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POWERPOINT - Your Presentation Checklists

silhouette illustration of lady presenterIf you’ve ever attended a live presentation, especially at a conference where many speakers appear, you’ve likely witnessed a variety of issues that can crop up for presenters when ill prepared for an event. Today, we have two checklists for you to reference prior to making your next PowerPoint presentation.

The Presentation Content:

Before settling in for a good night’s sleep before your presentation, use the following checklist to ensure your presentation is most effective with a top-notch visual display.

  • Bullet points/sentences abide by the 5 x 5 rule (Definitely no larger than 7 x 7)
  • Font, bullet, and formatting styles are consistent
  • Animations are tasteful and audience appropriate
  • Slide transitions are consistent throughout
  • Content has been proofread for grammar and punctuation
  • Presentation is visibly clear at a distance, well balanced visually
  • You have rehearsed and are familiar with all content

The Venue/Technical Specifications:

Not all presentation venues are created equal.  Make sure that you are fully prepared for your presentation with the following venue check-list

  • Confirm the venue is equipped with a projector for digital presentations.
  • Save a copy of your presentation on external media – CD, DVD, USB/thumbdrive, or accessible network (i.e. the “cloud.”)
  • Check that the computer you will be using is equipped with PowerPoint presentation software (even then, save a copy as a PowerPoint Show which can be run on any computer, though will lack “Presenter’s Notes.”)
  • (If possible) have your own laptop available as a back-up.
  • Ensure you are familiar with connecting the hardware and initializing the media – or have access to someone who is.
  • Bring hardcopies for reference – in case all else fails.

Are you a presentation veteran? Do you have any other tips or checklist points to share?  Please let us know in the “Comments” section below.

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