A Few Rules for Good Presentations

I am currently watching a course at lynda.com on Design 101 Presentation, taught by John McWade.. Everyone who gives PowerPoint presentations should watch this course. A fdw of his rules are:

1. If you are presenting in a light room, it is best to use black type on a white background.
2. If you are presenting in a dark room, use white type on a black background,
3. Forget pre-made templates. They are often pretty, but they are useless and distracting.
4. Always use type that is large enough to be read in the back of your room. I never use type smaller than 28 point.
5. Use one typeface, preferably a sans-serif font. Avenir, Myriad Pro, and Gotham are good. Use medium weight type.
6. If you want to use a serif font, Baskerviille, Century, and Garamond work well.

Reflector 2

Reflector is a software application that performs like a wireless mirroring and streaming receiver. It works with both Macintosh and Android devices. “Mirror your content to the big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo applications or present from the palm of your hand. Even send your screens directly to YouTube for others to watch live. Everything you do on your device can be wirelessly sent to Reflector!.’ 

This is not a product endorsement. I have not downloaded and tried out this product, I will report on it when I do. 


“SlideIdea is another tool that allows teachers and students to make presentations come alive. The tool allows users to embed polls, annotate slides, and add audio recordings over images or text on a slide. “The thing about iPads and iPhones is they have cameras and microphones so we should use them,” Luhtala said. “The idea is to embed the world you are experiencing in your presentation.” This app is free.”