This is a list of Presentation tips that we have
collected. Please contact us with any other tips that you have.
ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP PLAN!! We do
everything in our power to make sure that problems do not arise, but sometimes things go
wrong. Try to have an "alternate no AV" lecture planned, if the system
should go down. We DO NOT supply whiteboard markers, instructors must bring
their own. Chalk is furnished by custodial.
Check out the room ahead of time. Before
your first lecture, check out the room, and make sure it has everything you need. This
will avoid unwanted surprises the first day of class.
Practice. If you have a complex
presentation planned with several different multimedia, go to the room ahead of time and
practice your presentation. We would be happy to meet you at the room and assist with any
preparations or extra instructions.
Experiment and try new things. These
rooms often have capabilities other than what most people use them for. Something as
simple as playing a CD while students enter and exit often adds to the class. We would be
happy to assist you in experimenting.
Invest in a laser pointer. They are
inexpensive, and are extremely useful.
Convert 35mm slides to computer files. Kodak has
discontinued manufacturing slide projectors. You can still use slides in rooms
that currently have slide projectors. However, when the slide projector fails,
it is unlikely that we will be able to repair or replace it. New AV
installations will not include slide projectors.
- Use color to influence mood and emotion.
The colors for type, illustrations and backgrounds influence
the way they are perceived. Here is a basic guide to using color in your
Red excitement, alert
Yellow confidence, warmth, wisdom
Purple dignity, sophistication
Blue truth, trust, justice
Black authority, strength
Orange – action, optimism
Brown friendliness, warmth
Grey integrity, maturity
- Apply appropriate typestyles for readability. For hand-outs or take-home
material print the paragraph copy in a serif typestyle. This style has been proven to be
30% easier to read. Type that is projected on a screen, using a slide, overhead or
multimedia projector, should be in sans serif type. Thats because in the projection
process letters lose some of their sharpness, and serif type can look muddy when
This is "Times Roman." It
is a serif type. Notice the tiny scrollwork on the ends of each letter.
This is "Arial." It is a sans serif
type. It does not have the tiny scrollwork on the ends of each letter.
- Include photographs to inject realism. The more true to life you
make the issue you are presenting, the better your audience will understand and identify
with it. Remember the impact you can add by using photos or video of people on location,
using products or talking to the audience.
- Insert illustrations to clarify or emphasize. If your topic is complex, an illustration lets you simplify the way
it looks. Also, illustrations allow you to show exploded views or views normally not seen,
such as interiors.
The Document Camera is one of the most versatile and often used
devices. Using it correctly can greatly enhance a lecture.
Create your documents with big, simple fonts.
Use the biggest fonts possible. Larger fonts are easier to read. Fonts without
"serifs", like Ariel, are easier to read as well. 14 point or
larger is recommended.
Use the Zoom feature. Zoom in so the
words are as big and well-framed as possible. Avoid unnecessary white space or unused
Move the paper around. Instead of
zooming out so the entire paper is visible, zoom in to the current part, then move the
paper as necessary.
document camera allows you to do many things that an overhead projector can't. Try putting
the textbook under the camera. Bring in 3-dimensional objects and put them under the
document camera. Using a blank transparency sheet or sheet of regular paper, write under
the document camera. You can even use the document camera to display slides!
Use the microphone! Even if you talk
loudly enough, or it is a small room, use it! Students can't hear when you turn to the
chalkboard or away from them. A mic will insure that you will always be understandable.
Place the microphone correctly. The
top of the microphone should directly face your mouth. Place the microphone about 4-6
inches below your mouth, in the center of your chest. Try to avoid wearing chains or
necklaces that can hit the microphone.
Use other microphones. If you are
having a guest speaker, or a panel discussion, bring in additional microphones.
Contact Classroom Media Support for assistance.
Use large fonts. On your Power Point
presentation, use the biggest fonts realistically possible. Small fonts are hard to read.
Use contrasting colors. A dark
background with light text is easily readable.
Use drop shadows. Adding drop
shadows to text makes it more legible.
Avoid busy backgrounds. Keep the
background simple. Too much in the background makes the text hard to read.
Avoid using red text. Red text is
often hard to read.
AVOID ALL CAPS! All caps look like
Include a good combination of words,
pictures, and graphics. A variety keeps the presentation interesting.
Display information by Progressive Building.
Students respond well to gradually adding information.
Incorporate audio into computer
presentations. All rooms have inputs for computer audio. Incorporate sound
effects or audio clips into presentations.
Try not to rely on the Internet. If
you are displaying web pages, download them before class and save them to disk. Network
connections can be slow and unreliable at times.
Invest in a wireless mouse. It is
helpful to be able to advance pages from across the room.
Experiment! The computer is an extremely
powerful and flexible tool. There's no end to what it can do.
Always use the highest quality version
possible. VHS videotape does not stand the test of time very well, and does not
hold up over several generations of copies. Use the newest tape or recording possible, and
avoid several-generation copies (a copy of a copy of a copy...). If taping a program off
television, use the fastest tape speed (SP), and use the original version, not a copy. If
making your own tape using a camcorder, try to use an external microphone and not rely on
the built-in camcorder mic.
Some of the information on this
page was collected from the booklet "15 Minute Guide To Winning
Presentations" by Proxima.