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PowerPoint Design Guidelines
- All Presenters must use the Illinois ASBO PowerPoint Template.
Do not use any other templates as the introductory slide must be included in all presentations. How to merge the PowerPoint Template with Google Docs
PowerPoint should assist you in delivering your presentation and are not the main source of information. Limit the amount of information on a single slide. Stick to one main idea per slide and limit yourself to using no more than three bullet points per slide.
Remember, those sitting in the back of the room should still be able to read the slide. Consider using 40 pts for headings and going no smaller than 28 pts for the content text.
- Make Sure Fonts Are Readable
Avoid using script or decorative fonts that could be hard to read. Recommended fonts include Verdana, Calibri, Palatino, Tahoma, Georgia or Times.
- Enhance Data with Charts or Graphs
Use charts or graphs to make abstract data easier to understand. Keep size in mind, as too much information will be difficult for audience to see.
- Be Consistent with Style Settings
Keep your design style and fonts consistent across all slides to ensure that the entire presentation is visually appealing.
Color can make your presentation more visually appealing, however use sparingly. Avoid red letters, which are difficult for some people to read. The best readability comes from high contrast of intensity rather than by clashing colors. Instead use color to highlight an idea or take away.
Be sure to include your contact information on the last slide of your presentation to allow attendees to contact you with follow-up questions.
- Remember, it's always a good idea to bring a backup copy of your presentation!