead your audience during the presentation to the conclusions that you will present at the end make the presentation flow from a starting point to an ending point
· Think of the transition between each slide. Each slide should logically follow the previous slide saying “shifting gears” or other similar statements are not appropriate for this presentation.
· Don’t hide behind a podium. Move around if possible and use appropriate body language and hand gestures.