Principal Investigators Association

How to Design a High-Impact PowerPoint Presentation: Insider Secrets to Make You Shine

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Rick Parmely
Webinar Formats: CD-Rom and MP4.
All formats include the PDF presentation handouts.

Length: 45 minutes

Do you want to be an effective communicator when presenting ground-breaking data that your lab produced? Are you willing to adjust your thinking from the traditional viewpoint of “a slide a minute” and “eight bullets per slide?”

What makes a scientific, data-rich presentation truly effective and unique? The answer lies in good preparation, instructor subject knowledge, and how the presentation is developed and delivered. Coupling effective presentation and content creation with outstanding data will shine new light on your project when presented at national meetings or at funding agencies. Using PowerPoint in an effective manner enhances any presentation, driving home your message and motivating listeners.

In this detail-oriented Webinar, we will explore the aspects of developing content aimed at producing PowerPoint slides that are properly formatted to achieve high-impact results. Several best practices are presented for differentiating your presentation from others. Implementing these suggestions about design, use of bullets, slide count, as well as proper referencing will communicate your message memorably and effectively.


Rick Parmely. After teaching undergraduate chemistry at West Point and Juniata College, Rick joined Restek in 1997 and currently directs their technical education program. He teaches chemistry and separation science theory through the Restek Learning Network (RLN), and coaches other RLN instructors in public speaking. He taught Public Speaking to doctoral and post-doctoral students at Yale, Columbia, and Rockefeller Universities, as part of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. Recently, Rick presented a full-day, communications workshop at The Pittsburgh Conference. With 25-plus years of teaching experience, Rick has taught science and communications courses to widely diverse audiences, including NATO officials, technicians at the U.N. Pesticides Laboratory in Austria, and scientists at the University of Nairobi.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • Suggestions for minimizing the number of words on each slide
  • Determining effective use of bulleted lists
  • Color and font styles that are effective in PowerPoint presentations
  • Reasons for minimizing the number of slides
  • Comparative looks at good and poor slide construction from effective presenters

Who Should Attend:

Any who must develop and deliver compelling and effective presentations using PowerPoint. PIs, post-docs, and graduate students presenting data-rich content at any type of event, from national meetings to group project review meetings, will benefit from this presentation.


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