Consider having question time between the two. A one hour talk, thirty slides maximum. A fifteen minute presentation, seven slides. If anything, err on the side of caution: A slide with close to the maximum amount of content. I like to have four to six lines of text on a PowerPoint slide. I try to avoid sub-bullets.
I dislike two-content slides too — the ones that have text on the left and an image on the right or vice-versa. If I want to include an image, I typically make it the feature of the slide and accompany it with at most two lines of text above or below the image. An example title slide with talk title, my name, company and contact information. Usually the second slide in my presentations, and there to outline the structure of the talk.
A subsection slide that explains where we are in the talk structure. A final slide asking for questions and doing a little advertising. I particularly dislike builds. I was fortunate to work with Justin Zobel for many years, and developed my early presentation style with his coaching. Hugh, I too do many presentations and agree with all you say in your blog; however I am a great believer in mixing up wordy slides with pictures, maps and examples.
Keep the blogs coming, I really enjoy following them. Lots of people think they are funny and they are simply just painful. Self-awareness if a powerful aide. Template Use a template that constrains the available space, this will stop you adding too many words without you noticing. This can be acheived by having a thick bold header or wide left margin. Make the design clean and unfussy. Most people you are presenting to know what day it is. Two Versions If you want to be doing this right you should probably think about two versions of the presentation.
One to present with and one to print out for your audience. If you get the 5 stage process right, your print version is simply the intermediate phase before you fluff. Have a beginning, middle and end. You are telling a story. You should know roughly how long you have.
So decide on the time you have per slide. Very quickly, create a slide for each of your table of contents, putting the heading at the top of each.
Just type it in as you might say it, although if you keep the prose good at this stage it will be useful. You could type the original text straight into the notes section if you prefer. Each slide is a topic or section of information. Bullets, usually, breakdown this topic into smaller sections defining the sequence of information.
This can be alternatively arranged to look like this:. Hexagons are just one way to do this, take yourself back to school and work out other nice patterns. Multiple Slides For some unknown reason people tend to cram lots of stuff onto one slide rather than use more slides. This is perhaps related to saving paper on the printed version.
So, imagine our same 7 bullets in a topic. Why not an intro slide with the topic on it and then a slide each for each bullet? Each slide could have a striking image and very few words on it. OK, so a 10 slide presentation with 5 bullets per slide becomes a 50 slide presentation, but so what? Do you get charged by the slide? Warning If you get good at this process you could find yourself in demand. You might like this at first.
But ultimately it will become a pain. Just give people one of your existing presentations and tell them to copy it. Getting good at Powerpoint is one thing, spending all your time doing it is a cross no one should have to bear. Conclusion I could go on. But there is surely only so much someone will read on a subject as dull as Powerpoint. It can be so much more than that.
Well, how about people just stay awake or to the end? An interesting point you make is about having separate versions of the presentation, one for presentation and one for reading. Your email address will not be published.
For example, your presentation should have three main elements: the introduction, middle and conclusions. Within the main body of your presentation, divide your key message into three elements and then expand each of these points into three sub-points.
The purpose of a good introduction in a formal presentation is to achieve three goals: Grasp the audience’s attention. Identify the topic and the purpose or core message of the talk.
Learn the complete presentation process in this comprehensive guide. That way, you can go beyond writing your presentation, and learn to design all your slides like a pro, deliver to your audience with impact, and more. Now let's get into the writing process that leads to a professional PowerPoint presentation! 1. Research For Your Presentation Step 1. Why write a PowerPoint presentation? A PowerPoint presentation is similar to a poster presentation, only the information is on computer slides rather than actual posters. They are usually used to accompany an oral presentation; they should enhance the oral presentation instead of serving as speaking notes.
Presentation on writing skills 1. Session on Writing Skill ByJaved Iqbal Anjum Professional Development Teacher of Professional Development Center North for EDIP Project 2. Ice Breaker 3. 3 thoughts on “ Five tips for Writing a Presentation ” Alan Cook May 28, at pm Hugh, I too do many presentations and agree with all you say in your blog; however I am a great believer in mixing up wordy slides with pictures, maps and examples.