Chapter 1 Tweaking presentations
Wondering if your power point presentation will put your audience to sleep or not? The first chapter to the book "They snooze you lose,” gives you insight on how you are able to tweak your power point presentation to make it more exciting to view as well as listen to. The author, Lynell Burmark, states that when creating a power point presentation you must take careful consideration to the following points: template, color, and type. The template to the power point presentation will give a first impression as your audience glances at your slide to engage them to what is to come. Therefore, a template must support the information on the slide not overwhelm the viewer with excessive elements. When placing these elements on the template keep in mind that we are trained to read from left to right, so our eyes will be drawn to the left side of the slide. This insight of knowledge will help to create slides that will be useful and inviting for viewers to follow along. As you develop your slides you must also take color palette into consideration which will help the viewer comprehend and retain the information. In this book it is recommended to use cool colors for the background and text of the template like blue and green because they are considered calming and pleasant to the eye. On the other hand, it also mentions that warm colors could also be considered to use in the templates like the colors red and yellow if the subject matter is dangerous and caution must be taken by the audience. In order to keep the audience interested in your power point there must be consistency throughout the slides with the color of your choice. Finally, the chapter talks about the type which focuses on the amount of words used on each slide as well as color and layout used to display the font of the text. “As John Medina likes to point out, the average PowerPoint slide contains forty words.” When considering font size and color it is recommended that you take into consideration the audience size and room arrangement. By previewing the presentation you will be able to tweak and achieve good visibility even for the people that sit in the back of the room. In conclusion, this chapter has shown me that by taking inconsideration small details in the power point the audience can go away with a good learning experience.
1 Medina, John, Brain Rules, p.239.