How to un-suck your PowerPoint slides!

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ratcher (9 months ago)

I am going to use this deck to educate our postdocs on the proper way to put together a presentation. It hits nearly every failing of a powerpoint presentation. I would add a slide about moving characters or graphics (not a video) on a slide - it draws the eye away from the content.

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How to un-suck your PowerPoint slides! Dennis Meredith E-mail: dennis@glyphus.com www.DennisMeredithConsulting.com Twitter: @ExplainResearch

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I’ve attended countless scientific presentations over the decades.

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In too many of them, the PowerPoint slides sucked!

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They can easily be un-sucked.

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In this brief presentation, I’ll show you how.

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First of all, most presenters make their text too small. This is 18-point text.

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You can read it perfectly well sitting at your computer. But it’s far too small to be seen on a screen from the back of an auditorium.

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The minimum size of your text should be 24 point, like this.

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And headlines can be about 40 points, like this.

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Serif fonts like Times New Roman are harder to read on a screen than…

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…sans serif fonts like this: This is Calibri This is Verdana This is Arial

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Another problem is slides that are black text on a white background. The glare makes it hard to see the text and causes eye strain.

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At least, give the background some tint like this to reduce eye strain. But that reduces the contrast between the text and the background.

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A better solution is to reverse the type out of a dark background like this. It makes the text stand out. It also makes images “pop,” as you can see in the next two slides. First a light background, then a dark one.

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) come from. . . Coal-Fired Plants

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) come from. . . Coal-Fired Plants

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Presenters often put too much text on a slide. People cannot listen and read at the same time.

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If you keep your slide simple you will find that it is more digestible by audiences and much more memorable than if you clutter it with extraneous text that overwhelms the language-processing part of their brain. Remember…

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If you keep your slide simple you will find that it is more digestible by audiences and much more memorable than if you clutter it with extraneous text that overwhelms the language-processing part of their brain. Remember…

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If you keep your slide simple you will find that it is more digestible by audiences and much more memorable than if you clutter it with extraneous text and images that do not contribute to your point.

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Use short bullets: Make points easier to jot down Reduces reading load More memorable Create suspense: “What’s he going to say about this point?”

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Don’t use labels on your slides. Use headlines that tell the point of your slide. This is a label:

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Florida “West Indian” manatee

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And this is a headline:

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Manatee extinction likely without additional protection

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Presenters put too much data on their slides. Like this:

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Do you think this presenter talked about every number on this chart?

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Only show numbers to be discussed. Crop out the teensy type in the caption. Don’t put text on the screen that’s not meant to be read.

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Use animation to step through a complex process. Like this:

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Bcl-xL PUMA p53 Mitochondrial outer membrane Apoptosis BAX BAX MOMP Stress-induced Apoptosis; Roles of PUMA, BCL-xL and p53 Mitochondrial Outer Membrane (MOM) Chipuk, et al., Science, 303:1010-4 (2004); ibid., 309:1732-5 (2005). Stress (e.g., DNA damage) p53 Bcl-xL Importantly, PUMA is the only BH3-only protein that activates cytoplasmic p53 How does BCL-xL bind to p53? How does PUMA uniquely unleash the pro-apoptotic activity of cytoplasmic p53?

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Design your graphs and charts to tell people where to look. This one doesn’t:

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This is a headline that makes the point “Washington, G. and Jefferson, T. “Very important research paper,” Top Sci Jrnl, Vol. 400, No. 4, November 8, 2016

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Use color to draw the eye to the important data. Like this:

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This is a headline that makes the point “Washington, G. and Jefferson, T. “Very important research paper,” Top Sci Jrnl, Vol. 400, No. 4, November 8, 2016

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Use arrows to point out important aspects. Like this:

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This is a headline that makes the point “Washington, G. and Jefferson, T. “Very important research paper,” Top Sci Jrnl, Vol. 400, No. 4, November 8, 2016

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This is a headline that makes the point “Washington, G. and Jefferson, T. “Very important research paper,” Top Sci Jrnl, Vol. 400, No. 4, November 8, 2016

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This is a headline that makes the point “Washington, G. and Jefferson, T. “Very important research paper,” Top Sci Jrnl, Vol. 400, No. 4, November 8, 2016

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DUAAWETF!

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Don’t Use Arcane Abbreviations Without Explaining Them First!

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Use visuals to grab your audience’s attention and make your point.

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For example, which slide is more interesting and memorable?

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The mammalian eye has 70 different cell types. This one?

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Or this one?

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The mammalian eye has 70 different cell types. Bryan William Jones and Robert E. Marc, University of Utah

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You can find many image sources at www.ExplainingResearch.com.

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On the Explaining Research menu: Click on Refs and Resources, Ch. 3

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Now your PowerPoint slides won’t suck! Dennis Meredith E-mail: dennis@glyphus.com www.DennisMeredithConsulting.com Twitter: @ExplainResearch

Summary: A brief presentation guaranteed to un-suck your PowerPoint slides!

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