Five Principles of Great PowerPoint Presentation

1. Use as little text as possible
The main purpose of a presentation is to aid in orally and visually transferring information. The main concentration should be in building a neat and interesting speech. It is impossible to read all the text while listening, and putting too much text in the presentation can confuse the listener and disrupt concentration.

2. Use high quality pictures
If you don’t have good pictures that really illustrate ideas and can aid the talk, don’t use them! If the pictures are not clear and can be misunderstood by the audience, they can cause more damage than help. Use only clear, high quality and relevant pictures!

3. Keep conventional and tidy layout.
don’t put messy and unordered information and graphics all over the slide! Each slide should be carefully designed with title, simple layout, 1 to 4 pictures, with the relevant text, to help focus the audience.

4. Don’t use unnecessary animations.
Even more annoying than unclear pictures are stupid animation. Animations can be great if they illustrate something. You can use movies and animations that have a real point, any other animation is not decorating the slide, but distracting and irritating.

5. Put titles on each slide.
Finally, don’t forget to give a relevant title to each slide. This can help the listeners to keep up and focus the central ideas, and can help you associate each slide to its subject during the presentation.

Remember: PowerPoint presentations are great aid in speaking but can be easily destroy a good lecture if not done properly.