Slide Preparation Guidelines
This article outlines our presentation slide guidelines for speakers.
- Slide #1 – Presentation Title (including your name and institution)
- Slide #2 – Disclosure Statement
- List all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months to your session
- Example: Speakers Bureau - Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb
- If no financial relationships exist, put the following on the slide: “I have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.”
- If you include your academic institution logo, only place it on the Slide #1 – Presentation Title and/or Slide #2 – Disclosure Statement
- Slide #3 – Evidence-based medicine (EBM) or Key References
- List three (3) references supporting the key points of your talk
- This is separate from any footnotes or bibliography that you may include
- Final slide (optional) – Links and Resources
- You are encouraged to include links to resources at the end of your slides because attendees use the information in their practices or research
- Your handouts and resources should:
- Reiterate the essentials of your talk (e.g. clinical pearls)
- Follow your presented slides closely
Do not include product/brand names or logos in your presentation. However, institution logos (i.e., non-PhRMA related logos such as university names, associations and government agencies) are allowed in the body of your presentation. If it is necessary to reference a commonly used brand name or product, the scientific or generic name should be referenced next to it, e.g., Acetaminophen (Tylenol).
There may not be any for-profit and or ineligible company logos. The following logos are permitted: hospital, school, association, non-profit, government agency, journal. You can also put the name of a for-profit and or ineligible company as text.
Typically the number of slides should not exceed the total number of allotted minutes to speak (not including a title slide and acknowledgements).
- ACR has provided an optional PowerPoint template for your use; see the attached template at the bottom of this page
- Slides should remain in the template’s widescreen, 16:9 format
- Fonts should be readable without magnification (no smaller than 18 point and preferably using 24 point as configured in the template)
- Keep it simple:
- Avoid using too much text; express ideas in as few words as possible
- Convey only one main idea per slide
- Use several simple slides instead of one complex slide to convey points
- Use white space for extra impact
- Use bold, italics, underline, and bullets for emphasis
- Avoid all caps, which can be difficult to read
- Avoid long columns, figures, or tables that are illegible on a smaller screen
- Use the color scheme and fonts built into the template provided
- Make sure slide orientation is landscape and NOT portrait
- Minimize the use of builds, animated transitions, or videos
- These will not have the same impact in a web stream and can appear blocky and distorted to the viewer
- It is the responsibility of the speaker to ensure that copyright laws have not been violated in materials for duplication and/or presentation.
- The ACR does not assume the responsibility of acquiring permissions.
- Resource: When you Don't Need Permission to Use Another Owner's Trademarks
Save your slides in one of the following formats:
- PowerPoint 2013 or later (*.pptx format is preferred)
- Mac presentations in keynote format must be converted to PowerPoint
- The ACR encourages the dissemination of educational content to benefit others
- Our presenters have the right to request no photographs during their session and can:
- Announce this directly to attendees, and/or
- Include an icon to indicate their preference (click the image below to download)
- If permitted, photos must be captured in a non-disruptive manner so as not to disturb the presenter and attendees and should be for personal, non-commercial use
- Flash photography, video recording, and live streaming of any Education Exchange materials, including posters, exhibits and all presentations, are strictly prohibited