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Good practice in presentations including design and structure. Covers group and poster presentations

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Most presentations that you see are not using PowerPoint as effectively as they could and so are not necessarily examples of good practice. Simply following the style of many presentations you see is therefore not the way to produce the best presentations that you can - at university and beyond.

Many lessons come from the world of business which is now moving away from text-rich slides full of bullet points to more visually interesting slides. Death by PowerPoint is a phrase often used to describe a presentation that is so dominated by the excessive use of PowerPoint features (bullet points, animations, complex diagrams, clip art etc) that the important content is lost and any enthusiasm or interest that the audience had for the topic is killed by the end of it.

The pages in this guide will introduce you to good practice in creating and delivering presentations which should ensure that your content is given centre stage and your audience is engaged with both you and your material.

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