Tips Using PowerPoint and other Computer-Generated Presentations
Slide shows can enhance your presentation. If your delivery is not particularly dynamic, you might camouflage this with visual aids.
Experts in graphics design suggest that projected slides ought to use san serif font rather than the default Times New Roman that you will find in Power Point. Change the master slide (go to view, master slide) to a font like Arial, Tahoma, or Verdana. In addition, change the default size of the font to something larger, 40 or larger.
Make your background a dark color (like deep blue) and your font colors white and/or yellow. This minimizes the glare that white screens can create.
How to avoid “death by Power Point”
Too often, speakers hide behind their slides. Remember that visual aids, like Power Point, are designed to assist you in your presentation. The slides are not your presentation.
Another problem that presenters may experience is the need to dim the lights when using a projecter. If you do not have a remote mouse, consider purchasing one to enable you to move from to engage the audience.
If possible, place the screen or monitor into a corner so that you remain front and center with your audience. Otherwise, you will need to move often so that you are not blocking your audience from seeing the slides.
Learn some tricks for using slide presentations
When rehearsing your talk, you can time your presentation with the Power Point slide rehearse timings. (Go to slide show, rehearse timings.)
When delivering your talk, blacken the screen if someone asks a question that does not directly relate to your slide. On the keyboard, press the "b." When you are ready to resume your slide show, press the "b" again to restore.
If you want to move to another slide, you need only press the number of the slide (# and then enter) to move to whatever slide you want. This is particularly useful if a question arises.