PowerPoint Templates for Effective Powerpoint Presentations

Instapoint Powerpoint Templates

Microsoft PowerPoint has dramatically changed the way in which academic and business presentations are made. This article outlines few tips on making more effective and attractive PowerPoint presentations with professional Powerpoint templates and some common sense techniques.

THE TEXT

Keep the wording clear and simple like in our Powerpoint templates. Use active, visual langauge. Cut unnecessary words ? A good rule of thumb is to cut paragraphs down to sentences, sentences into phrases, and phrases into key words. Limit the number of words and lines per slide. Try the Rule of Five – five words per line, five lines per slide. If too much text appears on one slide, use the AutoFit feature to split it between two slides. Check our Powerpoint templates for examples.

Click within the placeholder to display the AutoFit Options button (its symbol is two horizontal lines with arrows above and below), then click on the button and choose Split Text Between Two Slides from the submenu. Font size for titles should be at least 36 to 40, while the text body should not be smaller than 24. Use only two font styles per slide – one for the title and the other for the text. See our Powerpoint templates gallery for examples. Choose two fonts that visually contrast with each other. Garamond Medium Condensed and Impact are good for titles, while Garamond or Tempus Sans can be used for the text body. Embed the fonts in your presentation, if you are not sure whether the fonts used in the presentation are present in the computer that will be used for the presentation. To embed the fonts: (1) On the File menu, click Save As. (2) On the toolbar, click Tools, click Save Options, select the Embed TrueType Fonts check box, and then select Embed characters in use only. Check our Powerpoint templates for font ideas and examples.

THE COLORS

powerpoint templatesUse colors sparingly; two to three at most. If you check our Powerpoint templates gallery you can see what we mean. You may use one color for all the titles and another for the text body. Be consistent from slide to slide. Choose a font color that contrasts well with the background. Capitalizing the first letter of each word is good for the title of slides and suggests a more formal situation than having just the first letter of the first word capitalized. In bullet point lines, capitalize the first word and no other words unless they normally appear capped. Upper and lower case lettering is more readable than all capital letters. You will notice our Powerpoint templates do just that. Moreover, current styles indicate that using all capital letters means you are shouting. If you have text that is in the wrong case, select the text, and then click Shift+F3 until it changes to the case style that you like. Clicking Shift+F3 toggles the text case between ALL CAPS, lower case, and Initial Capital styles. Use bold or italic typeface for emphasis. Avoid underlining, it clutters up the presentation. Dont center bulleted lists or text. It is confusing to read. Left align unless you have a good reason not to. Run ?spell check? on your show when finished. Again, check our Powerpoint templates collection Instapoint for samples of all the theme colors that come with Instapoint.

THE BACKGROUND

Keep the background consistent. Instapoint Powerpoint templates use simple, light textured backgrounds  which work well. Complicated textures make the content hard to read. If you are planning to use many clips in your slides, select a white background. If the venue of your presentation is not adequately light-proof, select a dark-colored background and use any light color for text. Our Pwerpoint templates come in a large variety of dark and light color schemes. Minimize the use of “bells and whistles” such as sound effects, “flying words” and multiple transitions. Dont use red in any fonts or backgrounds. It is an emotionally overwhelming color that is difficult to see and read.Once again, check our Powerpoint templates for examples of how we keep the backgrounds simple.

Fortunately, Instapoint Powerpoint templates takes care of these issues for you so all you have to do is worry about adding your presentation info.