Resources for Presenters
Presenting at the ALA Virtual Event?
The tips and tools below can help you make the most of your presentation.
Tips to Make Your Virtual Presentations Accessible
Choose fonts that are easy to read (sans-serif fonts, like Arial, Verdana, Calibri, etc.) and make sure text is large (minimum 14 pt) and has good color contrast. Use Webaim’s color contrast checker to check exact shade combinations.
Ensure your slides are uncluttered and consider using images to help explain concepts.
Include alternative text and image descriptions on all images.
Be sure to describe images verbally, especially when using charts and graphs that may be more difficult to read.
Any supplementary video materials should include captioning whenever possible.
Do not use flashing or strobing animations in a presentation or other materials. If using a presentation software that includes motion (like Prezi), be sure to inform viewers ahead of time.
Speakers should use a headset whenever possible to improve audio quality and reduce background noise.
Make sure the speaker’s face is well-lit and can be clearly seen.
Mute any attendees not speaking to keep background noise to a minimum.
In a discussion setting, speakers should say their name every time they speak, so captioners and attendees know who is talking.
Repeat audience questions aloud before answering them.
Be inclusive of all attendees by avoiding jargon, slang, and assumed knowledge.
Virtual Presenter Quick Tips
Accessibility Tips from Microsoft
- Accessibility Checker
- Create Accessible PDFs: Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio, or Word
- Accessible PowerPoint Presentations