The Do’s and Don’ts of Making A Presentation

Alex Van Duyne and Paul Armendariz

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Over the course of your life here at Dana, you probably will/have create(d) a presentation using the visual aid Google Slides (Especially if you’re in the STEAM Magnet). Google Slides makes creating a slideshow presentation very simple, but still, you might have been making ineffective and unattractive presentations this whole time. From experience, here are our top do’s and don’ts of making a presentation.

 

DON’T: Use any of top colors in the Google Slide color choices.

Why would you want to use these really bright colors when Google provides less bright options? Bright colors like these are horrible to look at, and can give off the impression that you didn’t try or care. (Even if you didn’t, at least pretend)

DO: Use colors that are soft and complimentary.

Most colors beside the top ones give off these vibes, but if you none of the appeal to you, you have the option to create your own color here: http://htmlcolorcodes.com/color-picker/

 

DON’T: Make each slide completely different.

Making each slide have a different layout is completely fine, but when you make each slide have different fonts and different color schemes for no reason won’t help you out. It may give your presentation a vibe that you just tried to throw it all together or different people were working on different parts and not communicating.

DO: Use themes and matching colors.

This makes the presentation go more smoothly, and look WAY better in the long run. Google Slides makes it super easy to pick a theme and create different layouts that all match.

 

DON’T: Write tons of text on your slides

People who are watching your presentation didn’t come to watch you read the screen. Looking at large pieces of text on slides can feel overwhelming. The slides are just your visual aid, not the presentation. If you want to have an idea of what you’re going to say, write yourself some speaker notes instead.

DO: Include pictures and/or SHORT key bullets

Adding short bullet points is much better than a paragraph. Bullets are easy to look at, but be careful not to fill your entire slide with them! Try adding some images that go along with what you’re talking about.

 

DON’T: Use low quality images that aren’t “outlined”

Whether your presentation is going to be a huge screen or not, why use low quality images when you can use Google to easily have high quality images? Another tip for adding images is to use the outline tool as a border on your picture. It can make your presentation look more tied together.

DO: Use high quality images that are “outlined” that have to do with what you’re talking about.

Things like memes or copyrighted clipart should stay away from your presentation of you want to earn any respect from your audience. Don’t let your dreams be memes when it comes to presentations!

 

DON’T: Have no or overwhelming and unnecessary animations.

Using too many animations can distract your audience to the point where they’ll just be looking at the screen and not what you’re talking about. On the other hand, using no animations . . . . . . . . .

DO: Use animations that help emphasize what you’re talking about.  

Simple animations such as fade ins or fade outs can come in handy while presenting.

 

BONUS DON’T: Please don’t use Comic Sans for the font. Please. Thanks.

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3 Responses to “The Do’s and Don’ts of Making A Presentation”

  1. winter on December 15th, 2017 12:51 pm

    ugh don’t use arial either

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  2. Sensei on January 18th, 2018 11:45 am

    Excellent tips!
    Additional tips:

    Presenters should only have one idea per slide to better focus your audience.

    No more than six objects or less per slide to better focus your audience.

    When in doubt default to black background to put focus on content.

    As you mentioned, the slides are not the presentation, the presenter is the presentation.

    Great job.

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  3. Hobo Sensei on January 19th, 2018 1:55 pm

    Good and simple advice, but you forgot about font size, and Nao is late.

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