Resources and Tips for PowerPoint Presentations

-Here are some slides from a presentation about presentations (not only is the advice useful, but the slides are well-designed, visually appealing and easy to read):

http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint

-Here’s a list of 10 tips for creating good presentation slides:

http://www.garrreynolds.com/Presentation/slides.html

-Here’s a video of a live presentation where the slides complement, but don’t substitute for, what the presenter is saying:

http://www.ted.com/talks/mitchell_joachim_don_t_build_your_home_grow_it.html

-Here’s a website that will allow you to upload your PowerPoint presentations to the web, where you can access them from anywhere with an internet connection (as well as look at thousands of other presentations to get ideas):

http://www.slideshare.com

-Here’s how to embed YouTube videos in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, respectively (but remember not to let videos overwhelm your own live presentation):

http://travelinlibrarian.info/2009/03/embedding-youtube-videos-into/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lihAMHeLC60

Five tips for PowerPoint that can help make your slides stronger:

1) When creating new slides, try the Blank slide option.  This makes it less likely that you’ll rely on boring preset options for your slides.

2) You can set a picture as the background for a slide using the following steps:

– right-click in the slide

-select “Format Background”

-choose “Picture or texture fill” from the Fill menu, then Insert from File and choose the picture you want.

(Be sure your image is big enough to be able to fill the slide background without pixelating.)

3) Use the Insert Text Box command to place a moveable text box anywhere you want on your slide.  You can use the Shape Fill option if you need to add background color in the text box to make your text more readable, and you can use the Transparency option to make the colored-in box partly transparent.

4) Remember that you have a variety of formatting options for pictures that you insert into your slides – you can change color and shape as well as adding other effects.  (But don’t use effects just to use them – otherwise they can end up looking silly.)

5) Use the Arrange option to send pictures behind text, or vice-versa.

And keep in mind the PARC principles (Proximity, Alignment, Repetition, Contrast) as you design your slides. For instance:

-You don’t have to center everything – an off-center placement can be visually interesting. (Alignment)

-Stay consistent with your font to help give the presentation an overall coherence.  (Repetition)

-Be sure that your text shows up well against whatever background it’s on.  (Contrast)

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