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20
feb

5 Clever Ways to Present Data Effectively in PowerPoint (With Awesome Examples)

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Unless you’re numbers oriented, looking at data is very BORING. That’s why it’s your job to make the data not boring!

To help get you on the right path, we are going to cover 5 smart tips on how to present data effectively in your next PowerPoint presentation.

Believe it or not, beyond trying to help people fall in love, Match.com has made us fall in love with their data presentation skills based on their recent ppt survey report, Singles in America, which presents insightful data about singles, dating, and more.

Let’s go through some slides examples from their survey presentation and discuss what they did right!

PowerPoint Data Visualization Tip #1 – Mix and Match

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Looking at their slides, we love the way they mixed up their presentation of the data, using numbers on one side and a simple chart on the other. It flows really nicely, and they make sense together, but it mixes up the style just enough to keep you engaged.

Charts can be super helpful – they are great for when you are trying to talk while your audience is looking at the slide. You can use them as a visual aid to complement what you are talking about, instead of the text on the slide competing with the words coming out of your mouth.

Charts are also often a very clear way to present your data because the visual cues are a lot easier to get across. You can use a couple nice colors to make it stand out, and easily compare things like profits across years or responses across different ages. That kind of stuff is hard (and boring) to present using just text.

But not all data is like that. You see in the slide above that they are highlighting numbers from just one group, or results from a single question. This is an excellent example of how to present numbers in an interesting way. It looks great to have the text with the number highlighted by being a bit bigger. Those are some impressive stats, too, which draws the eye right to it – 270% is quite the attention-getter.

But to mix things up on the other side of the slide, they presented the data in a simple donut chart. It’s a really nice visual contrast to the left half of the slide and makes the slide as a whole way more inviting and engaging. Wouldn’t you agree?

As a side note, we also love their overall presentation on the slide here. The text both complements the slide and stands out, and they used one of our tips that we recommend in this article about how to overlay text on an image: the white text on a transparent shape technique. It allows the image to still show, but be more in the background, and really lets the text pop. It is an easy way to use an image that is super relevant, but too busy to put text directly on.

PowerPoint Data Visualization Tip #2 – Avoid the PPT Default Trap

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Sure, the PowerPoint default chart is easy. But it is also boring, and you are better than that!

For all the effort you put into creating amazing slides, you do not want to just slap your results into a basic, default chart (with the same tired default color scheme) and be done with it. You want to go beyond the standard PowerPoint chart defaults and look for CREATIVE ways to display your information.

If you look, you will see that there are defaults for everything; there are even PowerPoint presentation templates for surveys. But who wants to present their survey the way everyone else is?

Using the default charts is easy, sure. But it just does not look that great – it takes a little more effort to make them look awesome. Expert presentation designers always find a way to go above and beyond the standard formatting that PowerPoint provides.

Taking a look at our example, notice how the pie charts have their own unique style to them. The minimalist style, with the larger yellow portion representing the results, contrasted against the smaller blue portion, is fantastic and very unique. There is also no data shown on the chart itself, but instead, it is shown in large bold font in the text underneath the chart.

Even when they present the data in the text underneath the pie charts, they keep it simple. They only highlight the important portion, and when they reference the percentage, the font color is the same as the corresponding part of the chart. The minimalist text really complements the overall simple presentation.

We definitely do not mean simple in the way that we refer to the PowerPoint default charts here. For sure, these took some work to make them look this great. The difference here is that the design is purposefully simple and clear, to enhance the presentation and make it easy to scan and get the key takeaways quickly. Ultimately, it is simple for the audience, not for you. But it is so worth it!

Another thing we love is their use of color. Notice how bright and fun the slide looks. They used colors that contrast beautifully (teal and yellowish orange) with the white text, which was an excellent choice. If you love these color choices but are a little confused at how to do that yourself, check out our list of tips on how to pick colors for your PowerPoint presentation.

PowerPoint Data Visualization Tip #3 – Sometimes the Best Chart is No Chart

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We know, that seems like kind of a funny tip on a list about how to present data effectively in PowerPoint – your mind kind of automatically jumps to charts and graphs – but just hang in there.

This is a bit of the “less is more” kind of advice. Sometimes all you need is the data highlights and a nice way of presenting them on the slide.

Look at the example slide for this – notice that there is no chart showing the proportions or anything. Really, it’s just a few stacked boxes with some text and numbers. If you’re wondering how to present numbers in PowerPoint, this is it. The background image helps a lot because it relates to their biggest finding, so it is relevant and creates interest.

Also, notice that there are only three data points on the slide. We bet the survey included a lot more answer choices – but who cares? The presentation designer probably ignored those on purpose. But why?

But why?

It is likely that they understand their data, they understand their audience, and they know that they just need to focus on the most important findings. Is the audience really going to care if 2% of singles got the best results when they flirted at their local zoo? The audience does not really care about the lower numbers because they want to know what to do and where to go to have the most success. These are the most important results, so those are what are shown on the slide. This is the type of survey results PowerPoint example that shows how you can really edit down the data and make the slide look great.

Do you feel like something is missing from their presentation? We don’t! We get the message, it is easy to read through and understand quickly. This is the information we want to know, we don’t need a complicated bar chart showing the percentage of EVERY option presented in the survey.

Also, as a quick tip, you may notice that the percentage of the three answers adds up to more than 100%. This means that they let their audience choose more than one option, which means it would not work as a pie chart even if you wanted it to.

When you have data like that, where the audience was allowed to choose more than one and your audience really only cares about a portion of the findings, a simple numerical presentation like this is the simplest and most effective.

PowerPoint Data Visualization Tip #4 – Think Outside the Box

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We know the phrase “think outside the box” is an overused buzz word but you really should be thinking outside the box and having fun with presenting your data.

Before you go running for the standard bar chart or pie chart, do a little brainstorming to think about some potential ideas of how presenting your data could be a little more UNIQUE.

It is geographical, like the example above? A map is an easy reference point, and it is just as easy to see what they are trying to get across. If your data is about a group of people, try using icons to represent them instead of the bar in the bar chart. There are all sorts of fun ways you can play with your data. Data visualization in PowerPoint doesn’t have to mean graphs! This is a really fun way to turn your survey results into presentations that are interesting and fun.

You can see in our example that it looks so much cooler than something you would see in a typical bar chart. We all know the map of the U.S. pretty well, and we know where we live. It is easy to see where those locations are, and they have them labeled on the right for clarity as well.

Of course, don’t go extreme with it:

We’re not saying you should always avoid charts – sometimes charts are genuinely the best choice for your data. All we are saying is to think about how you can present your data well. This especially applies if you have a ton of data to present (which is sometimes unavoidable) because bar chart after bar chart is going to put your audience to sleep. Experiment with different styles and colors and images to keep it interesting!

PowerPoint Data Visualization Tip #5 – Overlay Data Onto Images

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A super cool way to make your data look awesome is to find images that match the topic of your data and overlay your data onto the image. This will immediately cue the audience into what you are talking about, and help them remember it – and of course, it will look great!

Look at the slide for this example. The theme of the slide is communication, so the data is presented over the length of the megaphone image in the background.

This image is even a little more clever than that because it is talking about annoying dating advice. Who is more annoying than that guy with a megaphone, shouting useless cliches about love at you? This checks all the boxes for us.

Of course, creating slides like this takes a bit of effort. You have to find just the right image to work with your data and layout, and there are a lot of factors that go into that. On top of being relevant, it has to be high quality, with enough white space to write on, and not too busy to distract from the information. We know, it is quite a list of demands!

The end results, though, are worth it. If you pull it off, you’ve got an awesome and engaging slide with a clever visual cue sitting in the background. It’s really one of the best ways to present data in PowerPoint.

Conclusion

Presenting data in PowerPoint is fun stuff, right?

Hopefully, after reading this list of some of the best ways to present data in PowerPoint, you agree with us that it can be!

There are definitely a lot of things to keep in mind when you are putting data into your slide, but it is all in the spirit of creating a great presentation: make it beautiful, clear, and interesting.

Data is a part of that, and it is always worth it to put in some time into making sure it fits those criteria.

Here’s my question to you:

How do you feel about presenting numbers in PowerPoint? Do you use the standard bar charts and pie charts, or do you make it all your own? Or do you do a combination of both? Also, do you have any data visualization tips we missed or resources that really help you out? We would love to know what they are! Share them in the comments below.

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21
aug

How to CRUSH Your Job Interview Presentation … and Get Hired!

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As if a job interview isn’t stressful enough,  you’ve been asked to give a PRESENTATION to a whole panel of interviewers.

Seriously?!? Who thought of this brilliant idea? (insert sarcastic voice here)

But when you think about it, it’s pretty normal nowadays to have to give a presentation when you go to a job interview.

I’ve been in a lot of interview presentations over the years and I can tell you that if you prepare well and come in with an awesome-looking presentation not only will your presentation go great but your ENTIRE interview will be 10x times easier!

So, how do you go about creating a beautiful presentation that knocks the socks of your interview panel?

It’s actually quite simple!

Just follow these FIVE job interview presentation tips and you will crush your interview presentation faster than you can say “you’re hired!”

Let’s begin!

Interview Presentation Tip #1: Do Plenty of Research on the Company You’re Interviewing For

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Before you even open up PowerPoint you first need to do some extensive research on the company you are interviewing for.

This means it’s time to put on your Sherlock Holme’s hat and start your investigation …

Here you really need to know what your company’s industry is all about including things like:

  • The latest trends
  • The latest news
  • The latest challenges or issues

You also want to know what is going on within the company as well:

  • What kind of products do they sell?
  • What are their services?
  • Who are their customers?
  • What have they achieved?
  • What are the problems or issues they are dealing with?

The goal here is to know as much about the company as possible.

You want to come across as knowledgeable about the company and the reason why you want to know all that stuff above is that when give the presentation you have to talk about guess what … the company!

Remember, when you’re doing an interview the focus should really be on the company and what value you will add to the company.

It’s also a good idea to find out the knowledge or expertise level of your audience. Your HR contact should be able to provide you with that info. Will your audience consist of your colleagues, bosses, or potential clients? Knowing this will help you determine how to pitch your presentation, what focus you should take, and what tone will be most appropriate.

Interview Presentation Tip #2: Present Your Strengths That Are Related to the Company

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Beyond doing your homework on the company your next challenge is to know your own strengths that are related to the company.

The big question you need to answer here is:

What can you do that will help the company to either improve or get over those problems or challenges that you identified in your research?

You may want to consider adding a slide or two (like the slide above from our professional “Influencer” presentation Template) that talks about your background and previous roles that relate to job description.

Interview Presentation Tip #3: Structure Your Presentation Using the “PCS Format”

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Once you’ve identified the purpose and key message of your presentation, you then need to structure it.

Developing a clear structure will help you stay on point and help your audience follow you.

The best way to structure your interview presentation is to use the “PCS” format:

P – Stands for problem

C – Stands for consequences

S – Stands for solution

So let’s start with the problem:

When you give your presentation to your potential employer you want to begin by identifying a problem or challenge that the company is currently facing or maybe a problem that they will face in the future as they move forward with one of their goals.

Next you want to talk about the consequences:

Here you want to talk about what happens if a particular goal is not achieved or the consequences of failing in some way. In other words, you want to show them that if they don’t do/achieve _____ then _____ is what could happen.

The final part is to talk about a solution:

Here you want to outline very clearly what you think the company should do.

Keep in mind that when you talk about your solution it doesn’t have to be right. In other words, it doesn’t have to be a perfect solution that you guarantee is going to work.

Instead, what you are trying to show here is that you are CREATIVE and a PROBLEM SOLVER. You want to show the company that you know what they are going through and what they will go through if they don’t solve the problem and how they could possibly achieve the result that they want.

Interview Presentation Tip #4: Make a Beautiful PowerPoint Presentation

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If you have been following our weekly presentation tips, you have been presented with a ton of design tips to create awesome slides.

No matter how exceptional a public speaker you are, almost all presentations benefit tremendously from awesome-looking slides. All of these slides can be created directly in PowerPoint.

To save tons of time and make sure your design looks awesome you may want to invest in a professional presentation template.

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.

Regardless of whether you are going to download a professional 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:

1) Consistency is key. Make sure all of your colors, fonts, font sizes, and graphical treatment stays consistent throughout the entire slide deck.

2) Delete or hide distracting elements that are not essential to the key point you are making on the slide.

3) Less is more. Enough said!

Of course, these are just a few tips. For a complete arsenal of presentation design tips and resources that will turn you into a PowerPoint pro click here.

Interview Presentation Tip #5: Nail the Delivery of Your Presentation

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A great delivery of your presentation begins before you even walk in the room. Here are some great tips for making sure your delivery goes well:

1) Don’t forget the interview basics – dress professionally, carry yourself with confidence, and wear a smile on your face.

2) Pay attention to your body language – You should ideally be standing as you speak. This way your audience can see your gestures, stance, and confidence.

4) Speak with confidence – Make eye contact with different members of the audience to draw them in and engage them in what you’re saying. Remind yourself to take a few deep breaths at various points—this will help you stay calm, and will also naturally slow your speech a bit (most people tend to speak quickly when giving a presentation).

3) Start your presentation with a bang – make sure start your presentation like a pro so that you audience is engaged and excited right from the beginning.

4) Know your audience – are you presenting to senior executives or lower level managers? For both audiences your presentation has to rock but senior executives will want your key points driven home even faster!

Conclusion

So those were my five tips for doing great in your next job interview presentation.

Presentations are always nerve-wracking, but it’s important to keep in mind that your interview panel wants you to succeed. They invited you to the interview because they think you have something to offer, and they want to see more. Follow the presentation tips above and show them exactly what you can bring to the table!

Here’s my question for you …

What has worked really well for you with an interview that has involved a presentation?

Lastly, do you have a friend that could benefit from how to succeed with an interview presentation? If so, email them the link to this post.

Thanks for sharing and be sure to post this article on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or your other favorite social media spot using the sharing buttons to the left!

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14
feb

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.

 

Parralax Scrolling - Why work with us - Animated GIF
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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Our Process Animation - Animated GIF
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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dec

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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jul

How to Pick a Killer Theme for Your Presentation in 5 Easy Steps

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You do not normally give it much thought, but pretty much every app you use, every restaurant you walk into, and even every presentation slideshow you put together is designed around a central theme.

At least, every good presentation is. Like many aesthetic features, a presentation theme is something that you should be able to know is intuitively right or wrong just by looking at it. A business presentation about mutual funds should probably have an understated theme with neutral colors and no-nonsense designs, and (hopefully) you don’t need me to tell you that. Likewise, if you’re creating a presentation about a more light-hearted topic such as the top ten summer travel destinations in the USA, you can afford to have a more whimsical theme.

What exactly is a theme, though, and why is it so important? A theme encompasses everything from font, images, colors, layout, formatting, and even to a certain extent the content that you put on display in a presentation. It might seem simple on paper to pick a theme, but in practice a lot of thought goes into the process.

Once you have landed on a theme to use in your presentation, making decisions on how to design your slides becomes much easier. All you have to do is ask yourself “does this aspect of my theme {such as font or color) fit into the broader whole?” If yes, then you should incorporate it—if not, then toss it out.

While some people have the supernatural ability to wing it and come up with tastefully curated themes where everything from the header font to the hyperlink color is in harmony, most of us can use a little help. We need structure, we need influences, and we need a map to guide us. Luckily there are tons of tools out there to help make choosing a good theme for your presentation easy. Whether you are creating a presentation, a website, a painting, a blueprint for an architect, a book cover, or anything else visual, it is fundamental to have a central theme at the heart of your plans. This is where the concept of creating a theme comes in handy, and this is what you’ll learn about today!

Step #1: Brainstorm Creative Ideas

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The first step to creating a beautiful, cohesive theme is to brainstorm anything and everything that comes to mind. Writing down creative ideas that express the concept you are trying to present will allow you to open up a stream of all sorts of themes to utilize in your work. So grab a piece of paper or a tablet or a whiteboard marker—whatever it is that you use to record the thoughts in your head—and start brainstorming.

Occasionally people make the mistake of assuming that when they brainstorm ideas they should come up with lots of fancy, near-perfect concepts. This is a mistake! When you are in the initial phase of creating ideas you should pretty much be writing whatever comes to mind—it can seem completely ridiculous and maybe it is, but it is a great way for your brain to warm up and start visualizing the A+ material you will use when designing your own them.

It’s normal to have a lot of lackluster ideas when you’re in the brainstorming phase, but even if you have some pretty weird ideas that seem useless, they might lead to the right idea in the end.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the brainstorming phase:

  • Don’t spend too much time stuck inside. Going out for a walk, or just to get a breath of fresh air, really can make a difference. Bring a notepad or your phone with you to jot down any ideas that come to your head while you’re putting extra oxygen into your head.
  • Get some exercise! Do a few pushups or a few basic stretches to get the blood moving. If I’m hitting a creative wall I’ll strike up a few yoga poses in my office before designing slides for clients
  • Consider changing environments. Richard Branson suggests brainstorming in creative environments that energize you and make you think differently. Depending on the kind of person you are, that might mean going down to your local beach or river and taking a seat, or it might mean finding a spacious café with lots of natural light and an excellent cup of espresso.

You should not have any trouble brainstorming some great themes if you keep these ideas in mind.

Step #2: Create a Design Mood Board

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After you have brainstormed to your heart’s content it is finally time to create a mood board. Think of a mood board as a collage of different design inspirations that reflect your brainstorming ideas. It does not have to be organized in a certain way or have a completely fluid set of themes—maybe in one corner you will have a cluster of fonts that you like for the body of the slide, but immediately adjacent to them you have a few choice filtered images that will make for a beautiful cover page and set the tone and theme for your presentation. A mood board will let you know what the look, feel, and tone of your project’s theme will be, in a more tangible form. It should basically look like a stream of your thoughts, put together in front of you. Inspiration for your mood board can come from anywhere; think of it as a roadmap that shows where your project will end up.

Finding inspiration for your mood board is pretty easy. You can start out by looking at some of the ideas you have brainstormed and then go looking for images, designs, font styles, and more online. Some great resources for inspiration are Dribble, Note and Point, Design Inspiration, and SlideShare, which I personally use all the time when curating presentation images. Of course, it can never hurt to check out images on sites such as Flickr, Google Images, and even stock image sites and Getty Images; you never know what might strike a bulb inside your head.

Presentation Design Tips - Free Resource - GoToMoodBoard.com

To create a mood board, some people might prefer to use Pinterest, while others may prefer to use a professional mood board tool such as GoMoodBoard. There are tons and tons of great mood board websites out there and if you want to have access to as many of them as possible, here are sixteen great tools for creating the perfect mood board.

If you do not really feel like creating a fancy mood board (I don’t see why this would be a problem, but it’s your mood board, not mine) then you can simply use a screenshot tool such as Skitch (remember Skitch? We talked about it recently) and take quick screenshots of whatever catches your eye, then create a blank slide in PowerPoint or Microsoft Paint to paste your screen grabs and keep them handy.

What sort of content should you include in your mood board? Pretty much whatever you want, as long as it inspires you to find or create the perfect theme for your slides. Some basic features you should add to your mood board include fonts, colors, textures, photographs, patterns, GIFs, and other shiny things. Just like when you brainstorm, do not hold back with your mood board—make it open to all sorts of creative designs and themes and slowly but surely a more coherent single theme will begin to emerge.

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Step #3: Take Your Theme Out for a Test Drive

The next step after creating your mood board is to start placing the various features of your mood board in situ on your slides to see how they will look for your presentation. Once you have your mood board and color scheme created it is time to start playing around with the design of your slides.

Start out by creating a few slides and then take a pause to see if those slides reflect the direction that you want to go for your theme. Try starting out with the title page—probably the single most important place to start, since it sets the tone for the rest of your presentation—and build on from there. Also, put together one or two of your principal slides and see how they complement or play off of the title page. Switch around primary colors, try each of the fonts on your shortlist, see if the words you use look better in boldface, italics, or with standard weight. Decide if you are going to alternate your colors between slides or make them uniform. Depending on the kind of audience you are presenting to, you might also want to consider how your theme conforms to the topic at hand—if it’s a rather formal topic, think twice before you choose a font with curlicues or with jagged thorns covering each letter. If you are at a loss for what to choose, it probably means that the themes you have in front of you are not distinct enough from each other—there should be enough difference to distinguish one from another and get a clearer picture of what will look good and what will not.

Step#4: Get Feedback Early

Presentation Tips - Get Feedback on Your Theme Early

You might want to share these first couple slides with your team, your boss, etc. to get feedback. There is no point going further in the design process if your team isn’t digging your initial slides. And there is definitely nothing wrong with going back to the drawing board and making sure that your theme makes everyone happy.

Step #5: Build Your Slides

Presentation Design Tips - Consistency is Key

Once you have the green light from your fellow presentation collaborators it is time to put everything else in its place.

When you design your slides you need to be relentless in obeying your theme guidelines. If you have decided on Font X with a light blue background, do not compromise your theme for any reason and all of a sudden have a different font on a white background instead. Doing this will do nothing other than make your presentation look really bad and probably confuse your audience in the process.

As long as you remain consistent and keep steady to your theme your presentation will look fantastic. And if you do get stuck, you can always refer back to your mood board for more ideas. You should also not hesitate to consult with your fellow designers, boss, or whoever else has something at stake in your project.

Conclusion

Presentation Tips - Summary of How to Build a Killer Theme

Theme development is a challenging but ultimately enjoyable task; there is no reason not to have a great time flexing your creative muscles through the process of brainstorming ideas, curating a beautiful mood board that sets the tone for your slide, designing initial slides with feedback from your peers, and finally designing a beautiful, coherent slideshow that totally rocks.

If you have followed these five steps I am confident that your presentation’s theme will compliment what is sure to be a great presentation and make it look spectacular. If you have any doubts you can always double check and review these steps, and also consult some of our other articles here on Presentation Panda to make sure that you have the best presentation possible.

So, here’s my question for you:

Are there any other methods you use for creating a great presentation theme? Any other websites you use to come up with the perfect mood board that I missed? Let me know what you think below 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 the link to this post.

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