Slides for Presentations?
SCHLOSSER at ciit.org
Tue Apr 19 07:05:31 EST 1994
I don't have a book to recommend, but the following is a table from a
Microsoft Newsletter that I keep taped to the top of my monitor.
Output Largest Norm Smallest
On-Screen 36 pt 24 pt 18 pt
Overhead 24 pt 18 pt 12 pt
35mm slide 36 pt 24 pt 18 pt
Flip Charts 24 pt 18 pt 12 pt
(& posters) " " "
The other 3 rules are:
1) never, ever (photo)copy any table/text directly from a manuscript
2) *always* prepare overheads and 35s in landscape mode (*never*
3) If you are only showing a few #'s from a table, then make a new
table with only those #'s in it. *Do not* show a big table of
tiny text and then say "I just want you to focus on these few
entries." (This is actually a corrolary of #1.)
OK, one more:
4) Put a title on every slide (you might make an exception for pathology
Following these rules will cure 90% of the problems. Colors are very helpful
if used well, but don't distract your audience with fancy backgrounds. Do
you want them to remember how nice the slides looked or do you want them to
remember what you said?
schlosser at beta.ciit.org
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