The following is intended for UTSC presentations, but can be adapted to other uses.
- For any slides, use the UTSC Powerpoint template
- Give credit to your committee and any other contributors on your last slide
- Get the first draft of your slides done at least 3-7 days before the presentation date
- Have your committee review your first and subsequent drafts
- If there is a time limit to your presentation, go through it out loud and time yourself
- The PowerPoint is there to support your talk, not replace it.
- Simple, more numerous slides are always better than fewer, cluttered slides.
- The best slide is a single image or infographic representing what you're talking about.
- Text on graphs must be 24 pt or larger. All other text must be 28 pt or larger.
- A text-only slide should have no more than 3-5 bullet points of text.
- A bullet point of text should be constrained to a single line; if it runs onto two lines, re-word it.
- Bad: "The ceremony will take place August 15, 2015"
- Good: "Ceremony: August 15"
- Incomplete sentences are fine in PowerPoint. It's shorthand that supports your talk, not prose.
- As you prepare your talk, think from the audience's point of view: what's in it for them?
- Stick with 3-4 main points. Everything else should support those points. For each point, try to come up with a supporting story or example.
- Statistics and charts can be boring, so make them as simple as you can or break each one up with a story or anecdote. Always give meaning or context to the data.
- Keep it as concise as possible - don't waste your audience's time.
When considering use of logos, particularly those of UT departments, get permission first. Using their logo in the wrong way can cause reputation damage for UTSC.
To get permission, contact the department's director. Look up the department on the utexas.edu site and then look for an organizational chart, or call their main line and ask for the name of the director, and then look them up in the UT directory.
When considering use of other images in presentations, fair use includes use for educational, non-profit, and scholarly purposes. When in doubt, see this flowchart:
Use of Charts and Graphs
Keep these as simple as possible. Use the following guidelines when deciding what type of chart to use:
To improve as a public speaker, join the UT Staff Toastmasters group to get practice and feedback.
- How to Present and Stay on Point (24 minutes)
- Communicating with Confidence (1.5 hours)
- Presentation Fundamentals (1.5 hours)
- Public Speaking Fundamentals (1 hour)
Pick the one that matches your version of PowerPoint:
- Office 365: PowerPoint Essential Training (3 hours)
- PowerPoint 2013 Essential Training (3 hours)
- PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training (3 hours)