Presentation Design | Process |
Plan the points you want to make or write a script.
Consider whether your audience will expect a smoothly delivered narrative or talking points AND whether you’re comfortable speaking from notes or prefer to write out what you want to say and study it so you know it well enough not to have to read from your notes.
Choose your slideware (see some options below).
Consider whether you’ll have internet access or need to store your presentation files on the computer you’ll be using.
Consider whether the computer you’ll be using on the day of your presentation will be the same as the one you’re using to create your presentation.
Create a folder on your computer to store images that you create or borrow.
Design your slides to illustrate or enhance your talking points or script. Mark your script to indicate slide changes.
Give credit to images you borrow from others. Consider adding a caption on the slide or include a list of credits at the end of the slide show.
Save. Save. Save. Save. Have access to at least two copies of your slides.
Practice your presentation with your slides. If possible, practice on the same kind of computer you’ll be using.
Time your presentation.
Adjust your presentation notes and/or slides to improve pacing or fit the designated time slot.
Know your notes or script well enough that you won’t have to read from the screen and can look up from your notes or script and make eye contact with your audience.
If you’ll have access to the internet, consider saving a copy to Dropbox, Slideshare, iCloud or other internet-based service.
If you plan to connect your Mac laptop to a projector, don’t forget your dongle!