Highlights and key ideas in presentation. Developing presentation techniques and visual aids

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Highlights and key ideas in presentation. Developing presentation techniques and visual aids

Highlights and key ideas in presentation. Developing presentation techniques and visual aids

Prepared: Muminova Zulfiya

Keys for a presentation

  • When creating a presentation, your main objective is that your audience remembers and thinks back on key concepts. If you don’t know how to do it, follow these 7 tips and then your presentations will be noteworthy!

Use powerful images

  • Images can be your best ally when conveying complicated or difficult concepts to explain in words. They can also help break the rhythm following a complicated lesson. We recommend that you choose them carefully and place them in key positions within your presentation. If you want to know how to choose the best pictures for your presentations, read our Images used to support learning article.

Simplify, streamline and facilitate

  • Take note: what isn’t information isn’t useful. Make the effort of summarizing the information as much as possible, and not fill your slides with too much content. If you can say it in a phrase instead of a full paragraph, do it! And, if you can replace the phrase for an image that conveys the same message, do that as well. This way, you will avoid too much text and unnecessary items in your presentation. Remember: Less information will be more easily retained by your audience.

  • A common error that we usually make in presentations is using too many graphs. Graphs are great to present statistics. But, if our objective is that the audience only retain one key concept of the graph… Why not process the information for them? For example, as in the following screen.

  • Tip:  Keep reminding yourself to check what you can take out of your presentation that won’t take away its meaning. If you identify additional items that won’t take away from comprehension, take them out! You’ll see that when you do, key content will stand out and be easier to understand.

Highlight important concepts

  • Highlight the most important concepts on each screen so your audience can easily identify them. You can do this by:

  • Highlighting key concepts in a different color

  • Using a larger font

  • Placing them in a text box

  • Adding contrast

  • Placing them in the best position within the screen.

One idea per slide

  • Think of one key concept for each slide and convey it with the most efficient resource. It can be text, an image, a video, or a combination of items. Provide enough space for each key concept. If you need two or three slides to explain your ideas clearly, your audience will appreciate it!

Careful with design!

  • The content of your presentation is key, but how you present it is too. Try to apply the following tips:

  • Use neutral color backgrounds and easy to read fonts.

  • Use the same style of pictures for the whole presentation. For example, if using landscape catalogue images, avoid any other type that changes the aesthetic and has nothing to do with your presentation.

  • Align items in all the slides.

  • Use one color palette with no more than 3 main colors, and take advantage of white, black and grey tones.

  • In summary, your presentation should have visual consistency from start to finish.

Make good use of storytelling

  • Storytelling, or the art of telling stories, can help you immensely for presentations. Not only does it provide a common theme, it also allows you to emotionally connect with your audience. For example, if you are working on a presentation about malaria, it will be much more noteworthy if you tell the story of Akanni, the child who suffered from malaria and completed successful treatment, than merely listing symptoms and treatments.

Take advantage of space

  • Take advantage of the space on each screen. This doesn’t mean that you should fill every millimeter available, (remember points 2 and 3 on the list!), but taking advantage of space intelligently. Look at the following example: Which do you think is more effective?


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