Keep it short
A concise presentation will keep your audience attentive and receptive.
Use one main idea per slide
Don’t encourage your audience to look ahead. Also, one main idea may be better broken down into smaller ideas over multiple slides.
Prioritize visuals over text
Simple images and graphics work best. They’re more engaging and impactful, and audiences can process them faster. Images require your elaboration and will complement your lecture, not distract from it. Don’t get drawn into reading lines of text from slides; it’s a crutch that draws focus away from where it should be: the speaker. Also, visuals are easier to swap out for last-minute changes--no rewording/typos.
Don’t read slides out loud
Using visuals prevents this mistake and will make you a better presenter. A presentation full of images forces you to better prepare to explain them.
Be concise and focused
There will be some cases in which you have to use text, like quoting an excerpt or citing some detail. If you must refer to text, use bullet points in the notes section for slideshows. Use concise phrasing instead of a script.
You are the constant focus and deliverer of the message
Slides should support you, not compete for attention.
Make good-looking slides
People are more receptive to information when it’s delivered in an attractive package. Keep your slides uncluttered, use a few matching colors, and have a consistent, balanced arrangement of content.
Your presentation is a reflection of you
Your presentation will be a success if you follow these guidelines, practice in advance, and make yourself comfortable with your content.