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Tips for Giving a Memorable Presentation, Part IV: Using and Composing PowerPoint Slides

Harolds, Jay A. MD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e3182614219
From the American College of Nuclear Medicine

Abstract: Visual aids such as PowerPoint slides can be helpful or deleterious to the quality of the talk, depending on how they are done and how they are used. This article will discuss ways to optimize the composition of PowerPoint presentations. This includes the appropriate composition of word slides and the use of the right font size and style of letters. It also includes tips in the use of color, special effects, and graphs. Pointers on how to properly anonymize patient images are also given.

From the Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Received for publication May 23, 2012; and revision accepted May 23, 2012.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Jay A. Harolds, MD, Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Advanced Radiology Services, PC, 3264 N Evergreen Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. E-mail: harolds112@cox.net.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.