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-title: Practical Tips for Creating Great Slides
+title: Practical tips for creating great slides
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@@ -22,15 +22,19 @@ of the audience.
No, really. If you need notes, put them on paper cards, or in the presenter view in your presenter software.
The audience will read ahead of you, and then will go straight to their email.
-## Use Code Carefully
+Instead, reduce the text on the slide to just the theme of what you are speaking about.
+If you can get away with it, just use one word. Or even better, an image.
-Code is tricky. It requires context. A point made in code generally requires a fair amount of it.
+## Use code carefully
+
+Code is tricky. It requires context. <!-- A point made in code generally requires a fair amount of it. -->
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theophani Jun 24, 2012

Hey @kytrinyx: I decided to comment out "A point made in code generally requires a fair amount of it" since it isn't entirely clear to me what you mean by it, but didn't want to hold up publishing this post just to discuss this one line. Feel free to re-work and re-add, since I think the point you are hinting at is a good one.

A few things to note:
* Use as big a font as you can get away with
* Go with dark text on light background
* Use syntax highlighting
+* Simplify your sample until only the absolute minimum is left
If you take screenshots, make sure you can make the image large enough without getting fuzzy.
If you don't take screenshots, you're going to want to look into something that creates syntax highlighted
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## Resources
-[Better Presentation Slides (video)](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO0cM48LliI)
+* [Better Presentation Slides (video)](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO0cM48LliI)
A lightning talk by Shane Becker (@veganstraightedge)
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-[Slide Design For Developers](http://zachholman.com/posts/slide-design-for-developers/)
+* [Slide Design For Developers](http://zachholman.com/posts/slide-design-for-developers/)
A blog post by Zach Holman (@holman)
-
-[Improve Your Technical Slides](http://nubyonrails.com/articles/improve-your-technical-slides)
+* [Improve Your Technical Slides](http://nubyonrails.com/articles/improve-your-technical-slides)
Excellent tips about colors, fonts, and using code.
+* [5 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People](http://vimeo.com/44267609)
+5 minute video by Dr. Weinschenk, including tips on how to use slides.
+* Add your advice! [Make a pull request](https://github.com/janl/waaa)
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