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Trainer’s tip: PowerPoint presentations for all learning styles


Trainer's tipLooking to put together a PowerPoint presentation with slides that cater for all learning styles and disabilities? Our trainers have some great guidelines.

Lisa Jones asked on our Any Answers forum:

I am in the process of putting together a PowerPoint presentation and know that there are rules and guidelines around how the slide can look best, in order to cover all learning styles and disabilities - such as only 20 words per slide/ always put the pictures on the left etc - but I don't know the full range. Can anyone help or point me in the right direction?

Bryan Edwards has four recommendations:

1. Six by six rule - six bullet points to a slide, and if takes more than six seconds to read it, then edit/split.
2. At least 28 point size.
3. Avoid red and green as most frequently associated with colour blindness.
4. Use maximum of three colours as a general rule.

Martin Schmalenbach recommends a book:

Shell out for a copy of 'slide:ology' by Nancy Duarte. It's bloomin' brilliant!!! It's less about PowerPoint, more about slides and visuals in general for presentations. It's not only a visual feast but chock-full of great ideas and very practical tips.

Our own features editor Susie Finch highlights a recent article:

Hopefully John Stokdyk's great article on PowerPoint tips - gleaned from the community - will give you some overall general help:
You can read it here

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