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  • Do you have to make presentations?

  • Do you hate presentations? I like presentations,

  • but one thing that you are probably maybe good at with presentations are making PowerPoint

  • presentations, because you have visual aids to help you so you don't really have to talk as much,

  • if you're nervous about talking. Presentation skills is something that you

  • can work on. We have videos on www.engvid.com to help you with presentation skills. So,

  • go and check those out for learning how to speak during presentations.

  • But what we're going to focus on today is the visual aspect of presentations, so your

  • PowerPoint things. Some things to do, and some things not to do. So, here we are, presentation

  • skills. The first thing and one of the things that makes these presentations so fun are

  • pictures. But we have to be careful. The templates that you have already included in your presentation

  • software, they're boring. People use them all the time. So, I suggest you try and download

  • some other pictures to make your presentation more interesting. And with that, make sure

  • that on one slide you have one image. Make it interesting.

  • Do not have a split screen. So, don't have two images on one slide. Do not have a collage,

  • that's insane. A collage is many different small pictures on one screen. Even when I

  • see a collage, there's a lot of collages coming out on Facebook now, and I'm like:

  • "Too many pictures. Can't understand." Our brains just cannot comprehend all those pictures, especially

  • when you're having the slide up for a short period of time. Don't make it like a photo

  • album. Don't put millions and seven pictures, and... Keep it simple. Put a single image

  • on each slide. Try and pick images that you actually like, and not too distracting. You

  • don't want puppy dogs and things. Make something simple, but something that you like, and make

  • sure it looks nice.

  • The next one you have to worry about is the lettering. So, the lettering, you also might

  • know this as the font. So, font and lettering are the same. One thing that you do not want

  • to do is have really fancy or beautiful lettering. Simply... The reason is some people can't

  • read when the letters are fancy, especially if you are doing presentations for people

  • whose... Do not have English as their first language, if you take the letters and you

  • write them even cursive, a lot of people have problems reading cursive. So, I suggest you

  • use something more traditional. There's lots of very easy-to-read fonts you can get from

  • your... Whatever word processing you use. So, make it simple, easy to read.

  • Another problem that you might have is the script is too big or too small. So remember

  • that when you're making your presentation, you're doing it probably on your laptop, or

  • your desktop, or your iPad, or your phone, so the font or the lettering is going to be

  • different than when you put it up on the projector. So if at all possible if you can, check it

  • out before you do the presentation. Look at your... Hook up your laptop or whatever, and

  • see if you can actually see it on the screen because the font is different. You might think

  • that on your laptop it's a good size, but when it gets on the projection screen, it's

  • tiny; or it takes up too much space and it's too big.

  • Next up are the words or the text. So, there's been studies done on how many lines of text

  • a human can absorb or understand, and any more than six, you've lost the people. So,

  • try and keep on each slide one very simple image, with very traditional clear text, and

  • put only two or three lines on each slide. Don't put bullet points. If you have more

  • than six lines or if you have bullet points, again, we just... We just can't remember them

  • all. We just lose focus. We have something called too much information, too much info,

  • TMI. "Too much information" means that if you have more than two or three lines, we're

  • just not getting it. Our brain can't... We just can't learn it like you want us to.

  • The other one that's probably really important is the colours that you use. Now, it's fun

  • to have different colours, it helps us... As you can see on the board, it helps us create

  • contrast and highlight words, or things you think that are important, but if you have

  • different colours within one word... Can you read this word? It makes it really, really

  • difficult to read. This word says "different", and maybe when you're watching the video at

  • home, you can't maybe see the "i" or the "e". This looks very childish. When we're kids,

  • we can make different colours and it's fun, but your presentation isn't for children.

  • It's not meant to be fun. You want to have the title and the words very easy to read.

  • You don't want them to be difficult, and you don't want to have people straining their

  • eyes to figure out what word that is.

  • I will never forget my grade 4 art teacher telling me that you can never use different

  • colours in one word. As an 8 year old, I was just taken back. I was like:

  • "Oh my god, I use different colours all the time, Mr. Riley." No. So, I remember this. Thank you, Mr. Riley,

  • if you're still out there, for teaching me this very important lesson.

  • But what you can do is you can definitely use different colour, one different colour

  • to highlight or emphasize one word. So, down here, you can use one different colour to

  • emphasize important words. So as you can see, I want you to focus on the word "one" and

  • emphasize. The other words I'm keeping black. So one different colour will really help this

  • pop out or stand out. If you use too many colours, again-sorry-we get confused. So...

  • I'm dying. Someone get me an Alka-Seltzer.

  • The last thing is you want a strong contrast of the letters from the background. So, if

  • my background colour is blue, I wouldn't want to have green lettering, because green and

  • blue are very similar colours, very similar shades, so you have to make sure that if your...

  • If you have a grey background, you want something that really stands out. You have to be careful

  • of the colours that you choose for the background and the lettering.

  • So, if you can keep these four major categories in mind when you're doing or making a presentation...

  • Colour, keep it simple. One or two different colours is fantastic.

  • Make sure the words or the text are limited to two or three major points.

  • You want to build your presentation, instead of just throwing information at people.

  • Make sure the lettering is clear, nothing crazy.

  • Make sure it's not too big, not too small. And also, make sure that you're not

  • overloading the people with pictures, because it's going to lose from your actual presentation point.

  • If you need help doing presentations, check out our videos on presentation skills at www.engvid.com.

  • Check it out on YouTube.

  • I'm out of here. Bye-bye.

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