The Office of Communications & Marketing offers templates that can be used in making presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint.
The templates offer the correct University of Delaware marks, and five templates are available.
The templates are for the convenience of the University community. Their use is not required.
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Tips for a Successful PowerPoint® Presentation
KEEP IT SIMPLE
The most effective PowerPoint presentations are simple:
- charts that are easy to understand
- graphics which reflect what the speaker is saying
- text limited to seven bulleted lines per slide
- sans-serif fonts against a light background
USE SLIDES TO ACCENTUATE A PRESENTATION
PowerPoint works best with spoken words that augment and discuss, rather than mimic, what's on the screen. Don't simply retype a presentation onto PowerPoint slides.
GIVE IT A REST
PowerPoint works as a visual accompaniment to the spoken word. Giving the audience a periodic rest from the visual presentation can be an effective way to focus attention on important spoken points.
EDIT, EDIT, EDIT / PROOF, PROOF, PROOF
It can't be said enough. Review the presentation on the equipment to be used or a similar type of projector/laptop.
DON'T BE A SHOWOFF
Limit animation effects and the number of colors. They can be very distracting.
Tips for keeping your sanity while making your presentation:
Save work frequently. Don't rely on the program's auto save feature.
Edit, edit, edit and then have someone else proofread it for you.
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