Slide presentation software have been used since the early 90’s throughout education and the business world. What started out as simple text has evolved into interactive, colorful, and engaging way of communicating information. When done right, a presentation can keep the audience engaged through audio, visual, and interaction. If done wrong, your audience is bored, disengaged, and does not learn the information.
The most common presentation tools used today are Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi, and Apple’s Keynote. All of these presentation platforms are designed to relay information in an engaging way. However, often times the information is poorly delivered through overuse of text, and non-complementing graphics.
Regardless of which presentation software you are using, one must remember the following ten tips by Garr Reynolds in order to communicate information most effectively.
- Keep it simple
- Limit bullet points and text
- Limit transitions and animation
- Use high-quality graphics
- Have a visual theme, but avoid templates
- Use appropriate charts
- Use color well
- Choose your fonts well
- Use audio or video
- Segment information
Gaskins, R., (2012, July 30). ViewPoint: How PowerPoint changed Microsoft and my life. Retrieved from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19042236
Reynolds, G., (2013). Top ten slide tips. Retreived from: http://www.garrreynolds.com/preso-tips/design/