Here are a few ideas to get you started...
1. Visual tips
Consider: Effective visuals serve the audience's needs, not the presenter's. Visuals should not be designed as a script for the presenter, but rather designed to help the audience better understand a point or idea.
Why are some colour choices more effective than others? Find out more.
What is the Lighthouse organisation and why do they recommend not using Times New Roman font? Find out more.
2. Teaching tips
Good teachers know it's never about them. It's about how learners feel about themselves and about the learning materials as a result of the learning experience.
What makes an effective learning experience? Find out more about:
What does it mean to teach interactively?
3. Presentation tips
Compulsory viewing for all presenters: Don McMillan's Life after death by PowerPoint
The risk of causing 'death by PowerPoint' increases exponentially when you...
- Try to cover too much.
- Overestimate what the audience knows about your subject.
- Confuse your audience with unnecessary technical detail.
- Overcrowd slides with information and/or data.
- Use text only and include no graphics.
- Use small complicated difficult-to-read fonts and extend your text to the bottom of the slide where it can't be seen by people at the back.
- Don't do basic proof-reading to get rid of spelling errors.
- Read your slides word-for-word to the audience, either from the computer or from the screen.
- Bungle the technology.
- Distribute handouts before or during your talk, so people read the handout rather than listen.
How do you put together interesting and effective presentations? Find out more.