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With a little bit of knowledge, some great resources and some practice, you can drastically improve your presentations, making you more at-ease in front of an audience, and making the experience more enjoyable for them as well.
Here are some general resources to get you started:
SlideShare is a forum where you can upload and share your own presentation slides, as well as view others. It's a great site for techniques and inspiration for your slides.
http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/slides.html (Assertion-Evidence Slide Design)
Developed by Dr. Michael Alley at Penn State University, the Assertion-Evidence slide design model is especially useful for research presentations.
Garr Reynolds’ blog, “Presentation Zen” is one of the best. Read it regularly.
"People learn better from words and pictures than from words alone." This is the Multimedia Principle articulated by Dr. Richard Mayer, UC-Santa Barbara, after years of research. For a more effective presentation, minimize your use of text on your slides and add high-quality images. Here are some of my favorite resources for free images: