I thought it would be helpful to create a “starter pack” resource page that you can always come to for all of your presentation needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
Note: The following resources are some of my personal favorites. However, they are just a FRACTION of the material covered in Slides Made Simple (my personally written guide to designing captivating presentations that includes over 80 design resources!). Slides Made Simple will show you how to create awesome slides that will win over the hearts of your audience every single time! Click Here to Get Instant Access!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your presentation goals.
Graphic River: 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! 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.
Professional Presentation Templates do the following:
Save Time – With a purchased template you can focus more on honing your message and less on building a template framework.
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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.
Below is a SlideShare that has some of my favorite professionally designed presentation templates. You can click on any of the templates in the SlideShare to see more details about a specific template.
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Font Squirrel: Finding awesome fonts for your presentations just got easy, thanks to Font Squirrel. Font Squirrel has done the hard work, hand-selecting fonts and presenting them in an easy-to-use format. Here are some of our favorites:
Deposit Photos: Choosing the right stock photography site to use for your presentations can be a bit overwhelming, since there are many different options and plans available. Deposit Photos is the stock photography site that I have a personal subscription to. They have a really affordable pricing structure (a 3 MP image costs only $2, which is the lowest price around). On top of that, they offer a FREE trial subscription which gives you seven days to test the website out for free (5 images per day).