How to Use Powerpoint

Powerpoint is a great professional tool that allows you to share ideas and collaborate with others in a manner that portrays your own expertise, as well as that of our organization.

Here, you will find resources on using Powerpoint and the importance of professional public speaking.

Northeast Rehabilitation has a pre-built Powerpoint template for your use. For questions and concerns, please contact your team leader or marketing.

Please see the Visual and Content Style Guide for proper color usage and design techniques.

Download Northeast Rehab’s Powerpoint Template



Dartmouth’s Guide to using Powerpoints

  • Use only one message per slide. If you have more than one message, add a slide.
  • Limit the amount of text on each slide – no one wants to read a JAMA article during your presentation.
  • Use only elements that add to the content of the message. Use graphics that clearly support your message. Good graphics can significantly add to learning, bad graphics can confuse and distract your audience.
  • Maintain a consistent design with regard to colors, font styles, and graphics.
  • You might use a formal typeface like Palatino and a symmetrical layout for a serious issue.
  • Have a beginning, a middle and an end. Tell your audience what you are going to tell them, tell it, and then summarize it.

Try this – Write your last slide first – if you don’t know where you are going, it is unlikely you will be able to get there. Plan your conclusion first; know what you want to convey. Make the rest of your slides lead to and support the final result.

Creating Presentations


  • Who is the audience
  • What do they know about the material
  • What do you want them to learn
  • Where will the presentation take place & under what conditions

Slide Design

  • Each slide should address a single concept
  • Slides should follow a logical progression, each building on the other
  • Use no more than six lines of text on any one slide
  • Use upper and lower case text, NOT all caps
  • Choose a color appropriate to the mood you want to convey
  • Avoid using too many colors (maximum of 5)
  • Use photographs to help the audience relate slide information to real world situations (keep in mind that if you use an outside source it is under copyright and permission to use it must be granted)


  • Dark Blue to project a stable, mature message – has a calming effect
  • Red or Orange to trigger excitement or an emotional response
  • Green to make audience comfortable
  • Yellow to get audience attention quickly (more so than any other color)
  • Gray to promote the idea of “quality”
  • White to project honesty/sincerity
  • Black is not appealing to most viewers