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Presentations in Medicine & Science: 4. Present Slides

Resources to help assist you make good presentations in different formats. Posters and oral presentations

Present Slides

Philosophy of a SlideFflow

Element 4               


Characteristics of any Good Slide

  • A title this is a declarative statement
    • Key finding, a result, a statement of importance
    • Is the key piece of information that listeners remember
    • It can be used as a sign post
  • Figures should be large, clean and crisp
  • Labels and text should be clearly readable
  • Added arrows or indicators that point to difficult things to see
  • Sufficient white space
  • Helps, not hinders, the person “telling the story”


Slide Basics:

  • Backgrounds
    • White, black or dark blue
    • “Artsy” or picturesque backgrounds are distracting
  • High picture / text ratio
  • Bulleted information
    • Succinct
    • Key pieces of information
  • Consistent formatting appearance
  • Custom animation
    • Avoid unless absolutely necessary
    • Aid to making a point
  • Fonts
    • Type
      Arial, Times New Roman
      Avoid using all capitals
    • Size
      Titles- 36 to 40 pt
      Subtitles – 28 to 36 pts
      Rule of Thumb – can it be seen on the screen easily
    • Color
      Contrast with background for easy readability
      Primary colors, avoid pastels

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