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This guide provides instruction on how to create PowerPoint presentations. Topics include design principles, concise writing, use of images, and APA style.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Here are a few steps to practice before your presentation:

  • Practice by yourself (in front of the mirror). Practice using vocal variation, breath, hand gestures, and body language for emphasis. 
  • Assess yourself and make adjustments. (Are you making frequent eye contact with your audience? Are you reading from your cards? Are you within the allotted time limit? Is your content interesting and presented in a way that will hold your listeners' attention?)
  • Use keywords on your note cards to help you remember your talking points. (Do not write out detailed sentences on your note cards. This may cause you to read from your cards.)
  • Practice in front of your family, friends, other students or colleagues and ask for constructive feedback. (What went well? What could be improved? Are your slides easy to read and helpful for your audience to understand your presentation?)
  • Be aware of time limits. Time yourself each time you practice your presentation and make adjustments when necessary.
  • Anticipate any possible questions that may arise from your audience and practice delivering answers to questions with a practice audience (perhaps friends and family).