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PowerPoint - Best Practices for a Successful Webinar

Presentation Considerations

  • Slides and the presentation in general should be clean and simple
  • Use graphics to highlight points, explain concepts visually, or add a bit of visual interest (but be careful not to overdo it!)
  • Don't put too much information in your presentation. You don't want your slides to be a transcript of your narration!
  • Limit use of animations, sound, and video to optimize web-broadcasting

Color Schemes
Color can add a certain atmosphere to your prsentation or highlight important points. Your subject matter may lend itself naturally to a color or two. You should make color selections based on readability.

  • Consider one of the following schemes:
    • Achromatic: Black, white, and shades of grey
    • Monochromatic: Different shades of the same color
    • Analogous: Different colors next to each other on the color wheel
    • Complimentary: Colors opposite of each other on the color wheel
  • Select two or three colors and stick with them throughout the presentation.
  • Blue is the most soothing and easiest to read. Black is harsher, but also very easy to read. Avoid using red or orange except to bring attention to an item.
  • Use the same colors consistently throughout the presentation (same color for all titles, each level of text, backgrounds, etc).
  • Make sure there is enough contrast between colors so they can easily be distinguished, especially background and text colors.

Text

  • Sans serif fonts (i.e. Arial, Helvetica, Verdana) are more readable than serif fonts (i.e. Times New Roman, Garamond, Palatino).
  • Your text should be larger than 18 points so it is easily visable. Titles and headings should be slightly larger.
  • Slides generally should have no more than 8 lines each.
  • Use bold, italics, or color for emphasis on specific words.
  • Use no more than two fonts in the presentation.
  • Leave space between lines for easier reading.
  • Avoid using all CAPS, except on a title slide.