Microsoft's PowerPoint application is a powerful tool for creating multimedia presentations. With clip art, fancy fonts, animations, charts, graphics, sound, and an array of dazzling color schemes, it is all too easy to make the equivalent of a Hollywood flop and lose your message in the medium.
Here are some basic thoughts that might help you create effective presentations.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Try this - Write your last slide first - if you don't know where you are going, it is unlikely you will be able to get there. Plan your conclusion first; know what you want to convey. Make the rest of your slides lead to and support the final result.
To keep an audience focused, use dark colors for background and lighter colors for text and illustrations. The eye is naturally drawn to lighter areas and lighter and warmer colored objects appear closer than dark objects.
Microsoft Office Template Gallery - https://templates.office.com/en-us/Themes
Presentation Pro http://www.presentationpro.com/
Steve's PowerPoint FAQ http://www.pptfaq.com/index.html
PowerPoint for Macintosh- Zip file of tutorials and videos (100MB) http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/7/F/A7F9018D-3B23-4EDA-A554-A128C74C366C/PowerPoint_2011_Training.zip
PowerPoint for Windows - Getting Started https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Basic-tasks-in-PowerPoint-2010-35308dfb-792d-400a-b69a-1188b019c66a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Effects - Example slide effects with instructions https://support.office.microsoft.com/en-us/article/Free-professionally-designed-templates-for-PowerPoint-2010-0bfa4297-1135-455f-8468-a3993a18802d?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US#__toc263322041
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire http://www.uwec.edu/Help/office/powerpoint-win2010.htm
Florida Gulf Coast University http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/ppt/index.asp
Indezine PowerPoint Tutorials http://www.indezine.com/products/powerpoint/learn/
Links to Workshop Slides
Advanced PowerPoint http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/biomed/guides/docs/Adv-PowerPoint-WKSP.pptx
PowerPoint Tips and Tricks http://www.dartmouth.edu/~biomed/workshops/PPT-Fac-Seminar.pptx
Last Updated: 6/18/15