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ANUR 2323 - Pediatric Nursing

PowerPoint Tips

PowerPoint Design Tips

  • Use a sans serif font for the body text of your slide. Fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, or Calibri are easier to read
  • Only use decorative fonts for slide headers and then only if they’re easy to read. Decorative fonts can be hard to read and should be reserved only for large headlines at the top of the page.
  • Put dark text on a light background
  • Align text left or right. Centered text is harder to read. It will look better and be easier to follow on the left or right.
  • Avoid clutter. Only include a headline, a few bullet points, and maybe an image on each slide. Anything more text than that will overwhelm your audience and distract them from listening to you.

The 10-20-30 Rule

  • 10 slides - map out your main ideas; your audience will probably not even remember more than ten points from your presentation.
  • 20 minutes total - that's no more than 2 minutes per slide; be efficient when speaking and focus on the most important points.
  • 30 point font - use less text to summarize (not explain) your main points; this makes slide easier to understand and see.

These are guidelines, not rules - you should always follow the directions provided by your instructor.

Making an Educational Pamphlet

Microsoft Publisher allows you to design flyers, pamphlets, posters, and more. With Publisher, you can change the page layout and design. It is a better tool for creating these types of work than Microsoft Word, which mainly supports text composition.

Publisher is available on all library computers, and all students and faculty can download the full Microsoft Office suite including Publisher on their personal computers. See the SOWELA website for more details about how to access and download Microsoft Office.

Watch this quick tutorial on how to use Microsoft Publisher.

You also have the option of using applications other than Microsoft Publisher. Here are some alternative platforms and tips for using them.