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Summer Enrichment Program: Creating a Presentation

This guide should help you start your research on health disparities in Massachusetts.

Powerpoint Tips

PowerPoint slides are the visual aid to your presentation, not the presentation itself. Make them clear and interesting.

Further slide tips:

  • Unify your presentation through its design - font, colors, layout (If you want to use a PowerPoint template, customize it)
  • Keep text to a minimum on each slide
  • The fewer PowerPoint animations used the better
  • Video and audio can be excellent additions to a presentation 
  • Choose charts wisely- does your message come across easily

You can make your excel charts more attractive by removing chart "junk". Here's how:

You can find more slide tips from Garr Reynolds at 

Citation Tips

Use the format you know best, such as APA or MLA. If you use a citation manager like Refworks (available through UMassMed), Mendeley, or Zotero (both are free), the software will format your citations for you. To check the formatting or if you want to do it by hand, the Purdue OWL has extensive guides for APA and MLA formats.

The best technique for citing references in your slides is outlined in these attribution guidelines.

Visual Design Tools

Paletton is a great tool for choosing a color scheme and testing out a scheme for different gradients of vision.


If a picture is the focal point of your visual design, you can use an image color picker such as or to discover the code for the matching color in your image.


Another great resource for public health images besides Google Images is the Public Health Image Library.

Public Health Image Library

Presenting Tips

Just remember your ABC's-- be Audible, be Brief, and Connect with your audience.

  • Be prepared. Practice makes perfect.
  • Start strong and end strong.
  • Breath. Use silence to your advantage to emphasize a point and gather your thoughts. 

‚ÄčMore tips from Toastmasters can be found at: 


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