A PowerPoint presentation is often preferred to other techniques of presentation. There are two main reasons: one, a PowerPoint presentation is professional looking; and two, it is easy to make. If you are assigned to present a Psychology case study, you will find that making a PowerPoint presentation is the most effective way of doing it. But to avoid the common mistake of cluttering a presentation with unnecessary details, you have to know how to make an effective PowerPoint presentation. Here’s how:
- Make an outline. While constructing the case study, you are most likely following a specific outline. This same outline is necessary in making a PowerPoint presentation. But the outline you need for the presentation should be concise and direct, so you need to make a trimmed version of it. To do this, take only the most important information and leave out the other details.
- Transfer the outline into the slides. After determining which parts of the outline to include, you need to encode them into the slides. Break down your outline into sections, with each having a title, headings, and subheadings. Remember to allot a slide for each section title. Headings and subheadings must be bulleted and are smaller in size than the section title. Unless necessary, avoid putting paragraphs. The acceptable length of any information is a phrase- or sentence-long. Anything beyond that is too much for a presentation.
- Consider the font. Do not use fancy fonts. The rule of thumb in making a PowerPoint presentation is to use fonts that are simple and readable. The default fonts in PowerPoint templates are Arial and Tahoma. Depending on your preference, you can also use Times New Roman, Comic Sans, Century Gothic, and other readable fonts. For emphasis, you can italicize or underline a thought.
- Choose a background. A plain white background is formal and commands attention. However, it is generally bland. To make your PowerPoint presentation more interesting, choose a background that is visually appealing. The color should be light and easy on the eyes. The designs, on the other hand, should not be distracting.
- Add pictures. Pictures in general draw attention. In PowerPoint presentations, pictures can also bring ease to the eyes, highlight a thought, and prove a point. It is important, however, to choose relevant pictures to include in the presentation. They should also be in an appropriate size and have the right resolution. In case you need a graph or a table, use the Insert Chart or Insert Table button and supply all the important details.
As soon as you finish, have someone run the presentation while you read it from afar. Check if the slides are readable, the fonts are uniform, the color is appealing, and all the elements are working harmoniously. Make sure the slides are not crammed because if they are, your readers will find difficulty in reading each line in the slides. Adjust the font size or add another slide if you have to. Finally, make sure to have a duplicate copy of the presentation, so you have a spare in case the other one doesn’t work right.