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BUS5 268: Managing Across Cultures

A guide to help with your international business research

Presentation Practice Room

Create your presentation in our Presentation Practice Room! Located on the lower level of King Library, the presentation room has everything you need to practice and record your presentation. Bring your own device or borrow one of ours. Includes a greenscreen for background images. 

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Giving a Presentation

Some Specifics for Your PowerPoint Presentation


  • Use font size no smaller than 24 point.
  • Clearly label each screen. Use a larger font (35-45 points) or different color for the title.
  • Avoid italicized fonts as they are difficult to read quickly.
  • No more than 6-8 words per line
  • For bullet points, use the “6 x 6 Rule.” One thought per line, with no more than 6 words per line and no more than 6 lines per slide
  • Use dark text on light background or light text on dark background. However, dark backgrounds sometimes make it difficult for some people to read the text.
  • Do not use all caps (except for titles).
  • To test the font, stand back six feet from the monitor and see if you can read the slide.

Graphics and Design

  • Keep the background consistent and subtle.
  • Use only enough text when using charts or graphs to explain the concept.
  • Clearly label the graphic.
  • Keep the design clean and uncluttered. Leave empty space around the text and graphics.
  • Use quality clipart and use it sparingly. The graphic should relate to and enhance the topic of the slide.
  • Try to use the same style graphics throughout the presentation (e.g., cartoons, photographs)
  • Limit the number of graphics on each slide.
  • Avoid flashy graphics and noisy animation effects unless they relate directly to the slide.


  • Limit the number of colors on a single screen.
  • Use no more than four colors on one chart.

General Presentation

  • Check the spelling and grammar.
  • Do not read the presentation. Practice the presentation so you can speak from bullet points. The text should be a cue for the presenter rather than a message for the viewer.
  • It is often more effective to have bulleted points appear one at a time so the audience listens to the presenter rather than reading the screen.
  • Do not turn your back on the audience. Try to position the monitor so you can speak from it.

Adapted from:

Bankerd, Kathy. “How to Optimize Projection Technology: Using Fonts, Graphics, and Color to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Presentation.” Syllabus. November/December 1997.

Bird, Linda. “Avoid the Mistakes of PowerPoint Rookies.” Smart Computing. January 2001.

Brown, David G. “PowerPoint-Induced Sleep.” Syllabus. January 2001.