- Use Keynote or Powerpoint. Make your slides in Keynote or Powerpoint. If you are using special fonts, you may send us the pdf version to preserve the fonts. Prepare your slides with 16:9 aspect ratio (1920 x 1080).
- Utilize presenter notes. Keynote and Powerpoint both offer a presenter view feature. Whether you’re in a breakout room or the Plenary Hall, you may use a presenter view. In breakout rooms, there is a podium with the MacBook computer that can be used to show your notes in the presenter view. In Plenary Hall, one of the confidence monitors is capable of showing your presenter view while the other shows what the audience is viewing.
- Make a consistent theme and look. Your whole slide deck is a representation of one single story, each slide should look like (feel like) part of the same story. Use the same fonts, colors, and imagery across all slides. Using the pre-built templates is fine, but choose the simple ones that easy on the eyes.
- Use more visual representation instead of text. Too many words on your slide can distract your audience, they’d have to divide their attention between reading the words on the screen and listening to your speech. An effective way of reducing the text in your slides is using bullet points.
- Reproduce simple graphs and charts. Dropping an image of a graph or a chart into your slide is fine, but the borders and different typography make it looks out of place. Instead, try to reproduce the simple graph or chart, you’ll have the control over typography, colors and more.
- No brand name pharmaceuticals or products or any “call to action” should appear on your presentation. Medicine X community started to spark new ideas in health care, your audience is expecting a new idea, a new perspective, not a sell pitch. We want to hear about how your company or product is solving a problem in our industry and make sure your slides are reflecting that, not an advertisement for your product. We have a strict policy of “no selling is allowed from the stage.”
- Transitions and effects shouldn’t be used. Prezi, Keynote and Powerpoint all come with a lot of effects and transitions. Most of these effects neither direct nor enhance the audience experiences. To some extent, the flashy effects may suggest that the content of your slides is not interesting enough that a flip or flame transition is necessary to catch the attention of audience. If you must use them, go easy, use a simple one and keep it consistent.
- Do not embed any content that requires internet access to open. Attach the original files into your slides to ensure it opens and plays on-time and smoothly. Opening a YouTube video or any online content that relies on internet connection to load, will create a few seconds gap during your presentation.
- For videos, don’t use autoplay. Set your video to “click to play,” instead. Autoplay requires higher processing power, and is often delayed. We’ve seen presenters re-click in an attempt to play the video, causing the slide to proceed to the next slide instead.