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How to make the perfect slide show?

Kahina MERBAH

Studying demands an effort to acquire knowledge, by reading, listening or making new things. Of course, you will improve your level and learn new skills. During your studies or in your professional life, you will probably have to make a lot of slide shows.

If you don’t know what it is: a slide show is a presentation of photographic slides, pictures or text on a transparent base, placed in a projector in order to be seen on a screen. The main goals of this utilisation is to give a professional aspect to your work and to attract your public in a less common way. But how to do a slide show? Are there any rules to respect? How to make a professional slide show? Here you will find some tips which will help you to make one.

On the one hand, you need a software program on your computer. The most famous is “Microsoft Power Point” (or you can use “LibreOffice Impress”). Most of the presentations are used with a background colour which helps to keep a uniform look among the slides.

On the other hand, there are some tips in order to make a professional slide show:

– Choose the subject and the problematic

– Organise the slide show: introduction, table of contents, conclusion etc.

– Adapt the slides to the type of information you want to present: titles, subsections, diagrams, comparisons etc.

– Visibility: avoid too dark backgrounds, do not overload the slides, adapt the font size etc.

– Break the monotony: vary with texts, pictures, graphics, colours etc.

– Try to add some sources

It seems easy to make a good slide show, but there are some mistakes to avoid. First of all, one idea per slide: this is the golden rule. Do not overcharge your slides and try to stay coherent during the presentation. Moreover, keep an harmony with the colours and the graphics. The slide show has to be understood by everyone.

Finally, you should let someone else verify your slide show in order to see some mistakes that you may have missed. An outside look is always beneficial, not only for a slide show. Of course, before showing the presentation to your public, be prepared. Being confident, well dressed and showing that you understand the subject will make your slide show look even more professional.

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