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10 Professional PowerPoint Templates That Will Cut Your Design Time in Half!

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Having a cool PowerPoint template is CRITICAL if you want to have slides that will WOW an audience.

There are many different slide templates available online. Unfortunately, a good majority of these templates suck!

A well-crafted PowerPoint template has to get a lot of things right—from the fonts used in the slides to the graphics and colors in the presentation—and it’s by no means an easy feat.

If you don’t have the time to create your own template, or simply don’t want to create your own template, I recommend visiting Graphic River to purchase a pre-designed template that you can later customize with your own content and images.

Graphic River is essentially a marketplace for all things graphic related (templates, vector graphics, icons, fonts, etc.) and they sell professional presentation templates that are created by top graphic designers around the world. There are lots of different styles to choose from (over 2,000 templates and counting). And don’t worry… these PowerPoint templates look NOTHING like the boring templates that come with PowerPoint. Most of the good templates run around $15-$20 and you can be rest assured about quality because all of the templates submitted have to meet the high standards set by the Graphic River team.

The benefits of purchasing a professional PowerPoint template from Graphic River include:

  • Save Time – With a purchased template you can focus more on honing your message and less on building a template framework.
  • Elegant Design – The templates are clean, minimal, and look professional.
  • Customizable – All the templates are easy to customize. Simply add your text and swap out any images/graphics you don’t want.
  • Customer Support – If you ever have any questions about the template you can leave a comment and the person who designed the template will get back to you fairly quickly.
  • Designed for PowerPoint – The templates are designed to be edited in PowerPoint. No additional software needed.
  • Animations Included – For many of the templates offered, there are custom animations built into the template. If you don’t want the animations you can always remove them.

Note: Some of the PowerPoint slide templates are nicer than others, so make sure that you shop around. You can sort the templates by a number of different categories including: date, author, category, rating, sales, and price.

To save you time, I have reviewed and HANDPICKED some of the best templates from the Graphic River website. When you’re done checking these out I would love to know which one you like best! Seriously, leave me a comment! :)

Let’s get started!

Note: If you like any of these professional presentation templates, you can click on the template’s image (or click the link that says “Download Here”) to be taken  directly to Graphic River to purchase the template. Many of the templates discussed are also available in Keynote (for Mac users).

“Six” PowerPoint Template

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The Six template is one of the best sellers on Graphic River and has over 4,600 sales to date.

It’s pretty easy to see why people gravitate towards this template. It has a modern and professional look which can be used across many different industries. There are a total of 45 slides to choose from and the template comes in 4 different color themes (including a dark version and light version).

One of the nice things about the Six template is that it has plenty of sleek and uncluttered-looking diagrams and charts.

A few other important mentions:

  • The template comes in both 4:3 and 16:9 format (i.e., Normal and Widescreen Mode)
  • Available in both PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Uses Novecento and Cantarell fonts

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Probrand” PowerPoint Template

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If you are looking for a clean and creative business presentation look no further than the Probrand template. Probrand features 58 slides and comes with 4 different color themes. I would say the best part about this template is that many of the slides have a strong “sleek factor” to them, which almost makes the slides come across as “edgy.” This type of template would go great with any technology related presentations.

A few other important mentions:

  • 16:9 format only
  • 4 different color themes
  • Available in both PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Uses Oswald font

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Influencer” PowerPoint Template

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Our team of Panda’s felt a strong yearning to create our own MAGICAL template that could take your presentations to the next level.

So after many a day and night of diligent work, many cups of coffee, and a veritable landfill’s worth of trash bins overflowing with scrapped designs, we have finally developed a professional presentation template that truly rocks!

A lot of love and tender care went into making each and every slide and we developed 200 UNIQUE slides for you to pick and choose from!! The possibilities are endless!

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There are so many awesome features with this template including tons of sleek graphics and images, a clickable (choose your own adventure) “prezi like” table of contents, sleek animations and transitions, parallax scrolling, over 500 modern icons, beyond beautiful layouts, and much much more!

We get excited just thinking about it!

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“Grid” PowerPoint Template

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Grid is another best-selling template with over 2,000 downloads to date. It features 32 modern yet minimalist slides, which leaves the slides feeling clean and uncluttered. It has a simple color scheme (blue and white), but you can choose among 6 other color options. With the Grid template your information will be displayed in a straightforward manner. The template is also a bit more conservative. Therefore, if you know your audience leans on the conservative (i.e., less edgy) side this template might be a great fit.

A few other important mentions:

  • 4:3 and 16:9 format
  • There are custom animated pages included
  • Features a combination of Arial and Bebas Neue fonts (one of Presentation Panda’s favorite fonts)
  • Available in PowerPoint only

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“Motagua” PowerPoint Template

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Motagua is a sexy template that will enchant your audience with its clean and elegant design. Beyond its sleek looks, it’s easy to change colors and modify shapes, texts, and charts.

Motagua is a steal considering it provides over 400 unique and fresh slides! The presentation template has a “corporate” look to it, an excellent choice for marketing presentations. Lastly, it contains a large number of graphics, stock photography, and custom illustrations which makes it stand out from all the rest. Motagua has that “universal classiness” that fits well for all presentations.

A few other important mentions:

  • 4:3 and 16:9 format
  • 60 different color themes
  • Available in both PowerPoint and Keynote

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“Corporate” PowerPoint Template

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Corporate is a clean and modern looking template with plenty of ready to use vector graphics, infographics, charts, tables, diagrams, maps and more. Almost all of the graphics follow a “flat” design style, and few are 3D. There are 119 slides included so there is plenty to pick and choose from here!

A few other important mentions:

  • 4:3 and 16:9 format
  • 22 different color themes
  • Available in both PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Uses Roboto font

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“Retro” PowerPoint Template

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The Retro presentation template may not have the “corporate” look that some of the other templates have, but it does have a certain uniqueness that makes it stand out. As the name suggests, all the slides have a “retro” look and feel, which puts a smile on many people’s faces. Who doesn’t love the retro look these days?!?

The Retro template comes with 21 slides, and all of them are extra easy to edit. This cool looking PowerPoint template might be exactly what you need to make a strong impression.

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“Premium International” PowerPoint Template

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The Premium International template is nothing short of premium. It features 56 uniquely designed slides that were created with full vector objects to allow for easy recoloring and rebranding.

What’s notable about this template is that it includes a lot of graphics that are layered on top of stock images which gives it a clean and modern look. On top of that, all the charts and diagrams have a simple look to them which makes them easy to scan.

Lastly, if you need to show maps in your presentation, this template has plenty of them!

A few other important mentions:

  • 4:3 and 16:9 format
  • 7 different color themes
  • Available in PowerPoint only
  • The images in the presentation are not included (due to copyright restrictions)
  • Uses Helvetica Light font (already installed on most computers)

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“Business Plan” PowerPoint Template

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Similar to the “Grid” PowerPoint template, the Business Plan template has a minimal look that will go well with all types of presentations. The slides are clean and simple looking, which allows it to be used in many different industries. For example, this presentation could be used for real estate market review as much as it could be used for education and training.

If you’re looking to make a strong professional impact, go with this PowerPoint template. It has a very clean, formal look that is perfect for your next big presentation.

A few other important mentions:

  • 4:3 and 16:9 format
  • 3 different color themes
  • Available in PowerPoint only
  • Uses Calibri (already installed on most computers) and Open Sans

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“Zero” PowerPoint Template

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The Zero template features over 200 slides of handcrafted awesomeness.

It features a bold color scheme (6 colors) that allows you to present a data-heavy talk in a way that is colorful and interesting.

The template also features a nice combination of flat and 3D diagrams. I typically recommend staying away from 3D in presentations (especially for charts), but the occasional 3D diagram can stand out as long as the information within the diagram is easy to scan.

Note: When deciding between flat design or 3D design just make sure your slides look consistent. Too much switching back-and-forth between the two styles can be distracting.

A few other important mentions:

  • The template comes in both 4:3 and 16:9 format
  • There are 7 color themes to choose from
  • There are custom animated pages built into the template. If you don’t want the animations you can always remove them.
  • Uses Lato font

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“Ever” PowerPoint Template

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The Ever template packs a lot of color and unique looking illustrations to keep your audience entertained. This unique PowerPoint template features 200 slides which can be used across a wide range of businesses. Probably the coolest part about this PowerPoint template is the fact that many of the slides have been designed in a Prezi like format where the slide design continuously bleeds onto the next slide (creating a seamless transition to the next slide).

A few other important mentions:

  • 4:3 and 16:9 format
  • 60 different color themes
  • Available in both PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Uses Calibri Nevis Raleway and Source Sans Pro fonts

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Conclusion

Most of the PowerPoint templates available on the internet are pretty lousy. Fortunately, there are some good resources available for finding good ones such as Graphic River.

If you really want to make your PowerPoint presentation stand out from all the rest, then a professionally designed PowerPoint Template from Graphic River is essential.

Furthermore, downloading a pre-designed PowerPoint template can SAVE YOU A DECENT AMOUNT OF TIME when designing your presentation.

I hope you’ve found these PowerPoint templates helpful in terms of understanding what a good template looks like. As mentioned earlier, all the templates here are available for download on the Graphic River website.

Regardless of whether you are going to download a pre-designed PowerPoint template or make your own keep in mind that your presentation’s design needs to be SIMPLE. In other words, the template should not distract the audience in any way. Here are three important things to keep in mind:

  • Consistency is key. Make sure all of your colors, fonts, font sizes, and graphical treatment stays consistent throughout the entire slide deck.
  • Delete or hide distracting elements that are not essential to the key point you are making on the slide.
  • Less is more. Enough said!

Here is my question for you …

Which of the templates mentioned in this post do you like the most?

Sound off in your comments below… And please remember to be specific as possible.

Also, do you have a friend that is currently creating a new presentation and could benefit from learning about these cool looking PowerPoint templates? If so, send them a link to this blog post right now. I’m sure, they will return the favor to you one day!

Finally, if you enjoyed reading this post, please remember to like and share using the sharing icons to the left.

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may

Essential PowerPoint Design Tips From GrubHub’s Investor Presentation

 

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If you’re looking for fresh PowerPoint design ideas, study investor presentations.

Initial Public Offering (IPO) presentations are a great way to learn how to present information in a simple, engaging, and compelling format. When companies are looking to go public there is a LOT of money on the line and these companies spend considerable amounts of time and resources to make sure that their presentations will impress potential investors.

The best investor presentations are comprised of slides that are short, sweet and to the point while being highly supported by research, data, and defensible assumptions. A perfect example of a lucrative and famous IPO presentation is GrubHub, Inc. In 2014 GrubHub, an online food ordering company, filed for an IPO and raised a whopping $192 million in its first public offering. If you’re not familiar with GrubHub, they are the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. The company’s online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners to order directly from approximately 35,000 takeout restaurants in more than 900 U.S. cities and London.

In this post we are going to highlight several PowerPoint design tips by focusing on some of the slides from GrubHub’s IPO presentation. So, keep reading in order to learn several valuable lessons that you can incorporate into your own presentations.

Let’s get started!

#1. Create A Captivating Cover Slide

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One of the easiest ways to attract the attention of investors, or any other audience, is to start with a visually appealing cover slide. This slide in Grubhub’s presentation deck is an example of a simple cover slide that includes a logo and a couple of screenshots of their mobile application. There is not too much text and there is plenty of whitespace on slide that allows the slide to breathe.

It’s worth pointing out that the visuals on the slide have a nice looking “cut-out” effect where it looks like the images have been cut out and then pasted onto the slide.

Beyond the visuals, note how the presentation designer did a nice job of marrying the colors of the logo (red and white) with the colors on the slide. One trick that designers often use in presentations is to leverage the color scheme as heavily as possible. You will see throughout the presentation that the red and white color scheme was nicely incorporated.

If you’re hungry for more visually appealing PowerPoint cover slide examples, click here.

#2. Show Don’t Tell

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Any good presentation designer knows that it’s best to limit the number of words on each slide. Sticking to just a few simple key words or phrases makes it easier for your audience to follow the presentation. GrubHub’s “mission” slide clearly implements this technique. Their mission statement, “To make takeout better” is brief, and to the point. It’s also free of any jargon, buzzwords, complexity and confusion.

Beyond the short title, note that there is very little text on the rest of the slide too. Instead of GrubHub explaining “what they do” through a lengthy paragraph (which many presentation novices do), they chose to visually show how GrubHub connects people to restaurants by using a combination of visuals and a few key words (hungry diners and restaurants). In case you were not aware, pictures are far more memorable than words. In fact, studies have shown that people will only remember 10 percent of information when the content is delivered verbally, compared to 65 percent retention when information was conveyed through visuals! For more information on the importance of visuals, click here.

Along with nice visuals, GrubHub’s logo is carefully placed in the top right corner and fits nicely into the unique looking red shape (at the top of the slide). Having a well designed PowerPoint template is CRITICAL if you want to have slides that will WOW an audience. Therefore, strive to create a template that incorporates colors that fit in with your company’s branding. As you can see in the slide above, the red and white colors within the logo fit harmoniously with the rest of the slide’s design.

Additionally, the font throughout the presentation is a simple Calibri font, which goes to show that fonts already included with PowerPoint can work well if they are used in the right way. However, if you are still not convinced that Calibri is suitable for your presentations, you can check out some various font trends here.

Lastly, this slide continues the “cut-out” effect that was displayed on the cover slide and it also includes a nice “crumpled paper texture” in the background which adds to the overall effect to the slide. Textures (paper, wood, etc.) can make great backgrounds for your slides. Just make sure that your text is legible if you use them. A good place to find textures for your slides is Texture King.

#3. Dress Up Your Numbers

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Numbers and charts don’t have to be boring.

Most presentations tend to have slides that are cluttered with data and other statistics only to result in confusing or distracting slides. Instead, I recommend choosing the data or numbers that mean the most to your audience. This slide in the GrubHub deck is an example of how data should be displayed on your presentation slide. They do a nice job of directing the viewers attention to the four important callouts that appear on the left of the slide, which are easy to scan and understand. On the right hand side of the slide, the charts look clean without any gridlines, legends, or other distracting elements.

On another note, did you notice the aesthetically pleasing “paper cutouts” behind the four callouts on the left? This simple addition makes the information easier on the eye when scanning the slide. Lastly, the font color of all the numbers and text match the color of the bar charts on the right. Everything from the color palette to the font choice flows nicely throughout the slide.

#4. Design For Easy Scanning

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This slide in GrubHub’s deck is another example of combining limited text with clean looking images to help deliver the slide’s message. The slide almost looks like something you would see in an infographic. In case you didn’t know, people love infographics! Presenting information in an infographic style format can help your audience process complex or extensive information.

As mentioned earlier, people are highly visual in nature. Our ability to quickly interpret visual information is far greater than that of written words. By creating visualizations, using the combination of words and text, you can make complex information easier to understand.

The point of an infographic is to take complex information and make it easier to take in through graphical reinforcement. Your goal then is to create something that can be consumed as quickly as possible. Not every little scrap of information needs to be communicated in an instant, but the overall gist of the data should at least be perceivable in under a few seconds. This slide clearly accomplishes that objective.

Beyond the infographic style design, the presentation designer also does a good job of showing the references in a super small font at the bottom left corner of the slide. That way the audience remains focused on the slide’s key points instead of getting wrapped up in the details of the reference.

#5. Not All Bullets Are Bad

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Bullet lists seem to be the foundation of many presentations. And while bullet lists aren’t necessarily bad, most users overuse and misuse them. Anyone with the most basic knowledge of PowerPoint can create a slide with bullet points. However, it takes a good presentation designer to use bullet points effectively. While many presentation designers will tell you to avoid bullet points at all costs, I believe you can use them if you use them minimally.

If you are going to use bullet points, make sure to limit both the number of bullets and the number of words per bullet. Otherwise, you run the risk of your presentation turning out dull, boring, and mind-numbing. As you can see in the above slide, the bullet points contain a max of three words. You can also see that there are only four bullets on the slide. By keeping the number of bullets to a minimum people can better remember what is being pointed out. The last thing you want to do is bore your audience with a long list of bullets. Doing so will most likely make them forget what you said in your presentation.

If you can get the number of bullets down to three that’s even better. You will see why in the next section below.

#6. Harness the Power of Three

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Did you know that presenting things in sets of three will make your presentation more interesting and memorable?

People can remember three pieces of information really well in short-term memory. If you add more than 3 items retention falls off considerably, and as more and more items are added to a list, the average person retains less and less. Four items are a bit harder to remember than three. Five items are even harder. Once the number of items on a list hits eight, most people have little chance of remembering the entire sequence.

As you can see from this “How it works” slide, GrubHub does a nice job of harnessing the power of three. By illustrating that all people have to do is “search, order, and eat” when using their product tells the world that their food ordering process is extremely simple. And we all know that people like things that are simple!

Steve Jobs was famous for using the Rule of Three in his presentations. For example, when he announced the second generation of iPads, he mentioned that they were “thinner, lighter, and faster” than the first. These three adjectives were highly effective and said everything the audience needed to know.

For some different examples of how you can harness the power of three in your presentations, click here.

Conclusion

GrubHub successfully created a clean, engaging, and organized IPO presentation. The simple messaging throughout the presentation made it easy for the audience to follow along and understand the key reasons why GrubHub is a great company to invest in.

Communicating your message with clarity is everything. With the limited amount of time allotted to present and captivate investors, presenting with passion, simplicity, and power is key! So next time you need to create a simple, engaging, and compelling presentation, pitch it like GrubHub.

After viewing GrubHub’s investor presentation what was your reaction? Do you think they did a good job with designing and organizing their slides? Next time you create a presentation, will you model it after the GrubHub presentation? Sound off in your comments below.

Also, do you have a friend that is currently creating an important presentation that could benefit from the information in this post? If so, send them a link to this blog post right now. I’m sure, they will return the favor to you one day.

Finally, if you enjoyed reading these PowerPoint design tips, please remember to like and share using the share buttons to the left!

Image Credits

Cover image designed by Freepik (modified by Presentation Panda)

All other images are part of GrubHub’s 2014 investor presentation

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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.

Make sure to check out Slide Bandits below

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:

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5 Presentation Tools That Will Make Your Slides Stand Out

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06
may

8 Presentation Tips You Can Learn From Movies

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Did you know that watching movies can help you with your presentations?

Movies are the prime diversion of our time. We see so many films, from drama to action and horror to romance, but the ones we remember the most are the ones that TEACH US SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The same applies to presentations.

Below are 8 solid presentations tips that you can take away from movies.