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This Beautiful PowerPoint Template Will Make You STAND OUT! Introducing Influencer … Panda’s Premier Presentation Template!

 

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Greetings, Presentation Pandas! As you know, we’ve been talking about the benefits of professional presentation templates for a long time. Like ballroom dancing, football touchdown celebrations, and Italian sports cars, sometimes presentations need to look fancy, which is when a professional template can really come in handy.

Here are some of the things the best powerpoint templates on the market have to offer:

Save Loads of Time – With a professional template, you can focus more on honing your message and less on building a template framework. Leave the design part to the designers.

Elegant Design – The templates are clean, minimal, and look amazing. That’s EXACTLY what you should be focusing on when you create a presentation.

100% Customizable – A good presentation template is easy to customize. Simply add your text and swap out any images, graphics, or colors that you do not want. It should always be that easy.

Designed for PowerPoint – A good templates is designed to be edited directly in PowerPoint. You do not need any additional software.

Clever Animations Included – Even the best PowerPoint template in the world can look a bit amateur without some slick animations. A good template features custom animations built right into it. And if you decide that animations are not ideal for your presentation, you can easily remove them.

Customer Support – If you ever have any questions about a template you should be able to talk to the person who designed it. Whereas if you design a presentation yourself, you don’t really have anyone else who can help you (unless you’re lucky enough to have an intern you can boss around!) All you need to do is leave a comment and the person who designed the template will get back to you quickly.

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At this point you must be wondering where this is all going; after all, we have recommended several of the best PowerPoint templates around over the years. But still 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! 

Were calling this amazing template Influencer. Click here to download your copy right now!

In this article, we’re going to explain exactly what this template offers, why it ROCKS and why you need to download it right away to use for pretty much every presentation you will ever make it again.

Are you excited? We sure are! Let’s get started!

How about a video to kick things off …

And now let’s run through the key features of the Influencer PowerPoint Template

200 Uniquely Crafted PowerPoint Slides

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Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also critical for creating awesome looking PowerPoint slides. Who wants to see the same boring layout on every single slide? A lot of love and tender care went into making each and every slide–we developed 200 unique slides for you to pick and choose from!!

Yes, we just said 200 slides!

Without coming off as clichéd and overly hyperbolic, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Obviously your next presentation is not going to be 200 slides (or at least we hope not) but we wanted to give you a complete arsenal of good looking slides that you can pick and choose from. We put in a crazy amount of hours to make sure that each and every slide you choose rocks!

There are 12 well organized sections in total; here’s a rundown of what you can expect from each section:

Introduction – Make a positive first impression with an eye-popping display of your company name and logo. Impress your audience with the mission statement template, featuring a half-screen image with your company’s M.O. Or you can include some really cool slides such as a statement from your CEO or a really cool chronological post showing your company’s timeline of growth from past until present.

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Team – Show off the members of your team (even if it’s just a team of one) with split screen bio pages that feature headshots of individual members on one side and their accolades, career background, and achievements on the other. You can also include bio pages with multiple team members listed and small bio blurbs beneath each member’s headshot, such as “Bob Smith, Accounting” or “Suzy Jones, Fantasy football junkie and baker extraordinaire.”

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Services – You can’t successfully pitch investors or your next big client without talking about what sort of services your company brings to the table. We offer you multiple templates that break down your services in a DYNAMIC manner with the inclusion of customizable infographics. Or you can go for a more informal “what we do” slide that lists your services bullet-style.

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Devices – If you are selling a product of some kind, there’s a good chance that it’s an app or other kind of software that runs on a specific device. So we’ve included templates that show off how your app works while running on a smartphone, or how Bluetooth connectivity is part of the package. Yeah, we pretty much thought of everything.

Customer Analysis – If it is really important for your presentation to talk about who your customers are and what sort of demographics they come from, you will really appreciate these slides. The customer segment profile shows a typical customer and features lots of cool icons jutting out of her—kind of like the guy from that classical children’s game “operation,” but without listing parts of human anatomy.

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Portfolio – For agencies or firms that need to include case studies or examples of their work, this section gives you lots of predesigned templates that show off what your team has already accomplished for previous clients. Nothing sells better than experience!

Charts & Tables – Inevitably, you will have to include data in your presentation. That’s why we included templates that show off quantifiable information in a way that –for once!—isn’t boring and stale. All of our graphs are super easy to edit and can be changed directly in PowerPoint.

Business Analytics – You gotta be able to show off what sort of things you do; those numbers are really important, but they should look good when you do it. We have provided slick templates that can be easily edited to include the data that backs up your business.

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Infographics – Everyone loves a good infographic! We came up with tons of really cool ones. A competitor analysis infographic features a honeycomb-shaped graph with alternating colored panels that give away little tidbits of data.

Project Management – Our project management slides help you break down the different ways that your team tackles your work. Beautiful background images combined with simple step-by-step breakdowns help you illustrate how your team will get the job done.

Maps – If you want to include the location of your office near the end of your slide or if it’s important to include map features in your presentation, we’ve given you plenty of sleek looking maps to choose from.

Closing & Other – It’s just as important to go out with a bang as it is to start with one, so we have designed powerful closing slides that feature strong customizable CTAs and inspiring images to convince your audience that you are the right choice for them. We have also included plenty of “bonus slides” including multiple title slide variations.

 

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Size Formats 16:9 and 4:3

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Responsive design is a touchstone of so much that goes into making everything from apps to websites to PowerPoint slides these days. That is why we created templates in two different size formats, so that when you go about the process of setting up your slideshow, you will not have to worry that your sizing is off. Nothing ruins presentations like having slides that are not the proper dimensions for the projector or TV monitor they are being displayed on! You have two options when it comes to size formatting:

16:9, or widescreen. This is becoming the standard for presentations and is actually the default size in PowerPoint. So I imagine that most people will prefer to work with this size format. You will be able to better maximize the dimensions of the media you use in your presentation, which will look so much better. This will look good on any kind of screen, from your laptop to a full-size 52” monitor in the company conference room.

4:3, or square. If you plan on handing out copies of your slide to members of your audience, this is an ideal size. For people who need to print their slides on normal 8.5” x 11” paper this format is preferable as it fills the page better and is a little less awkward than using a 16:9 ratio.

Two Themes – Dark and Light

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You have two choices when it comes to your theme: light or dark. Depending on the topic at hand you might feel that using a white background will look better and be more suitable for the tone or mood. On the other hand, maybe a dark background will help you stand out better and make for a more impressive presentation. We were not completely sure ourselves which one you would prefer, so that is why we created two themes, so you can figure that part out yourself! The most important thing is that they both look really good, right?

Three Colorful Options for Each Theme

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On top of giving you dark and light options for your theme, we also created three different color schemes in both the dark and light theme. That comes to a total of six varying theme color possibilities, if you are keeping score at home. The options you have are red/yellow, purple, and blue. Blue is always a safe bet for more formal kinds of projects and presentations, while purple, red and yellow are a bit more edgy. But maybe edge is what you are looking for? We want to make certain that you have all the options you need to select the best looking theme possible for your presentation. Of course if you have a totally different color in mind you can easily edit the colors of presentation to the color of your choice.

Tons of High Quality Images Included

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As we have pointed out before, you should absolutely avoid using cheesy stock images at all costs.  There is a good reason that we decided to take care of finding images for you; too many times we have seen people fall victim to picking out weird looking or downright dumb stock images. So we have made sure to include tons of sleek looking commercial free images throughout the entire template. You do not have to trawl endlessly through Google Images or Shutterstock to find good pictures for your presentation; we have done that for you! Besides saving you a ton of time from having to search for the images yourself, we have also ensured that you have nothing to worry about copyright infringement (accidental or otherwise) because all the images we have used in the slide templates either came free to download or we bought the rights to them.

That means that you, too, have the rights to them. Which means that you can edit them as you please At your fingertips are hi-res photos that make for elegant slide backgrounds, or practical stock images that look great as part of your design. It’s all up for you to decide.

And if you want to swap out images it’s super simple. We’ve even included a handy “Help Guide” that shows you how step-by-step. More on that further down below.

Tons of Easy to Edit Vector Graphics

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There are tons of captivating graphics in this template; everything from presentation graphics to customer analysis data boxes is included. Our designers have made it as simple as possible to pick and choose the vector that best fits your presentation. What’s awesome is that you can easily change the size and colors of the graphics DIRECTLY IN POWERPOINT (no additional software needed), so you don’t need to be some smarmy graphic designer with many years of experience messing around with slides (leave that part to us). When you find the right vector graphics for our presentation it is really easy to insert display text, change the color of the vector, or manipulate the size or placement according to your needs.

Over 500 Ready to Use and Easy to Edit Vector Icons

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Oh man, we busted our butts on this one FOREVER. The template is filled with sleek and modern looking icons; in fact, we have included a set of over 500 icons that you can choose from. Since the icons are vectors, you can also easily modify the icons by changing the color and size.

You should really see the variety of icons we have available! We pretty much thought of every possible presentation topic or scenario that you would be in when we were cobbling together this huge list of icons. To name but a few:

  • General Icons
  • Technology Related Icons
  • Payment Related Icons
  • Web Related Icons
  • Location Related Icons
  • Arrows and Direction Related Icons
  • Weather Related Icons
  • Social Media Related Icons
  • And Much More

Two Free Fonts That Go Together Perfectly

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You gotta have a good header/display font combo if you’re gonna properly rock your presentation. We picked two fonts that go really well together: Bebas Neue and Calibri. We have been talking about Bebas Neue for years (OK, maybe since last year)! The font rocks and simply had to be in our template. It also sounds kind of funny. We’ll wait while you say it out loud and then laugh because we’re right.

So even though Bebas Neue is a pretty sweet lookin’ font, bro, it does not come with the Microsoft Office suite. Does that mean you have to pay for it? Absolutely not! Bebas Neue is a FREE font that can be easily be downloaded from Font Squirrel. Don’t worry we walk you through how to easily install the font step-by-step with our handy Help Guide that is included with the presentation template.

Bebas Neue also goes really well with Calibri which is a font that already comes with PowerPoint. That means you do not need to waste extra time searching for the right font combo, you do not to spend money on paying for the right font, and you get to focus on creating the baddest PowerPoint presentation possible.

If for some reason your heart is set on a different font (just please not Times New Roman), you can always change up the fonts accordingly. Just use your best judgment—in case you are stuck for good font recommendations, you can always shoot us a quick email or refer to the many blog posts we have written for guidance on making the right choice.

A Clickable “Choose Your Own Adventure” Options Menu

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Remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from the 1980s? Those were pretty sweet! You got to go on a mountain climbing expedition or step through a time warp portal and explore a future dystopia controlled by weird dolphin alien hybrid creatures! We took a fresh approach to template design by allowing the template to have a “Choose Your Own Adventure” table of contents. While you can’t end up on the slopes of Mt. Everest or in the slippery clutches of not-so-benevolent dolphin aliens with our table of contents, picking and choosing the perfect PowerPoint slide is now as easy as ever. With this format you can easily jump to any of the 12 sections in the template by clicking on any of the tiles on the slide. Clever right?

How this works in practice is pretty neat. Let’s say that you, the co-founder of a startup selling cool new coffee roasting machines, have to give a pitch presentation to a big tech incubator in San Francisco. In this case, you may find it important to skip to the yourgreat company bio section, since you are so new and people will want to know who you are and what your company was founded to do (in this case sell quality coffee roasting products). You will also want to talk about your strategy for growth, your target demographics, and discuss who you see as the competition. In that case you will probably want to take your audience through our pre-designed slides for “Introduction,” “Our Team” (maybe just you and your co-founder), “Customer Analysis,” “Business Analysis,” and of course a good “Closing” slide to deliver a strong finish. The nice thing about the clickable table of contents is that you can skip to any section in the presentation with a single click of the mouse. No more fumbling through the entire deck to find the particular section you are looking for.

Parallax Scrolling

Parralax scrolling is an innovative trend in web design that has been around for a number of years now but has recently become quite vogue. In case that term sounds familiar but you aren’t quite sure what parallax is: it’s a technique where background images move down the screen more slowly than foreground images, which creates a sensation of depth and adds to your user’s immersion and heightens their viewing experience. We implemented this style into several slides throughout the presentation, because it would be kind of selling you short to create an aesthetically pleasing slide template set but not give you beautiful and elegant animation effects to complement it and make it really come alive. This technique adds a new dynamic layer to the slides, and it is the sort of subtle detail that will give your presentation an extra bit of oomph.

Here are a few examples of our parallax scrolling in action, in case you are curious:

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Over here, you can see how this slide fills in the agenda for a meeting with horizontally moving topic headers, filling in one below the other. Once the first slide is full, there is a vertical sliding transition to move down the image (don’t you just love these minimalist urban cityscape photos?), followed by the same horizontal topic headers. Parallax is the epitome of smoothness and having these slides at your disposal will only make you and your team look smoother.

 

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For this “Why Work With Us?” slide you can see a few different animations happening. First of all, each one of the talking points fills in vertically up the screen. Then once the talking points have all filled into place, the screen slides vertically in the reverse direction that the talking points were appearing in. It’s smooth and just looks too darn cool!

 

Clever Animations and Transitions

Almost every slide has clever animations and transitions that made the slide pop even further.

You have to see them live to truly appreciate them. The benefit of animations is that they help introduce the elements of the slide one at time, creating visual separation and letting you carry on your talking points at a rate that is more comfortable for your audience. It also makes it easier for your audience to follow along, since they are not being bombarded with the entire presentation slide all at once.

Not to mention, these animations also look really cool (at least we think so). It’s not like there are any weird Windows 98 PowerPoint animations in here; everything is slick and tasteful (in other words, no shimmering text or images that bounce around your screen before settling into the right place). Of course, you might think that they can get a bit distracting, so if you don’t want the animations you can easily turn them off.

Here’s some more examples of the templates cool animations, just because we feel like it:

 

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Look at how awesome these are! You are practically guaranteed to have someone come up to you after you finish your presentation – which you will probably rock – and ask you how you thought of all these nifty animations and graphics. Then you can just wink at them and say you have a really great design team.

 

Easy to Understand Help Guide

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In case you are stuck with customizing things the way you want, we have put together an easy to follow help guide that shows you step-by-step how to customize the template to fit your needs. Everything from messing around with vector graphics to replacing all the images can be found in the Help Guide. If for some reason the help guide does not answer your question, don’t forget that your questions might already be answered here or on other blog posts on this website. The only thing that does not come with the help guide is actual, real life customer support. Oh wait! We’ve got that too . . .

Fast Customer Support

While this template is EXTREMELY easy to edit and should prove to be the best presentation tool you have at your disposal, our team of highly trained and PowerPoint-savvy customer service pandas provides fast and agile support to answer questions you may have. We make our absolute best effort to reply to all queries within 24 hours during the week, although if you have a question for us on the weekend it will have to wait until Monday, because pandas get kind of grumpy when they have to head into the office on Sundays. No one wants to deal with grumpy pandas; we’re sure you understand.

Conclusion

So, you’ve heard our spiel about how this new PowerPoint template is going to do amazing things for your presentation.

It’s got oodles of great features and content! You have over 200 custom-made slides that cover everything from your company bio to your portfolio for sharing case studies to easily editable infographics and vectors that look awesome and are so much cooler than old fashioned pie charts and bar graphs (but those come with the package too if you need them). The slides come adapted to two main size formats so that you have perfectly proportioned slides and handouts for your audience.

There are three total color combinations to customize your theme with, so that it looks and feels right. Hundreds of high quality images come included in the template and ready to use as they are or edit as you please. There are many awesome looking and completely editable vector graphics for you to use, plus over 500 icons that suit literally every possible topic imaginable. You will not have to go searching on the internet for other icons to use in your presentation!

You also get the lovely font combination of Bebas Neue and Calibri to grace the text of your slides, a really easy pick and choose menu of slide templates in twelve different categories, beautiful parallax scrolling to wow your audience along with stunning transitions and animations for an elegant and enhanced viewing experience, not to mention first-class customer support from a team of design professionals who handle any queries with efficiency and urgency.

By now you are hopefully asking where you can get this excellent set of awesome slides. You can download the Influencer template on Graphic River today by clicking here. It will save you tons of time and make your next presentation stand out from the rest of the mediocre presentations out there today. You can use the template as much as you like, forever, so think of it as a good investment in your future business endeavors.

Alright then, it sounds like a good investment! But how much is it going to cost to get? Aren’t these things supposed to be expensive? Not in this case. Which is pretty amazing when you think about it – when we have clients who hire us to create custom-made one-use presentations the cost runs into the thousands of dollars. Whereas downloading the Influencer template – the last presentation template you will ever need, ever — only costs you $20. How much would you be willing to pay to crush your next presentation? Wouldn’t you hand over $20 for that extra bit of confidence to know you had a kickass designed PowerPoint presentation?

We’ll stop the sales schtick now; you know what to do! See you at the finish line and best of luck with your next presentation!

Click here to download the Influencer PowerPoint Template right now!

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8 Basic Design Principles to Keep in Mind for Your Next Presentation

 

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Sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics and be reminded about the fundamentals. It’s why restaurants have to pass annual cleanliness inspections to certify that they haven’t forgotten that e-coli doesn’t belong in food, or why elevators are checked every so often to make sure that their cables aren’t about to snap and trap people in between floors and leave them with no other recourse to survival than to eat each other while they await rescue.

Similarly terrible things can happen to you if you don’t go back every now and then and calibrate your presentation design principles. It is important to make sure that your presentations look great, are easy to follow, and don’t cause bodily harm to innocent onlookers (I’ve seen some pretty nasty looking design compositions over the years).

So here are eight basic design composition principles to think about, in case you’ve forgotten or perhaps need a little inspiration to keep your designs from going stale.

Single Visual

This method of composition is useful if you have one image that you intend to display. Keep in mind that with this sort of composition, you are relying not on a primary image, but on a single image to command your audience’s attention and tell a story, elaborate a talking point, or achieve some other task.

When you design a single image slide, it should be pretty simple to ensure that the image stands out; it should, after all, be the only image on the page. Other elements such as display text do not necessarily need to take a back seat to the visual heft of your main image, but they should certainly be complimentary in terms of their layout, font style, and size. Make sure that when you do pick a single image—whether it’s a photo, an icon, or statistical content such as a graph or chart—that it fits in with the rest of your design. There is no sense in picking a good image to anchor your slide if it will not provide greater harmony to your presentation as a whole.

The Divine Proportion

You may have heard the Divine Proportion called other names such as the Fibonacci Sequence, the Golden Ratio, or simply Phi. While this ratio (approximately 1:1.618) has most famously been used by architects and artists including Leonardo da Vinci to create perfectly proportioned human bodies and faces in their work, you can apply this classical rule of proportion to the presentation slides that you make.

Of course, you do not need to be as mathematically precise as a Renaissance painter when you create your layout, but if you come up with a design based on the Divine Proportion you will be pleasantly surprised to notice that your slide seems to be very streamlined and flows well from one piece of content to another. What does this look like when it’s put into practice? Imagine you start out with a primary image, positioned in one corner of the slide. Adjacent to this image but about 40% smaller is a bit of text—perhaps a quick and dirty bullet list—that gives your audience an important set of facts or supporting data to keep in mind. And then farther down you have yet an even smaller image or text that either complements the second piece or acts as a visual foil to the original, main image. For the sake of avoiding visual clutter it is best to go no further than four levels into the sequence; anything more than that and you risk overwhelming your audience with too much information.

Focal Point

The focal point design principle is all about making one particular piece of your slide stand out first. It could be an image, a data set, or a piece of text, depending on your presentation. What is crucial to this kind of design is that the focal point arrests your audience’s vision. From there, the rest of your slide should be designed to maximize visual flow from that focal point to key succession points.

For example, your focal point could simply be an enlarged header text—click here to learn more about some awesome fonts making the rounds this year—that grabs your viewers’ attention. “Quarterly Profits Have Tripled,” “Never Wear A Onesie to Work,” and “How Can We Stop the Zombie Apocalypse?” are all decent examples of headers that you might make extra big and bold and use as focal points. From there you could list a few important bullet points such as “74% increase in YTD revenue thanks to revamped Google PPC campaign,” “Alternatives to onesies include jeans, shorts, dresses, and yoga pants,” or “Build concrete underground bunkers adjacent to aquifers and stocked with 10 years’ supply of microwaveable bean and cheese burritos.” You could also choose to include a small set of icons that introduce your ideas in a non-verbal fashion.

Grid Theory

Grid design is a pretty nifty way of partitioning your design into separate quadrants. It’s a good way to organize a visual space into several important spaces and especially useful when you have more than one focal point of a slide that you need to convey to your audience. When you divide your composition into separate boxes—whether they are all the same size or vary in shape and area is up to your tastes and the sort of content you’ll be displaying in them—it enables you to draw natural boundaries around different areas of your design.

This can be useful for a number of different reasons. For example, you might want to partition your slide into a grid where each box features an image with display text highlighting a separate key talking point; the grid helps keep the images distinct from each other and prevents the composition from feeling too jumbled. You also might want to use a grid design if your presentation involves soliciting the audience’s opinion, such as real-time interactive quizzes or opinion surveys. In this case, you could devote a different block of the grid to one particular answer or another.

Symmetry

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Symmetry appeals especially to the neat and tidy impulses we (OK, most of us) have. There is something inherently satisfying with seeing an evenly folded piece of paper, or a perfectly organized pyramid of bowling pins waiting to be knocked over. That same sense of symmetry has its moment in designing a great slide, too.

Bilateral symmetry, where you draw an invisible line across the composition to create a mirror image, is useful for imbuing your presentation with a sense of formality and elegance. Picture having two equally sized sections of content, such as text and image, displayed on either side of each other. Each one has roughly the same dimensions. Each one is positioned the same distance from the margins on the respective sides of the page. This kind of layout works best when you have content that skews more towards scientific or technical subjects; you want to keep things as straightforward as possible, so it is a good idea to use symmetrical balance in your composition to minimize the amount of extra visual effort your viewers have to input in order to follow exactly what is going on. And when using symmetrical balance gets a bit too tedious, that means it’s time for . . .

Asymmetry

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Asymmetrical compositions! What makes this sort of balance so enjoyable is that it is abstract, loose, and relative. You could choose to display an enlarged image with an off-center header, or perhaps a list of key bullet points that are aligned in a staggered fashion as they go down the page.

Since you don’t have the pigeon-holing constraint of arranging your content in the mirror-image style that comes with symmetrical balance, you can get a little bit wild when you arrange elements. That does not mean that there is complete visual chaos in this type of alignment. Rather, you focus on letting different weights balance each other out – there are ratios of big to small that are very complementary and not necessarily symmetrical (a good example of this would be the Golden Rule).

There are several different factors that you can look out for when you design an asymmetrical composition. Size, where large items are heavier in terms of their visual pull than small ones. Value, where dark items fell heavier than lighter ones. Color, where bright and bold colors are stronger and more visually arresting than neutral or muted ones. Isolation, where a single object stands out against the rest of the slide simply by virtue of the negative space around it (think of how this relates to the single visual principle discussed earlier). Quantity, where a few smaller objects balance out a single larger object. Consider how you can design a slide based on any one or more of these factors, and don’t be afraid to get creative!

Radial Balance

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Think of how many company logos use radial design as their focal point, and you can see why this is a brilliant, if under-utilized technique for creating beautiful compositions. Target, Starbucks, and even the Obama campaign logo, to a certain extent, all rely on radial balance to make a statement. With a bit of creativity you can do the same thing with your presentation.

Radial balance works by creating a spiraling or concentric circle effect where your eyes are drawn towards a (usually central) focal point thanks to the composition of elements in the design. In a slide this could manifest itself as a large main image with a spiral focus such as a staircase or nautilus shell. You could also arrange a spiral word cloud with key talking points leading to your main header or theme.

Repetition

If you really want to make an impact on your audience, try arranging your slide so that multiple repetitions of a certain element create an impressive visual effect. You could do this by using colorful background designs or textures (but try not to make them too impressive, lest they distract from your actual slide content). You can also incorporate this into the slide content itself.

There’s a fancy term in English literature called Anaphora, which refers to the repetition of the first part of a sentence. One of the most famous examples of this comes from Winston Churchill, a man who had a way with words. Check out this excerpt from one of his most famous speeches; it looks pretty awesome in bullet points:

  • We shall fight on the beaches
  • We shall fight on the landing grounds
  • We shall fight in the fields and in the streets
  • We shall fight in the hills

And so on. You can also use repetition with elements such as icons designed by the same designer, or the same font style, or anything else that looks good cloned a bunch of times.

Conclusion

Design isn’t something to be underestimated—and hopefully you can get back to basics by following some of these tasteful composition tips. When you design a presentation that features The Golden Rule or symmetrical balance as its cornerstone, you are ensuring a seamless and beautiful aesthetic which will no doubt please your audience.

So are you already using any one of these major design principles that we’ve discussed? What are some design deficiencies you have battled before that maybe you can fix by utilizing one of these principles? Let me know what you think and please try to be as specific as possible. Sound off in the comments below!

Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from learning about these presentation design tips? If so, email them this post.

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Want More Creative Presentations? Stand Up!

Presentation Design Tips - The Standing Desk that we Use

Here at Presentation Panda, we have talked a lot before about many different kinds of ways to improve your PowerPoint presentation. You should utilize sleek, beautiful design templates. You should make the most of beautiful, complimentary fonts as well as font selection tools such as Type Genius. You should also avoid doing certain things, such as using clashing slide themes or selecting stock images (unless you are trying to be ironic, of course).

But even if you seem to be having no trouble at all coming up with lots of brilliant presentation slides, there is one habit you might have that could be holding you back without you realizing it: sitting! As improbable as that might sound, yes, sitting can actually be a bit of a hindrance to your creative abilities. So as radical as it sounds, it could be time to ditch sitting and try standing for a change. Nowadays it is actually quite common to see standing desks in the office, so there could very well be something to this phenomenon. If you are curious why a standing desk may improve your next presentation, here are six reasons to consider.

If you have an important presentation coming up, try creating it from a standing desk this time and see how it goes—just don’t forget to let us know!

Higher Perspective

You would be surprised how much things can change when you alter your perspective. I live in San Diego, California, and spend a lot of time going to the beach, especially to go surfing. It is one thing to look at waves from the comfort and safety of the shore and another thing to find yourself about to get barreled over by a wave when you are fifty yards offshore! While a wave might not seem like such a big deal when you’re standing on the shore and looking out at it, it looks a whole lot different when you are lying down on the surface of the water and looking up at a wave about to crash over you.

I think that it is basically the same idea with working from a standing desk. When you are sitting down at a desk and working—on a presentation or on anything else, for that matter—you are used to just seeing your ideas from a sea-level view, so to speak. Whatever you see at eye level apart from your computer, it is most likely to be the wall of your cubicle. When you stand up, all of a sudden you are much more engaged with your surroundings. Maybe you are able to see out a window, or maybe you can see an inspiring painting or photograph hanging on the opposite wall of your office. Just by standing up your eyes are introduced to an entirely different visual environment—and with that higher perspective you might come up with a better design or bolder ideas to share with your audience than if you had stayed sitting down.

Better Blood Flow

One of the other interesting benefits that comes from using a standing desk is increased circulation. I am sure you have experienced moments when your legs, feet, or even your butt get a bit numb for sitting for such a long period of time without getting up and moving around—I certainly have! When we sit for too long, as this study discusses, not only do our lower extremities have a tendency to lose circulation, which is annoying, we expose our bodies to all sorts of risks. Sitting for long periods of time has been shown to lead to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. No matter how inviting or comforting your office chair might be (which, let’s face it, is not very likely), if there is a chance that it could be killing you, it is probably time to consider a change!

With a standing desk, you have that possibility. Since you will be standing on your feet, your legs and feet will have much better circulation and you will not have to deal with annoying cramps or numbness. Not only that, but you will also experience less fatigue. Which, by the way, is the next important reason why you should try using a standing desk.

Better Collaboration Potential

We have a tendency when we get super focused on something to hunch forward a bit and lean toward whatever it is that has our attention. This is why a good movie literally has people on the edges of their seats, or why, if you’re on a date with an attractive person and it’s going well, both of you are leaning in towards each other.

This is also what happens when we are at a sitting desk and really “in the zone.” We end up hunched over in front of our desks and the world sort of blurs, while the only thing we really pay attention to is the screen in front of us. Sometimes that is a really positive thing, but the truth is that we do not always occupy that zone of total focus and concentration. Sometimes we have writer’s block and we want to smash our heads through our laptops!

What is so great about standing desks is that you are not quite as trapped. Of course, you can still get into that zone—and in fact, if you are standing your body might even start swaying a little bit back and forth as your mind switches into overdrive. But when you find yourself lagging and searching for a solution to a problem, or maybe are struggling for the right way to wrap up your presentation, when you are standing up, you are more likely to reach out to colleagues and interact with them. It makes sense when you really think about it. Who are you more likely to talk to: Someone who is sitting down and leaning over their work, or someone who is standing up, their body language more open to others? When you are standing up, you are more open to collaboration, which is such an important part of delivering your best possible work. After all, two minds are better than one, and if you can get inspiration from one of your coworkers to beef up your presentation, a standing desk might make those opportunities for collaboration a more common occurrence.

More Open Space, More Creativity

There is a reason why traditional gray office cubicles are often considered to be symbols of the oppressive, energy and morale-sapping corporate culture. They are commonly claustrophobic, boring, square, and restrict the flow of light and space. Not that sitting down at a desk implies you are doing so at a cubicle, but oftentimes that is the case. On the other hand, even if you work from a cubicle but do so from a standing desk, chances are you will not suffer quite so much from the doldrums that plague those who work at desks sitting down. This is because the more you are exposed to open space, the more creative you will be. With more space around you, your mind feels a bit more relaxed, a bit more open to new ideas, and a bit more innovative and capable of change. If you are able to work from a standing desk you will notice the difference immediately, because all of a sudden you will be able to see all the way across your office instead of just a few feet in front of you; you might even have a direct view outside to the rest of the world if you’re that lucky person who faces a window! When you stand up, all that open space will positively affect your energy and creativity, and that will help you create even better presentations.

Less Fatigue, Less Breaks

If you use a sitting desk during the day, consider how often you pause what you are doing and get up. Think about those five minutes you go over to the break room to get a coffee or drink some water, or when you step outside to smoke a cigarette, or when you take a short walk or go to the bathroom. Of course, you might do these things whether you are sitting or standing, but there is also the chance that you take these breaks to alleviate the fatigue that sets in when you are sitting down for too long without stopping to get up.

Combating fatigue is a really important step in becoming more productive in the workplace, and by extension when you are working on your next big presentation. If your body is tired then chances are so is your mind. And if you have to take more breaks for coffee or to go for a brief walk outside, there is a good possibility that this is only taking away from the time that you could be more productive and/or creative at your workspace. When you consider all the time you might waste taking these short breaks over the course of the day—for example, one study estimates cigarette breaks take up to 45 minutes per day–then if you adapt to a standing desk there is a very good chance that your workday will be more productive, your presentations will be even stronger, and maybe you might even be able to go home earlier because you take less breaks than when you had a sitting desk!

Stepping Back From Your Work

Have you ever tried painting or sculpting before? If you have not, you might not know that for all the time an artist spends in front of her canvas, she also spends just as much time stepping away from it to review it and also get a better sense for the scene that is being depicted in her painting. The act of stepping away, literally, from work is a crucial part of the creative process that goes into making a painting or sculpture. And this woman who has worked on a standing desk for a few years notices that just like an artist must move around and sometimes rearrange their work, the same is true for most of us when we are at work—and a standing desk is better for doing that visual rearranging than a sitting one.

Not to toot our own horns here, but we all know that PowerPoint presentations, especially when they are done well, are works of art! Like any great artist, that means sometimes it is a good idea to step away from our screen and survey the scene. If you have a projector handy, it could even be a good idea to take this a step further and project your presentation and watch it the same way your audience will. When you are working from a standing desk you have the benefit of being able to step away in the same manner that Leonardo da Vinci stepped away from the Mona Lisa while he was painting her, and look at your work from the perspective of a viewer and see what is happening in the presentation. Ask yourself if the color palette you have chosen for the presentation looks good. See if maybe the intro slide you wrote is a little bit too wordy or perhaps it can use some better visuals? When you are able to step back from your presentation you can make observations that you would otherwise miss if you were doing all of your work from a sitting position, so give this a try when you use a standing desk for the first time.

The Standing Desk we Recommend

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At Presentation Panda we use a standing desk called the Rocket Mission Evolve Desk Top w/ Jarvis Frame. While there are many standing desks out there to choose from, what makes this desk extra special is the fact that the top features three drawers made of solid maple, and birch plywood. This is really nice because it allows for storage and also makes the desk look much more like a traditional sit down desk. The desk is a bit pricey ($1,785) but the quality and craftsmanship really stands out from all the rest. We have been using this desk for a few months now and absolutely love it!

Conclusion

Standing desks, as you can see, might be the key to unleashing your PowerPoint presentation potential. They provide you with a different visual perspective and enable you to step back and consider your work from your audience’s point of view, as well as give you more energy and focus since you are not sitting down.

Are you already using a standing desk to get your work done? What are some differences you have noticed? How do you think it has affected your presentations? Let me know what you think and please try to be as specific as possible. Sound off in the comments below!

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23
nov

10 Ingredients For A Perfect Presentation

Presentation Design Tips - 10 Ingredients to a perfect presentationIf you are giving an important presentation, common sense dictates that you avoid making certain mistakes. You should know better than using a bunch of different fonts and designs that clash. You should know not to lose track of your focus, and stay on point to maximize the precious presentation time allotted to you. And so on, and so forth.

But sometimes, telling people what not to do when it comes to presentation design format or their presentation layout is simply not enough. Sometimes, people need to be told what factors will help them create the perfect presentation. If you want to make the perfect presentation, look no further for guidance on this topic. The following is a simple list of ten ingredients for a perfect presentation.

If you have an important presentation to do in the future and want to leave your best impression with your audience, consider these elements and incorporate them into your work, then let us know how it goes!

#1. Make your presentation easy on the eye

Before you even step onto the stage, or stand up at the head of the conference room table, your presentation will be won or lost in the planning stage. When you put metaphorical pen to paper and draw up your presentation, you need to be sure that you are creating a presentation that looks great and does not confuse your audience. If making PowerPoint presentations make you nervous, fear not! There are plenty of free templates out there for the design-queasy amongst us, which means not having to worry about whether or not a certain font matches the background or color scheme. If you are a bit more confident in your design skills, focus on creating presentation slides that are bold, simple, and visually arresting. Simplicity has been a buzzword in graphic design for the past few years now so if you focus on minimalist design attributes such as unadorned text, minimalist images or vectors, and hi-res photos that complement your color scheme and font choices, your presentation is guaranteed to make a very positive impression right from the start. When your presentation looks good, your audience is definitely more likely to follow every word that comes out of your mouth.

#2. Get yourself psyched!

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You know what they say: It’s not what you sell that’s important, it’s how you sell it. The same principle applies with a presentation, no matter what the topic or the audience. You are selling you as much as you are the given topic. Before you go onstage and deliver your presentation, you should be doing whatever it is that you do that puts you in a positive and energetic mindset. Take fifteen minutes before going on to squeeze in a quick bout of meditation. Go for a run the morning of your presentation and get your blood flowing. Drink a highly caffeinated and slightly toxic energy beverage of your choice. Listen to your favorite Eminem album. Whatever it takes to get in the zone, get there. Imagine being in an audience where the speaker strides onto the stage with purpose in her step and a gleam in her eye, her voice carrying strongly—without being too loud—through the room. Wouldn’t you be hanging off the edge of your seat before she even got started? You need to aim for that same presence when you deliver your presentation. Turn heads with your energy; capture people’s imagination.

#3. Make some noise for yourself!

At most conferences you will be introduced, and the audience will look forward to hearing your story. So make sure to actually give them a bit of background about who you are! Not only do they deserve to know who you are and why they are paying to hear you talk (or possibly paying to invest in your startup), telling them a little bit about who you are will help create a genuine, authentic bond with them. It does not have to be much—just a sentence or two, perhaps about how you know the main presenter or how you came to be the foremost expert in your field. Tell people why your background matters so that it properly establishes you as an authority on the subject you are about to talk about. That framing makes it easier for people to accept your expertise on a subject, so they are more likely to pay attention to your presentation and heed whatever call to action you may give them at the end.

#4. Invite your audience to be friends

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These days people are so obsessed with building their social media presence online that they forget to seize the opportunity when it comes their way in real life! I’ve seen too many presentations where someone completely forgets to mention where they can be followed on Twitter or what their blog URL is. Or in many cases where a presenter does allude to their social media presence, it may be for a brief moment at the very end of the presentation, almost as an afterthought. Social media is crucial to building your business—why would you neglect this fantastic chance to reach out to notable professionals or potential clients in your industry? The next time you give a presentation, show your relevant social media info, such as your Twitter handle, Facebook page, or company website, at least twice during the presentation. Once at the beginning—right after you’ve introduced yourself, when people are fully paying attention to you—and once at the end. Give people an incentive, too, to following you, so that it does not just sound like you are sad and lonely and need more Twitter followers. Explain that if people want to learn more great tips about XYZ they should definitely follow you online for great articles and links to other industry-specific websites. If you remind your audience of the reward that comes with following you on social media you will definitely see a tangible payoff in terms of followers in the hours and days following your presentation.

#5. Tell stories, not case studies

Don’t get me wrong: Case studies are a super important aspect of a good presentation. Oftentimes data tells the story. But you should think of it the other time around. Let a story tell your data! People love stories; we’ve been telling them since cavemen sat around campfires thousands of years ago and bragged about who killed the biggest wooly mammoth. The best presentations I have attended didn’t really feel like presentations. They were more like stories, with some relevant and insightful data thrown in here or there. The whole audience was captivated, and at the very end everyone sort of remembered that this was actually a presentation, not a poetry reading. If you need to explain something to an audience see if you can translate it into a story, an anecdote, or even a joke. If you need to convey information then tie that information to a story; anything to keep people interested in what you have to say. If you can make your audience laugh, even better!

#6. Make em laugh!

And that brings us to the next important point. Humor is such a fundamental part of human communication. Why it was decided in corporate boardrooms that humor didn’t belong in the workplace was a huge error that we are only just beginning to realize. So liberate yourself from the shackles of boring, monotonous presentations and shake things up a bit! Loosen those ties, let down those ponytails, and tell a joke, or relate a funny story that has to do with your presentation. Not every single talking point of your presentation needs to be linear. Allow for a humorous tangent to keep people smiling and in a good mood. You know why that’s so important? Because people are better at listening to you when they are having a good time.

#7. Get your audience as involved as possible

Laughter is one way to engage with your audience—after all, they are getting involved with you by giving a loud and clear response that they are listening to what you are saying and loving it! But there are other ways to facilitate audience participation. You can briefly ask them a basic question about your topic, especially one that is related to them. People love to think about themselves, so if you start a (relevant) question by asking “When was the last time you . . .” or “How does _____ make you feel about _____,” you will keep them focused and happy to keep listening to what you have to say.

#8. Check your timing

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No matter how good or funny your presentation is, you have to keep it within the allotted amount of time. Rather than be discouraged by having a limit on time, look at it as a facilitator for covering only the most important subjects within your presentation topic. In fact, whatever your time limit is, you should aim to finish at least five or ten minutes early. This will allow your audience to ask you questions—or for you to ask them questions—and to clear up any potential misunderstandings. The most important thing to remember about a time limit is that you are not given 20 or 30 minutes to fill with you talking. Your goal is to give a great talk, not to speak for a certain amount of time—and those are two very different things.

#9. Provide a practical takeaway

At the end of your talk try to think about something specific you can give your audience which they can apply in a practical way as soon as they get back to work. This accomplishes two very important goals:

1) It rewards your audience for taking valuable time to listen to your, and ensures that they will be eager to attend the next speaking engagement you have

2) It keeps your presentation at the forefront of their consciousness, even after it has already concluded.

The truth is, as inspiring as a story can be, if the implication is that to accomplish XYZ you need to focus a ton of hours or follow thirty steps to achieve said goal, no one will be so interested in what you have to say. But if you preface a story or a major talking point by saying something like “But you can apply this very easily tomorrow by doing the following,” you will find that people are more eager to listen to you and will be more likely to do what you say.

#10. Reiterate ONE key point

Unfortunately, a lot of presentations suffer from information overload. This is when you have so many important details—or at least, in your mind they seem important—that you cram you presentation with what seems like lots of really good info. The sad truth is that no matter how engaging you try to be, most people can’t really absorb everything you have to say. You might just be one of five speakers they see that day, they might be suffering from a chronic lack of sleep, or maybe they find your tie to be really distracting. Assuming that your audience will only take away one major point from your presentation, what would you like it to be? Tailor your talk so that you keep returning to that one crucial idea again and again during your presentation, so that way your audience will actually remember something you said once you’ve finished speaking. Ideally, this one point corresponds neatly with whatever actionable bit of input you give as well.

Conclusion

So, now you should have a better idea of how to deliver a dynamic and awe-inspiring presentation that grabs your audience’s attention and inspires them with practical advice to input into their lives or careers.

What will you do differently for your next big presentation? Let me know what you think and please try to be as specific as possible. Sound off in the comments below!

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08
nov

9 Presentation Dos and Don’ts to Beat Your Competition

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There is nothing more exciting than presenting your pitch to a group of VC investors, your customers, or fellow colleagues in your industry. Conversely, there is also nothing more terrifying than getting up in front of a big audience and knowing that what you say or do in the next ten minutes could make or break your career. So many possibilities are present, and that is why it is up to you to optimize your PowerPoint presentation to woo your audience and make them excited about what you can offer them. Whether you have the next big app to pitch, offer the cure to cancer and world hunger, or perhaps just want to share some of your favorite recipes with some friends (although there are probably better ways of doing so than using PowerPoint), you will definitely benefit by keeping these nine dos and don’ts in mind when you create your presentation. And most importantly, you will beat the competition!

Presentation Dos

Craft one sentence that sums up your proposal and wins over your audience

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Any good copywriter will tell you that if you can’t sum up your idea in one sentence, you probably will not go very far. When it comes to delivering a great presentation, the same is true. Sure, there will be room for exploring some of your key ideas in depth. But especially at the beginning of your presentation and also once in your conclusion, you need to be able to condense all your brilliant ideas into one concise and perfectly weighted sentence. This sentence will be the bedrock of your presentation and at the core of the content you offer up to your audience.

Here are just a few good examples of what that might sound like:

  • “This plugin has helped our current clients see their conversion rates increase by 20%.”
  • “Using our software has enabled local businesses to save $10 million in annual online marketing campaigns.”
  • “My strawberry rhubarb pie is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth and make you feel happy.”

You get the idea—practice writing a few sentences that sum up your message. If you’re still having trouble with it, remember to ask yourself what your audience would want to hear.

Use stunning, beautiful images to inspire your audience, but don’t let them distract from your presentation, either.

One of my favorite moments about designing presentation slides is when I create the presentation design scheme and have to curate a set of images that will complement the topic at hand. In case you have been under a rock, there are so many different, amazing free image databases where you can download commercially available, hi-res photos and images to use in your presentation.
You should definitely go ahead and use an image every slide or so to help set the tone, emphasize your ideas, or simply to provide visual relief against your text. But you should also take care to not go too overboard when you select an image to use in your presentation.

It is a good idea to pick images that match the theme of your presentation, both in terms of the topic at hand and also in terms of the aesthetic. If you are offering a premium service and want to be taken seriously, you want to use images that convey the seriousness of your brand. Likewise, if you are positioning your company as a disruptive, revolutionary force in the market, you want your images selection to reflect that—go for bright or bold colors as well as strong vertical lines when looking for the right image. For more tips on how to pick images for your slides click here.

Whenever possible, use subtle visual cues to express ideas

Such a great way to reduce useless verbiage is to express ideas visually rather than with words. What does that actually mean, in practice? Think of your slide as an infographic, and try designing it accordingly. For example, use icons to illustrate an idea, or insert one or two arrows pointing to the next body of content to guide your audience along visually as you move from one idea to the next. If you do this properly, your presentation will look much less cluttered and you will also be able to save valuable time explaining concepts to your audience because they will already be depicted on the slide. Some other great visual concepts that will help you out include highlighting important ideas in bold, using different colors for key words, or blurring background images to emphasize content in the foreground.

Use the Goldilocks ratio of words – not too many, not too few, just right

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A big problem with presentations is that people sometimes get a little too aggressive with their words. All of a sudden, what was supposed to be a quick and short bullet list of three major product features becomes a seemingly endless essay. Before you know it, your audience is asleep and you basically failed.

Generally speaking, less is more, especially when you are writing slides for a presentation. A good tip to follow is to write a complete slide, then review it and take out 20% of the words. Then go over, read your presentation again, and do the same thing one more time, subtracting another 20% of the copy. This will help you achieve a much leaner format and ensure that your ideas are honed into the finest points possible.

On the other hand, it is also crucial to remember not to be too zealous about cutting words. Don’t become some savage word slayer, either! While it is tempting to piece together minimally-constructed talking points, you are not writing a haiku, either.

Use the language your customers are using

This is one of the most underrated ideas in copywriting and sales in general, and there is no reason why you can’t do it with your slide. So do it! The benefits to using the language that your customers, or even your competitors’ customers, language, to describe the features of your product or services are multiple.

First of all, it is always easier to let someone else do the heavy leg work for you, so using language swiped directly from testimonials or product reviews will save you a lot of time (and probably money if you normally pay someone to write your slides). But using customer language is also a really effective way to appeal directly to your audience. Nothing will sound more convincing than reflecting the same words (edited for clarity, of course) right back at your clientele. It will make your audience feel like you empathize with them and are paying attention to their problems. Which, let’s not forget, is the major reason why you are in business in the first place: because you are offering a solution to a problem that other people have. If you write your presentation slides with your customers’ actual words—or at least keep them strongly in mind—it will send a strong and positive message that you listen and you care.

Presentation Don’ts

Don’t overdo it with fancy fonts and designs—if in doubt, stick to a minimalist, flat-design aesthetic.

People get a little too design-happy with their presentation slides sometimes; it’s just a fact of life. But it is important to not get too carried away with all the different choices available. There are plenty of really great sources for free fonts that you can use to design beautiful and functional presentation slides. For starters, Adobe Typekit is an excellent resource for downloading elegant fonts that are sure to impress your audience. If you are going to combine multiple fonts, you can check out the marvelous, 100% free app Type Genius, which creates font matches made in Heaven. If you want something a little bit more bold and daring, you can also peruse the lovely variety of fonts on display at Font Squirrel, where all fonts are free, downloadable, and available for commercial use. Here are some nice fonts to get you started.

As for design, there are plenty of great design trends that you should consider following if you are stuck for ideas. Try to stick with balanced color palettes when you create your presentation design scheme because a color combination palette that’s all over the spectrum will be too uncomfortable to lay your eyes upon. A great way to avoid messing up your color selection process is to use the Adobe Color Wheel. While it’s fine to use a few symbols or other graphic design elements to embellish your work, don’t get too aggressive with them—let your words and images speak for themselves. You should also take care to avoid clashing styles from one slide to the next; the more visually unified your presentation appears, the more professional it will look. And the more professional your presentation looks, the better your chances at delivering a winning pitch, convincing customers, or impressing your colleagues (maybe all three).

Don’t lose track of your focus.

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There is a great TED talk that you should watch if you ever want to remind yourself why you’re doing what you do. It’s by a guy named Simon Sinek, and it’s called “Start with Why.” Your presentation should answer the question of why—not necessarily each bullet point, but certainly there should be a consistent and overarching answer. Why are you in business? Why is your product or service better than what the competition is offering? Why is your recipe for apple pie so much better than anyone else’s in the neighborhood?

Asking yourself this question will keep your presentation focused like a laser beam on delivering you to your goal, whatever it may be. Why are you reading this article? Because maybe you needed a reminder of how to create a great presentation, obviously! Ask “why” for each slide you add to your presentation and make sure you can answer it—because if you can’t then your audience won’t be able to either.

Don’t forget to talk about you.

Your audience wants to know who is behind those great ideas you are sharing with them. So do not hesitate to share your story and give yourself a bit of character to help paint a fuller picture of your company or product. These days, who you are is almost as important as what you’re selling, so take the chance to write a quick intro slide that tells your audience who you are and why you decided that you wanted to do whatever it is that you’re doing. Introduce your team if you have one, and give them a quick dose of the spotlight as well. Putting faces to names is a great way to persuade people to work with you or choose your product, so if your audience knows a bit more about you that might prove to be a difference-maker.

Don’t freak out too much!

Keep calm and if you have any doubts, remember that there are tons of other great presentation resources for you here at Presentation Panda. And don’t forget, you didn’t get this far by luck. So hold your head high, follow these tips, and you’ll surely get the results you are looking for.

Conclusion

Coming up with a better, clearer presentation to win over your audience shouldn’t be so daunting anymore, should it? With the right application you can design beautiful and compelling slides that tell your story and beat the competition.

When you design your slide for a big presentation, what are some steps that you take to ensure that you are delivering the best possible pitch? Are there any design dos and don’ts you’d like to share? Let me know what you think below and please try to be as specific as possible. Sound off in the comments below!

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