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Making Good PowerPoint Slides

Points to be Covered

         Outline Slide Structure Fonts Color Background Graphs Spelling and Grammar Conclusions Questions

Some details

FIRST SLIDE: PUT YOUR NAME AND AFFILIATION, AND NAMES OF ALL GUIDES AND THEIR AFFILIATIONS (DEPTS, ORGANIZATIONS, etc.)

TIME FOR SYNOPSIS: 25 MIN + 5 MIN Q&A; MAX 15 SLIDES (STRICTLY)

TIME FOR ABSTRACTS: 40 MIN + 10 MIN Q&A; MAX 30 SLIDES (STRICTLY)

Outline

 Make your 1 st slide an outline of your presentation  Follow the order of your outline  Only place main points on the outline slide

Slide Structure

 Plan for about 1.5-2 minutes per slide in your presentation 

Write in point form, not complete sentences, i.e., use key words and phrases

Not everything needs to be presented

:

choose material to be put on slides

 Slides should be un-cluttered and

use bullets

Fonts

 Use 28-point (Caps) font-size for text and 32 point (Caps) for titles/headings  Use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial

Color

 Use colors so that the text contrasts sharply with the background  Make a mock presentation and see your slides presented on a screen/wall (

and not on a computer screen only

)

Background

 Use backgrounds such as this one that are attractive but simple  Use backgrounds which are light  Use the same background consistently throughout your presentation

Graphs

 Use graphs rather than charts and words – Data in graphs is easier to comprehend and retain than is raw data – Trends are easier to visualize in graphical form  Always title your graphs

Spelling and Grammar

 Proof your slides for: – spelling mistakes – – the use of repeated words grammatical errors you might have made  If English is not your first language, please have someone else check your presentation 

REFERENCES: STYLE (FULL INFORMATION NEEDED)

FOR RESEARCH PAPERS, USE:

Chiu, W. Y., Carratt, G. M. and Soong, D. S., A Computer Model for the Gel Effect in Free-Radical Polymerization,

Macromolecules

,

16

, 348-357 (1983).

FOR BOOKS, USE:

Beveridge, G. S. G. and Schechter, R. S.,

Optimization: Theory and Practice

, New York: McGraw-Hill, New York, 1970.

Conclusion

 Use a conclusion slide to: – Summarize the main points of your presentation – Suggest future avenues of research

Questions??

 End your presentation with a simple question slide to: – Invite your audience to ask questions – Provide a visual aid during question period

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