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Presentation Skills: Design Tips

Tips, tricks & technology to give a presentation with an emphasis on NWACC assignments

10 20 30 Rule

What is the 10 20 30 Rule of PowerPoint?

A PowerPoint presentation should have 10 slides, last no more than 20 minutes, and contain no font smaller than 30 points.

7 Tips

  1. Create a simple design template
  2. Use appropriate font and size.
  3. Use good quality images.
  4. Avoid too many special effects.
  5. Limit the number of slides.
  6. Learn to navigate your presentation in a non-linear fashion.
  7.  Do not read from your slides or speak to them.

5/5/5 Rule

What is the 5 by 5 rule in PowerPoint?

To keep your audience from feeling overwhelmed, you should keep the text on each slide short and to the point. Some experts suggest using the 5/5/5 rule: no more than five words per line of text, five lines of text per slide, or five text-heavy slides in a row.

Pro Tips

  1. Skip the Stock Template
  2. Don’t Use More than 6 Lines of Text
  3. Ditch the Bullet Points
  4. Use Sans Serif Fonts
  5. Size Fonts Appropriately
  6. Maintain a Strong Contrast Between Text and Background
  7. Use No More than 5 Colors
  8. Use Contrasting Text Colors to Draw Attention
  9. Use Single Images
  10. Use Visuals to Increase Emotional Appeal
  11. Freeze the Transitions


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