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Presentation Resources

Members of the Lewis & Clark community may use the templates available through this page for presentations on or off campus. 

Using PowerPoint (or Keynote) Wisely: A Brief Guide

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Figure out whether you really need a visual aid. PowerPoint isn’t the right tool for every job. Will a slide, chart, or graph really make your information clear and memorable? If not, skip the PowerPoint. Be a dynamic and charismatic speaker and people will respond! 

Don’t just read the text of your slides out loud. Your audience can and will read on their own. Use your presentation time to explain and elaborate.

Be sure your audience can make out the contents of your slides with ease. Be kind and fight the impulse to overfill your slides. If you are struggling to make elements fit, you probably have too much information for a single slide. Break it up over two or more, and use fewer words and ideas per slide.

Practice, practice, practice your presentation. Avoid using PowerPoint as an excuse for being underprepared. You should be ready to give your presentation without slides if technical difficulty strikes.

PowerPoint and Keynote Templates

We’ve developed Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote templates that feature undergraduate, law, graduate, and institutional branding elements. Please log in with your Lewis & Clark username and password to access these files:

Undergraduate
Law
Graduate
Institutional