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5 Tips For Designing A PowerPoint Template That Doesn’t Suck

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

A few articles back, I talked about where you can find a cool PowerPoint template, from places like graphic river to download online.

Now, in this article, I’m going to share FIVE practical PowerPoint tips for designing a PowerPoint template that looks clean and professional.

1. Choose A Nice Color Theme

Choosing the RIGHT colors for your PowerPoint template is very important.

Color does many different things. It can evoke feelings and it creates emotion. Color can also attract attention, influence moods, indicate meaning, and even INCREASE RECALL.

Some studies show that effective use of color can increase learning and retention by 75%.

Here are some things to consider when picking the color theme for your Powerpoint template:

1) Make sure that the colors in your theme go well together. This may seem obvious, but I have seen many presentations with colors that did not complement each other. One of my favorite presentation tools for picking good colors for your template is Adobe Kuler.

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2) Don’t overdo it with the number of colors. I tend to stick to no more than THREE colors when designing templates for clients.

3) Make sure that the colors you use fit in with your company’s logo (if you have one). As you can see in the slide below, the blue and green colors within the logo fit harmoniously with the rest of the slide’s design.

2. Use Nice Fonts 

Similar to colors, fonts can communicate a mood, a point in time, or any number of other factors. So, instead of browsing your pre-existing font list and looking for “something cool,” instead think about the message you want to convey.

If you have no clue what fonts are good for presentations, here are on some of my favorite free fonts to get your started.

Here are some tips when picking fonts for your PowerPoint template:

1) In most cases, stick to one or two fonts throughout all text in your presentation for consistency.

2) Choose a font that matches the theme of your product or service.

3) Make sure that your fonts are legible against the slides background. Poor color contrast can quickly make your text irrelevant.

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3. Hide Distracting Elements

Often times there can be items on a slide that you have to keep (due to policy or preferences from your work colleagues).

Some of these items can include:

  • Page numbers
  • Confidentiality statements
  • Sample size numbers
  • Questions (often seen in market research presentations)
  • Explanation messages
  • Website domains and other contact information

If you MUST include items like these in your PowerPoint template, you can make them less distracting by “fading” these items out. That way if people need to reference this information they can, and they won’t distract the audience from the more important elements on the slide.

4. Avoid Using A Stock PowerPoint Template (That Comes With PowerPoint). Instead Purchase a Professional One

Don’t bother with the templates that come with PowerPoint (as seen in the slide below).

They are poorly designed, commonly used (others will have the same deck as you), or are not versatile enough to create an interesting presentation.

It is MUCH better to make your own unique template with a simple background or texture and consistent use of fonts. Ideally, the design will speak to your subject matter.

If you are at a loss for designing your slides here are some PowerPoint templates for inspiration or purchase.

Avoid using boring templates that look like this:

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If you are going to use a premade template grab a professionally made template (like the Influencer Template below) from Graphic River.

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When choosing a professional presentation template there are a few things to keep in mind:

Look for Consistency  – A professional PowerPoint template should have the same design, font, and color scheme consistency throughout

The Number of Slides Offered Does Not Always Equal Value – pay attention to the number of UNIQUE slides

Make Sure the Template is Organized – The template should have neatly organized sections where you can find “About Us” slides, “Our Team” slides, “Services” slides, “Customer Analysis” slides, etc. all nestled up to each other, so you have a clear idea of what slides are at your disposal.

Pay Attention to the Details – Check for inconsitencies. These types of subtle errors may suggest that there could be other issues with the template, not to mention they give off a distinctly unprofessional vibe

Find a Presentation Template Style That Fits Your Brand – Think about your business and your brand and what you are trying to represent – then choose a theme accordingly.

How Does the Presentation Template Make You Feel? – Chances are, if you have a strong positive reaction towards a template then your audience will too, and that will only make your presentation more memorable.

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5. Make Your PowerPoint Template Streamlined

Keep things a simple as possible.

Here are a few tips for keeping your template simple and minimal:

1) Try to eliminate all the extraneous clutter that can distract your audience from the real meat of each slide. Whenever possible, eliminate your logo, contact info, or whatever else your marketing department added to the templates that show up on each slide. If you want you can always designate a certain slide to have all of this information.

2) A simple single-colored background is best. Crazy designs or watermarks in the background don’t add value.

3) Keep your text to a minimum.

4) Let your template breathe by allowing for plenty of whitespace.

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I hope you’ve found these PowerPoint tips practical and easily implementable. Ultimately, the goal here was to show you that you don’t necessarily have to be a professional designer to create a great looking and effective PowerPoint template.

Here is my question for you …

What are your favorite tips for creating nice looking templates?

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 template and could benefit from learning about the tips 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 these PowerPoint tips, please remember to like and share using the sharing icons at the bottom of this post.

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Twitter IPO Presentation Review

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In case you didn’t know, Twitter just went public.

In doing so they sold 70 million shares, and raised $1.82 billion dollars.

Not too shabby of an IPO!

Launched only in 2006, Twitter draws 230 million monthly users around the world, making it the second-largest network after Facebook. Its signature 140-character per tweet platform has become universally known as a place where everyone can communicate.


How to Create Your Own PowerPoint Images

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You have an extremely important presentation to give, and you have a short window of time to get your slides ready.

Then, all of a sudden…

You have some awesome presentation ideas for your slides. You know EVERYONE is going to love this one!

As usual, you search for the perfect image on Google, your search TAKES FOREVER, and you have no luck finding the ideal image that’s in your head.

So, what do you do at this point?




If you answered a) or b), this blog entry is NOT for you.

If you answered with option c), then this post is definitely for you, and I advise you to keep reading.

Design your own PowerPoint images from scratch

Sometimes, the quickest way to get your hands on the perfect image is to create one yourself. When that need arises, you’ll be surprised how the careful combination of shapes and lines can help you to create an awesome looking image, template, or layout for your slides. And, the nice thing is that this can all be done straight from PowerPoint or Keynote.

Now don’t get me wrong, the standard drawing toolbars in PowerPoint or Keynote are SOMETIMES no match for the stunning professional stock imagery that professional graphic designers can put together using advanced image creation tools. However, you can adapt your slides to accommodate some really nice images and visually communicate your ideas in a meaningful and dynamic way.

Let me show you how, step-by-step with a few examples.

In the examples below you will see that all of these PowerPoint images have been designed from scratch (no internet image hunting), using the drawing tools in PowerPoint.

All that’s required is a bit of creativity and some patience.

Example #1 – Custom Silhouette

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Presentation ideas : design your own PowerPoint images example #2


Create A “Prezi-Like Transition” in PowerPoint

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Have you ever witnessed a presentation so eloquently designed that you were completely captivated, curious of what comes next, and did not even consider checking your cellphone?

Complete captivation happens when the advanced presentation designer makes interesting looking slides flow smoothly and harmoniously, in constant connection with our current state and expectations. One mandatory skill to make this happen is the ability to transition well from one part of the presentation to another.

In this post, I’m going to outline my creative “themed transition technique” that will amaze your audience as they follow along your smooth flowing slides.

Here are the steps needed to create a visually appealing “themed” transition from one slide to the next.