Now that you’ve finished your written proposal, you are ready to create a PowerPoint presentation based on it. This should not be a reproduction of your proposal; rather it is to share information about your proposal with your instructor.
PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines
To create your Final Course Project PowerPoint Presentation, you should not copy and paste large sections of text from your written proposal. A PowerPoint presentation is different from a written report. Your slides should include only the main points from your proposal, and these main points should be condensed into short phrases and explanations. Your PowerPoint presentation should include the following elements: The presentation should include 9-10 slides, including the Title Slide. It is important to ensure your instructor can follow your presentation and understand what you are communicating. You will not be recording your voice; you will be giving your instructor your script directly on the slides themselves and in the dialog box.
The presentation should include:
- Title Slide
- Purpose Statement Slides
- Audience Slides
- Problem Slides
- Original and Creative Solution Slides
- Visuals that enhance your presentation
Your title slide should include the following:
- An appropriate title for your proposal presentation
- The name of this course (in place of the name of the company preparing the proposal)
- The author’s name
- The date of the presentation
Purpose Statement (1-2 slides)
Include the purpose statement from your project. Add a reflective statement if you think you have fulfilled the purpose of the project.
Audience (1 slide)
Your slides should explain who the audience of your proposal includes and what their needs are.
- Tell how you will overcome skepticism.
- What objections do you anticipate?
Problem Section (2-3 slides)
Just as you did in the written proposal, you must prove that a serious problem exists. You may want to answer these questions about your problem:
- How long has the problem existed?
- Is it worse now? Why?
- What are some relevant statistics?
- What are other people doing to solve similar problems?
Original and Creative Solution Section (2-3 slides)
Your slides should briefly outline the change you propose and want approved. Your solution should be directly related to the problem you just documented and be appropriate to the audience you’ve described.
Again, please remember that PowerPoint slides should use short phrases and explanations, not complete paragraphs from your written proposal. You should consider using visuals in this section if you cite numerical data to support your plan.
In the overall format of your PowerPoint slides, please use the following guideline:
- Use an appropriate design template. Assume that your presentation will be given in a “bright” room (with the lights on).
The following resources may help you as you create your PowerPoint and cite your sources:
A Word on Visuals…
Make sure your visuals explain, support, or enhance your presentation. Do not use visuals simply as decoration.