Jan 31, 2019
In this episode we will explore ways teachers and trainers can
improve their presentations (specifically, how they can improve
their slides, we will save the communication aspect for another
This episode considers presentation slides as just one of a
teacher or trainer’s teaching tools. If you use a presentation in
every teaching session, or you are overly reliant on them, I
encourage you to try a session without a presentation and see how
it goes (after you’ve listened to this episode, of course!)
1. Consistent Design
- Set up a master slide so your design is consistent.
- Choose a colour scheme.
- Aim to create a stylish, aesthetically pleasing document.
2. Careful Image Use
- Do not use copyrighted image - especially those with
- Choose age-appropriate images.
- Further reading:
3. Pay Attention to Fonts
- Pick a readable font (I favour sans-serif - it’s easier to read
and looks more modern).
- If using a white background, opt for grey text to reduce
- Use a maximum of two fonts - one for headings and one for
- Avoid underlining text as this can make it more difficult to
4. Avoid Text Heavy Slides
- Your slide text should be a prompt.
- Use speaker’s notes for more detailed text.
5. Use Shortlinks
- To avoid cluttered slides shorten all links.
- I recommend the link shortener Bitly but alternatives are
6. Embed Video
- In Google Slides INSERT > VIDEO (direct link to
- Exiting the presentation looks clunky and wastes time.
7. Minimal Animation
- I don’t use animation.
- It wastes time and is distracting.
8. Use Audience Participation
- If you use Google Slides, experiment with their audience
- Alternatively, use a back channel tool.
- Further reading:
9. Use QR Codes to Share the Presentation
- Instead of giving paper handouts consider sharing the
presentation electronically (if your organisation has sufficient
tech to do so).
- Share using a shortlink and QR code.
- My favourite QR
10. Use GIFs
- Moving images can make slides more interesting and also inject
a little fun into a dry subject.
- GIFs can sometimes be a good replacement for video if you are
demonstrating something simple e.g. a short series of mouse moves
on a computer.
- I use GIPHY for
finding fun GIFs and Cloud App for creating my
I hope you enjoyed this episode. Please check out my new book,
The Productive Teacher at theproductiveteacherbook.com.