Designing Effective Slides
Structuring Your Presentation
Most presentations consist of three main sections: an introduction, the body, and a conclusion. What you include in these sections and how you transition between them can make or break your presentation.
Formatting Your Slides
How your slides look play a huge role in how engaged audiences will be. If they have a hard time reading your slides, it will be difficult for them to follow along and pay attention. Good slides are clear, big, and simple.
- Make your information clear. Use an easy to read, standard typeface. Unique fonts may seem pretty or fun, but they distract from your content.
- Use big fonts: Your font should be large and easy to read. Including only one idea per slide helps prevent you from trying to shrink your font to cram too much into one slide.
- Keep things simple: Use color and animation sparingly, and use keywords instead of full sentences. Be sure to use words that everyone can understand instead of discipline-specific jargon. Relevant images can can pique the audience’s interest and figures and are a great alternative to text.
Keep in mind that your slides are only an aid, which helps people follow along. You want the majority of the attention to remain on you as you are presenting.