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25
jan

PowerPoint Tips | How to Display a Quote That Demands Attention

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Do you have a favorite quote but feel stuck on how to display it in your next PowerPoint presentation?

In this post, we will walk you through a few simple steps to take your favorite quote and display it in a way that will grab your audience’s attention.

Displaying quotes in your PowerPoint slides is a powerful technique and a great way to engage your audience. Additionally, quotes can add credibility to your story by showing the audience you have done your research.

While there are many different ways to display quotes, I’m going to share one particular method that will be sure have a powerful impact on your audience.

Step 1. Find Your Quote

The first step is to pick your quote. I personally like to share different quotes from several experts, authors or industry leaders to support my points. Be sure to choose a quote by someone who’ll enhance or at least maintain your presentations credibility. For example, if you’re speaking to business people, it might be relevant to quote Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

Also, use quotes that are short and quick reads for your audience. That way they will be more likely to grasp your key message. It can become quite tedious when a presenter reads a paragraph from a screen. Occasionally, you may need to use a long quote.  In that case, try using an ellipsis (3 dots: …) to show where you’ve cut certain words out.

If you don’t already have a quote to use, you can find quotes online very easily. Simply do a Google search with “your topic + quote.”

For this example, we’ll take a quote from famous physicist and philosopher, Albert Einstein:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” — Albert Einstein

Step 2. Add Text to Your Slide

Our second step is to add text to the slide and to arrange the text however you like. You can modify the font, background, color of text, text size, etc.  In this example, we’ve picked the font “Special Elite.” For more great looking fonts to use with your quotes check out “Font Trends For 2015.”

If there are certain keywords you want to highlight, you might want to consider making those particular words larger than the rest of the words in the quote. Using contrast in the size of the words will make the larger words jump out.

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Step 3. Add Shapes 

The next step is to first create some shapes a little bit bigger than your text. Then, place those shapes behind your text. You can play around with shapes by changing their lengths and widths. You can also rotate them at slightly different angles.

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Step 4. Add Transparent Shapes

Finally, create another set of shapes the same exact size from the previous set of shapes and make them a darker charcoal/black color. Then make these shapes transparent by adjusting the transparency to 36%. This will produce a nice shadow effect. Place these shadow-like shapes behind the first set of shapes and now you have a nice shadow effect for all the shapes on your slide.

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Conclusion

I hope that you found these PowerPoint tips useful.

Quotes need to be showcased properly in PowerPoint to make an impact. Following these tips will help you display a quote that stands out in your next presentation.

Let me ask you this …

Do you have a friend that could use some help designing some nice looking PowerPoint slides for an important presentation they have coming up? If so, make sure to send them a link to these presentation tips. I’m sure they will return the favor one day to you!

Also…

Do you think you will try these PowerPoint tips yourself? Leave me a detailed comment below! I make sure to read each and every one!

Lastly, if you found these tips helpful please share with your friends.

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03
jan

4 Ways To Make Sure Your Presentation Doesn’t Get “Robbed”

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Our newest presentation “Slide Bandits” is now available on SlideShare.

Check it out. It’s got lots of awesome presentation design tips:

Slide Bandits is the story of 4 outlaws that are out to “rob” your next presentation. However, the slide deck is packed with plenty of tips, tools, and resources to help keep your presentation on the right path. In this post we will summarize the four main learnings from the Slide Bandits presentation. Follow these presentation design tips and take your slides to the next level.

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1. Keep Your Text Short And Sweet

Use Less Text – People should be able to understand your slide in 3 seconds or less.

Make One Point Per Slide – Don’t bombard an audience with too many points all at once. Instead, spread your points out across multiple slides.

Don’t Use Boring Fonts – There are a lot of great fonts available online for download. Many of them are free. Don’t default to the standard fonts available in PowerPoint.

Play Around With Text – Your text doesn’t always have to be the same size and angle. Mix it up!

Remove Unnecessary Statistics – Complicated charts and graphs put people to sleep. Only present the key data points.

Loose The Lengthy Bullet Points – Bullet points are plain boring. If you MUST use them at least keep them to a maximum of three. Your audience won’t remember more than three points anyway.

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2. Deliver Powerful Visuals

Loose The ClipArt And Cheesy Stock Images – Use powerful images that hit people on an emotional level. There are a lot of free images available for download. Just make sure you give the authors credit if you’re using their work commercially.

Use High Resolution Images – You might have found the greatest image in the world, but if it doesn’t have good resolution don’t use it. Nobody likes viewing grainy images on screen.

Take Screenshots – Use a screenshot tool to quickly snag pictures of your product, service, or idea.

Use A Consistent Set Of Images – Make sure ALL of your images fit within a common theme.

Use Icons – Icons are a great way to make your slides visual and minimize the text on your slide.

Create a Dynamic Cover Slide – Make sure your presentation starts with a bang by creating a powerful cover slide that grabs people’s attention.

Use Textures – Textures (wood, paint, etc.) can make great backgrounds for your slides. Just make sure that your text is legible if you use them.

Make Your Own Images – If you can’t find the image you’re looking for, you can make your own using Adobe Illustrator or PowerPoint.

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3. Create an Attractive Color Scheme

Avoid Creating Rainbows – Create a color palette and stick with it. Using too many colors will make your slides look like a rainbow and your audience feel nauseous.

Use Contrast – Make sure your text is legible by picking colors that contrast one another.

Be Mindful Of A Colors Meaning – Color is emotional and conveys meaning. Make sure that the colors that you are using in your slides fits with your core message. For example, if you are talking about a serious or negative topic you might want to stay away from an upbeat color like yellow.

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4. Design a Clean Layout

Design For Whitespace – Make sure that your slides have plenty of “breathing room” for your text and visual. If you find a great image that is lacking whitespace to you can try my “focused blur technique using PicMonkey” to instantly add more whitespace to the image.

Trash The Boring Templates – Ignore the standard PowerPoint templates. Instead, create your own custom template that matches the theme of your presentation.

Keep Things Nice And Neat – Make sure to align all of the elements on your slide so they are nice and neat. When things are not organized properly it moves your audience’s attention away from you.

Practice The Rule Of Three – Things presented in sets of three look better and are more memorable.

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Conclusion

By following the above presentation design tips you will be able to create a presentation that truly stands out from the crowd.

Here’s my question for you …

What do you find to be the most difficult part of designing a presentation? Sound off with your comments below. I make sure to read and reply to every single one!

Looking for more great presentation design tips just like these? Check these out:

5 Presentation Design Tips for Amazing Looking Slides (Infographic)

5 Presentation Tools That Will Make Your Slides Stand Out

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27
nov

5 Presentation Font Trends For 2015

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Goodbye boring old presentation fonts! Typography is one of the most important components of great PowerPoint design, and in 2015 rich typography will continue to be a dominating design element. Given that high quality fonts are more accessible and more affordable (often times FREE), be prepared to see some new, exciting and interesting trends in fonts within PowerPoint presentations. Interested in knowing more about presentation font trends in the upcoming year? Then, check out the list below with examples created by yours truly ;).

30
jul

The Presentation Panda Writer’s Toolbox

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When it comes to presentation design there’s a whole process of information gathering, idea generation, and story creation involved. Just like in a real toolbox, you may use any tool you need to help you in each step of the writing process for presentation design. Here is a list of my favorite tools for writing presentation content:

Wunderlist

I can honestly say that I use Wunderlist on a daily basis. Wunderlist lets you sync to the cloud and allows you to prioritize with unlimited lists, tasks, and features. The folder system allows you to organize tasks by different projects or labels. It also has a handy feature that lets you see the things you’ve already accomplished on any list. Did I mention that it’s FREE? I especially like being able to have shared lists. I’ve signed up an account for my fiancée and we are now able to keep track of our shared lists, including errands, groceries, and events to name a few.

Scribble Paper

Make sure your desk is always stocked with a pile of scribble paper and pens in a couple of different colors. Whether you are online or offline, you should always have some way to write down an idea as it comes to mind. Hand sketching a few thoughts on paper might help you organize your ideas better before moving forward. Alternatively, consider carrying around a small notebook. The important thing here is to always have something with you or near you.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage system with a host of web-based productivity tools and is ideal for collaborative projects. Google Drive let’s people view, comment, and participate in writing together. The neat thing is that documents that are uploaded show when they were last edited and by whom. Access to your work is permitted by invitation or by sharing.

Evernote

Evernote helps you remember what’s important. It is one of the easiest places to store most types of information, such as notes, outlines, ideas, and images. Evernote is the simplest way to catalog and browse through each new note you’ve created without having to open file folders or preview documents. When writing, this proves useful because it’s all accessible and speedy. This is a great tool for brainstorming and early stages of presentation design.

Coffee

Possibly the most important thing! I have found coffee to be one of the best methods for putting me in a writing mode. No writing session would be complete without a cup of joe. In fact, all my best content work has been fueled by coffee.

Conclusion

Writing tools don’t have to be anything special or expensive, but they are important. So, make sure you get familiar with all of these tools since they can greatly ENHANCE your presentation design. Taking advantage of these tools can help you to strengthen your process and make you more productive and efficient, allowing you to focus more on your writing and less on other tasks.

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