Tampa English Tutor’s Helpful Hints for Making PowerPoint Presentations

Posted on 16th December 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

If you have been assigned a PowerPoint presentation, here are a few tips.

Tip #1:  Don’t Read to Me

Few things are worse than a presentation in which the speaker reads his or her slides to the audience. Put key points on the slides and elaborate on them as you give your presentation.


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Tip #2:  Don’t Get Too Fancy

Don’t let the PowerPoint overshadow your presentation. In other words, you can add lots of special effects if you are a proficient PowerPoint user. Before you do, ask yourself how much they contribute to getting your message across.

Tip #3:  Choose a Readable Font

Although some fonts look great on a PC, they are not easy for an audience to read on a screen.  Stick with a simple font. If you can make a dry run using the equipment that you will present with, you should. Ask a classmate to stand in the back row and assess how well your slides work.

Tip #4:  Don’t Pick a Background Color that Blends with the Text

Dark grey letters on a black background isn’t such a good idea. In addition to using elements that contrast, you need to think about your audience and how they will experience the presentation. Even if you are doing a presentation about Christmas, don’t do a red background and green letters.

Tip #5:  Use Pictures and Visual Aids

If you are presenting information that is easier to grasp as a table or bar graph or chart, you should present it that way. Free photo sites, such as Flickr, allow you to find Creative Commons licensed photos by keyword. By choosing Attribution Only images and using proper attribution, you can avoid any problems that may arise from using other people’s photos without permission.

Tip #6:  Practice for Perfection

Practicing the PowerPoint presentation will help you find errors, fix unreadable elements, and solve any technical difficulties that may occur. Of course, you should pruf red yur slids. Typos are hard to miss when they are projected on a 10’ screen.

Eric Anderson is a private English Tutor serving New Tampa, Carrollwood, Temple Terrace and the USF area. He tutors English and history for students from 6th grade to college. Reach Eric at 813.787.8959 or at tampatutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com.