The font choices you make are as important as the clothes you decide to wear. For example, no matter how nice the suit a person is wearing, your impression of them could be ruined if they’re wearing dirty, beat-up sneakers. Your typography may only be 10% of your presentation deck, but it’ll have a major impact on how your audience absorbs the information you’re giving them.
1. Try to use safe typefaces.
Just like your favorite everyday shoes, there are some typefaces that will always be safe to use in a presentation. These fonts are always clear, legible and will not distract the audience from the content of your presentation. Try using fonts like Lucida Grande, Helvetica, Georgia or Palatino.
2. Use decisive contrast.
If you need to use multiple typefaces (in order to make certain key words or phrases in your presentation stand out), use fonts that have large, contrasting differences. Note, however, that not all different typefaces will work well together. There are some that look quite nice when they are in tandem. Try figuring out which fonts have similar x-height or stroke weight, or make your life easier by using this site: https://www.canva.com/font-combinations/
3. Avoid using wild typefaces.
Just like your outfit, if everything is too wild, people will just end up staring at you; rather than listening to what you have to say. So, apply that same thought to your presentation deck. If all your fonts are too wild, people will just spend their time looking at the deck, instead of absorbing the content. Use wild fonts as your headers, but not for the entire thing.
As you continue to make your presentation decks, you’ll start to figure out which fonts work best for your audience, and which ones look best with each other. Whichever font you choose, always make sure you remain confident during your presentation.
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Group works can be tricky, as it relies on a smart and even distribution of work among the members. Assigning speakers for the presentation would heavily depend on exactly that: the work each member has done during the entire course of the group work. We have a few tips you can do:
1. Discuss the goals and tasks.
Before attacking the project, it would be best to meet up and discuss what you want to come out of this project-presentation. (i.e. How good of a grade do you want to get from this? How different do you want to stand out from all the other groups?, etc.) Once this is accomplished, you can then move on to the tasks needed to be done for the presentation to achieve its goal, and assign them accordingly. Whatever you are assigned to, would then be what you shall be discussing on the day of the presentation.
2. Know the strengths and weaknesses of each member.
It would be beneficial for the members to divulge their strengths and weaknesses in terms of handling a project-presentation. For example, there are some people who are good in writing, but are scared of public speaking, and others who aren’t confident in their writing, but are comfortable in speaking in public. A good division of workload then, would be to have the public speaker, write less but talk more during the actual presentation. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each member will help everyone be comfortable in the course of the group work.
3. Meet up a day before the presentation.
To avoid any mishaps during the presentation day, meet up with your group the day before and practice your presentation. This helps you figure out any mistakes you may be making, as well as pointing out things that you, and your group mates could work on.
4. Familiarize yourself with the entire presentation.
In case a member suddenly forgets any crucial information, or gets stage fright on the day of the presentation, it would be advisable for everyone to be familiar with the entirety of the presentation and be able to step in if needed. Group works need not be stressful as long as you know how to go about them. Learn more about this, as well as the Art of the Pitch at JRP.