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Multimedia presentations – good preparation

Dense text and bold colours are the first two steps to catastrophic presentation. The preparation of good quality material requires reflection and awareness of how we are perceived. Does a good multimedia presentation really mean expressing affection for colours and bombarding with words?

There are a few general principles that should be followed when working on a project that we want to share with others. Regardless of the assumptions and objectives which we will determine!

How to prepare a good multimedia presentation?

The worst mistake you can make is to place a text on the presentation that the author reads loudly during the display. Especially if it concerns any multifaceted definitions. Texts and images placed on slides are primarily intended to help the author – to preserve chronology, remember certain threads, etc. – but also to help the author to keep the text and images on slides. The principle “less means more” is the most important – the recipients assimilate graphics, tables, charts or photographs much better than the text they have to listen to from the author’s lips at the same time.

If we already publish some words – let’s give the audience time to read and continue the presentation at the same time – by quoting examples, anecdotes, stories, other content. What we say must refer to what is at the presentation, but it is not supposed to be a duplication of information.

Visual aspects are also very important, especially the background – light colours with dark fonts are the most desirable and professional. It is not recommended to use decorative fonts, because for obvious reasons they affect the legibility of the material. It makes sense to use bold, underline and colour individual phrases in red if you want to accentuate something. However, we must be moderate and remember that exaggeration will have a kitschy effect.

The exclusion of all spelling, stylistic and punctuation errors is essential. Spelling mistakes happens to everyone, but it is likely that it will not be forgotten. When pasting photos, quotations, films or any multimedia files, you should remember to specify the source. It is the same with every piece of information – what do we base the presented content on? What research do they apply to? From which book does the book come? Stating the sources testifies to professionalism and reliability. It is also an inspiration for people interested in the subject.

Less is more

The rule “less is more” does not always apply to the length of the presentation. It can consist of several dozen slides and at the same time remain very well prepared, simple and coherent form. While working on the material, it’s simply worth focusing on choosing the essence and rejecting what’s not necessary. Many things can be added, postponed or omitted. Ambitions often make the presented project seem as if the author wanted to convey all his knowledge on a certain subject – and unfortunately not in a nutshell! Although a multimedia presentation overloaded with information can bring satisfaction to the speaker himself, it will have the opposite – disappointing effect on the audience.

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