This image is from one of Dr. Bailey's books: The Practical Writer (7th edition) Body

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Your body slides carry the detailed content of your presentation.

Where do the body slides fit into the presentation?

Naturally, the body slides follow the introduction:

Location of body slides in a presentation

And each part in the body of the presentation begins with a moving blueprint slide.

Location of body slides in relation to moving blueprint slides

Tips for body slides

It's not within the scope of this Web site to go into detail on designing body slides. But here are some quick tips:

  • Use a sans serif font. The most common are Arial (for a formal tone) and Comic Sans (for an informal tone).
  • Bold everything if you're using Arial. Otherwise it looks too light when you project it. But you don't need to use bold for Comic Sans (which is a heavier typeface than Arial).
  • Use about 32-point type for titles and other text. Use slightly smaller type to label graphs, etc.
  • Use bullets instead of paragraphs. Sometimes you have to use full sentences or short paragraphs, but make those the exception.
  • Prefer images over words. Can you draw a picture of what you're saying—perhaps with a flow chart, a decision tree, or just a drawing (like the golf hole)? Why make your audience picture something if you can picture it for them?
  • Use a light background (usually white). Many colors contrast with a light background—which makes it more versatile than a dark background. Once you start using images—which usually require several colors—you'll be glad you're using a light background. That way, your image will attract the audience's attention—not your background. Consider using a colorful background for the cover and blueprint slides, if you wish.

A quiz

What's wrong with this body slide?

Quiz: What's wrong with this body slide?

See if you can find several things wrong.

Ready to see the answer?

Through with the quiz? You're ready to move on to . . .

Your next step

The next (and last!) slide in the model is the ending slide.

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