October 9 2016

Perfect your PowerPoint presentation

by Barbie in Academia, Design

One of the final steps of the capstone project or dissertation process is the defense, the point at which you present your study to your committee, field their questions, and share the contribution that your study adds to the larger body of research. Most students rely on a PowerPoint presentation to share their findings, and we edit many of those presentations for our clients.

Follow these tips to create an effective and convincing PowerPoint presentation.

Minimize Text

Your presentation should outline the topics you will discuss without reiterating everything you plan to say. Use each slide to provide an overview of the topic, and use the notes section to remind yourself of all the information you want to mention during your defense. Simply put, the less text, the better.

Use a Cohesive Design

PowerPoint offers many design options, but don’t get too excited and add too many elements to each slide. Instead, stick to a cohesive design from slide to slide. Use the same background color or pattern on each slide. Establish heading levels, and stick to the same font throughout. Implement these design features from your first slide to your last, and you’ll ensure that your design won’t distract your audience.

Add Visual Interest

Graphics engage your audience more than text, so use those well-designed figures and tables from your manuscript in your presentation as well. Choose those design elements that effectively convey your findings, and your findings will be more impactful during your presentation.

Look at your PowerPoint as a supplement to your presentation. Remember, your knowledge of the subject surpasses anything that your PowerPoint can convey.