Presentation Skills

Creating Effective Presentations

by robertr

December 17th, 2009

Human beings see things differently.  Some may gain wisdom or knowledge through verbal means, while others are more successful through visual means.  When one is in any field wherein communicating an idea or a project with others, their success rate will soar if they employ both the verbal and the visuals when leading meetings and making presentations.  Once one grasps the concepts of effective public speaking, and combines that with graphics that ‘paint a picture’, one will become a better educator and/or leader, and they will become a stronger and more viable communicator.  One of the keys to conducting any business meeting, is to keep it short and keep it direct.

This is true for visual props as well.  Each written line should contain at most, six words.  And there should never be more than six lines to any one visual aid.  Should the visual combine the use of drawings or images, along with written text, much of the space should remain blank on the page, at least sixty percent.  Larger font size is key as well, as it becomes frustrating for people to read when they can not sufficiently or accurately see that which they are supposed to be looking.

This goes the same for the size of a projection screen as well.  It is wise for one themselves, to stand in the back row of seating before the presentation begins, just to make certain that everyone participating will have a clear view.  When the text is written in all capital letters, it becomes very hard for people to read.  One should always use a mix of lowercase and capital letters when creating visuals using written text.  Visuals should always be created professionally.

It is best to have someone look over the work before one is to present it, as unbiased opinions come from those who are seeing the work with fresh eyes.  As with all works in the visual word, aesthetic appeal is a must.  There are many options in the computer graphics world, and experimenting with those to create various borders, shapes and lines will serve to give one many options in the creative process, to be able to see just what looks best.  It is a simple idea, but composition is employed in the world of visual arts, and considering the layout of the work will make a huge difference in the way that one’s presentation is perceived, and in the effectiveness of the communication that will be disseminated throughout the presentation.

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