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Making Power Point Presentations

The computer with power point presentation software combines the advantage of the overhead projector, the slide projector, flip chart, flannel board, and whiteboard/chalkboard, all rolled into one.

1. With computer projection systems, presentation can be made to audiences as small as five (use a monitor only) or as large as an auditorium full of students.

2. Projection can best be done in a semi-dark room.  A darkened room is not necessary.

3. The trainer faces the audience.  By keeping eye contact with the participants, the trainer is able to maintain control of the group while at the same time controlling the presentation.

4. The presentation is prepared by using presentation software.  The software has a number of special effects:

a. Animation

b. Backgrounds

c. Slide transitions

• Uncover (Left-down, Left-up, Right-down, Right-up)

• Wipe (Down, Left, Right, Up)

• Fly from (Bottom, Left, Right, Top, Bottom-left, Bottom-right, Top-left)

• Appear

5. Clip art is available from a number of internet sites such as:



in addition to the Scout service center clipart disks

6. A large number of fonts can also be used. Some sizing considerations.

a. Titles

b. Main Thoughts 50 - pt

c. Secondary points 32 - pt

d. Third level points 28 - pt

 e. Fourth level and smallest recommended 20 - pt

7. There are two basic type styles, the serif and the sans-serif.  Each style has its use in the presentation of material.  Serif type is commonly found in books, it is easy to read and information is readily remembered.  The sans-serif is the best choice for projected transparencies.  Sans-serif type produces a more readable character when projected.  The following are examples of both type styles:

• This is serif text

• This is sans-serif text

8. In a power point presentation serif fonts are very acceptable if the presentation is to be viewed on a monitor.  If the presentation is to be projected or transparencies made from the presentation then sans-serif fonts are preferred.

9. Transparencies are easily prepared from the presentation for use on overhead projectors.  The presentation can be prepared in advance and a request for black and white slides of the presentation printed.  Color ink jet printers do the best job for color transparencies.

10. Color on Color ranking is as follows:

(Ranked from most visible to least visible)

1. Black on yellow

2. Green on white

3. Blue on white

4. White on blue

5. Black on white

6. Yellow on black

7. White on red

8. White on orange

9. White on black

10. Red on yellow

11. Green on red

12. Red on green

13. Red on black

Note: Computer projection systems are relatively expensive but many schools and businesses have them.  Training conducted at these facilities may yield unexpected bonus training aids.

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