Do you have to make presentations? Do you hate presentations? I like presentations, but one thing that you are probably maybe good at with presentations are making PowerPoint presentations, because you have visual aids to help you so you don’t really have to talk as much, if you’re nervous about talking. Presentation skills is something that you can work on. We have videos on http://www.engvid.com to help you with presentation skills. So, go and check those out for learning how to speak during presentations.
But what we’re going to focus on today is the visual aspect of presentations, so your PowerPoint things. Some things to do, and some things not to do. So, here we are, presentation skills. The first thing and one of the things that makes these presentations so fun are pictures. But we have to be careful. The templates that you have already included in your presentation software, they’re boring. People use them all the time. So, I suggest you try and download some other pictures to make your presentation more interesting. And with that, make sure that on one slide you have one image. Make it interesting.
Do not have a split screen. So, don’t have two images on one slide. Do not have a collage, that’s insane. A collage is many different small pictures on one screen. Even when I see a collage, there’s a lot of collages coming out on Facebook now, and I’m like: “Too many pictures. Can’t understand.” Our brains just cannot comprehend all those pictures, especially when you’re having the slide up for a short period of time. Don’t make it like a photo album. Don’t put millions and seven pictures, and… Keep it simple. Put a single image on each slide. Try and pick images that you actually like, and not too distracting. You don’t want puppy dogs and things. Make something simple, but something that you like, and make sure it looks nice.
The next one you have to worry about is the lettering. So, the lettering, you also might know this as the font. So, font and lettering are the same. One thing that you do not want to do is have really fancy or beautiful lettering. Simply… The reason is some people can’t read when the letters are fancy, especially if you are doing presentations for people whose… Do not have English as their first language, if you take the letters and you write them even cursive, a lot of people have problems reading cursive. So, I suggest you use something more traditional. There’s lots of very easy-to-read fonts you can get from your… Whatever word processing you use. So, make it simple, easy to read.