When creating a PowerPoint presentation, limit the number of words on each screen, using key phrases to summarize essential information. Don't overuse punctuation symbols, and mix upper case letters with lower case letters. Use builds only when necessary.
Use PowerPoint's Slide Master to create the template for your slides. The design of the slides should be basic and simple so that it doesn't distract your audience. Choose a font type and size that is easily readable. Maintain the same font type and size for all the slides. In all your slides, leave room for highlights such as images, tips and take-home messages.
Use contrasting colors for the text and background to enhance readability. If you don't know what colors to apply, use ColorBlender to get a blend of up to six colors. Although animations can clarify points and decorate your slides, overusing them distracts audiences and makes presentations appear very informal. Use transition animations and special effects such as sounds very sparingly, such as on the take-home message. Avoid using text animations such as fly-ins.
Insert high-quality images that complement your presentation. The quality of the images should be high so that they maintain their clarity when projected on a larger screen. Keep copyrights in mind if you plan to use images from the Internet.