Recently, I was asked the following question in the Presentation Software Forum -
What makes an effective PowerPoint Presentation in terms of graphics and text? How many of them should be used on the pages?
5 Quick PowerPoint Tips - Graphics vs Text in PowerPoint
Any PowerPoint presentation should be about the message of the presentation -- so use text sparingly and graphics appropriately. The best presentations of any sort are because of the presenter, not the PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint presentation is an aid. Always keep in mind that YOU are the presentation.
Now, all that being said, there are lots of ways to make wonderful PowerPoint presentations to assist you in getting your point across.
Some quick tips -
- Use text in bullet form to make the point - no more than 4 bullets per slide.
- Make the text large enough to read at the back of the room.
- Create strong contrast between the text and the slide background color, and avoid script type fonts so the text can be read easily.
- If possible, use a graphic to illustrate your point, rather than text. Just like that old cliché - "a picture is worth a thousand words".
- Go easy on the animations - use only for emphasis, not just to amuse. Again, another cliché - "less is more".