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Welcome to the Presentations: PowerPoint and Beyond guide!

PowerPoint: Learn specific methods for creating effective and accessible PowerPoint presentations.

Additional Visual Tools:  Learn about alternative visual presentation tools and best practices for use of them.

Speaking: Tips and recommendations for speaking and demeanor during presentations including accessibility concerns.

Images, Videos, & Audio: Copyright considerations and resources for stock and free images to use in presentations.

Accessibility: Ensure your presentation is accessible.

Resources: Additional resources for creating an interesting and effective presentation.

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Best Practices

  • Keep each slide simple and make the content purposeful.
  • Lists or bullet points are best.
  • Check color contrast between text and background, both on your computer and when projected.
  • Make text and important visuals big enough to be read even from the back of the room.
  • Use an easy-to-read font, such as Arial.
  • Use pictures that communicate meaning.
  • Blank space on the slide makes it easier to read.
  • Highlight key information.
  • Keep effects and animations to a minimum.
  • Have a consistent layout for each slide.
  • Make supplemental materials, such as handouts, to make it easier for the audience to following along.
  • Add captions to audio or video content to make it fully accessible.
  • Provide citations for material you reference including quotes, images, and data.
  • Practice makes perfect!
    • Practice your presentation until you can say it without glancing at your notes often.
  • During your presentation, make sure that you: dress professionally, make eye contact with the audience, do not pace around the room and do not read from your slides or notes.

Always have a back up plan (handouts, examples) just in case the technology fails on the day!

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