Standardized, easy to understand data slides can help your audience to grasp your talk and internalize your message. They can also make your audience feel smart, because they can determine the take-home message of your slide before you mention it. My previous post looked at how to effectively use text on presentation slides. Here we’ll look at a few other features of a good slide-based presentation.
I recently attended Sean Georgi’s dissertation defense at the University of Washington. Sean’s work features gorgeous multi-color fluorescent images and really interesting data on retinal development. Here I want to highlight three tools that Dr. Georgi used during his talk to enhance audience understanding. I've pointed out several of these features on one of Sean's slides, shown on the left.