Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid In PowerPoint Presentations: PowerPoint Tips

April 12, 2009

in Tools & Extras

We have already mentioned few great tips in our earlier post on how to reduce presentation size and to create a great PowerPoint presentation. Now in this post we will let you know about top 5 mistakes in PowerPoint presentations which you must try to avoid.
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1: Never use complicated/typical fonts like corbel, erasbd, consolas, etc because the computer on which you will be giving your presentation might not have the recent PowerPoint version, therefore it would not support those typical fonts. So to be on a safer side always use Times new roman or Arial font.

2: Always carry you presentation files in your pen drive. Though there are lots of presentation hosting services like and others, there is no surity about a good internet connection in the presentation room, it may be very slow or may not be present at all.

3: Carry Microsoft PowerPoint viewer 2007 with you always because the PowerPoint version on the computer on which you have to run your presentation might be older than what you have on your own PC on which you have created your presentation. So just download free PowerPoint 2007 viewer and transfer it to your flash drive and carry it with yourselve.

4: Presentation rooms could be large, so always use bigger fonts otherwise it would not be visible to backbenchers. Minimum recommended font size in presentation slides is around 24-points.

5: Generally PC’s get into a power saving mode on 5-10 minutes of inactivity and this is quite common in laptops. So make sure you turn off this feature. You can turn it off by changing your battery settings. Also one more pitfall that worths a mention is that you should turn off your IM’s and screensavers (especially) otherwise they would make your serious presentation a funny one.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mike April 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Great info man, thanks for sharing!


2 Mayank April 13, 2009 at 1:34 am

Very smart tips especially the third one.


3 Sumit April 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Thanks buddy for sharing this!


4 admin April 15, 2009 at 12:32 am

@Sumit, You’re Welcome


5 Presentation Skills October 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Hi, some good tips there.

We’ve actually been looking recently at how NOT to present using PowerPoint on our blog! You can see our article here:-

It’s also known as the PowerPoint Comedy Show.

Let’s know what you think of it.


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