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The Non-Designer’s Presentation Book: principles for effective presentation design by Robin Williams

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2. Get yourself organized

Some people like to jump right in to the software and start laying out the slides; others prefer to spend some time getting their thoughts organized.

I, too, love to jump right in to the software, but I have to admit that by doing so I get bogged down in what the presentation looks like much too soon and end up redesigning the whole thing several times as I add more content. So I’ve learned to control myself and get organized first.

Once you’ve got the data organized, then you can use the four guidelines in the next section to clarify the information; find relevant graphics, video, or sound; consider appropriate animation that will help reveal the information, and pull your thoughts together into a cohesive ...

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