by Adam Noar
Our newest presentation “Slide Bandits” is now available on SlideShare.
Check it out. It’s got lots of awesome presentation design tips:
Slide Bandits is the story of 4 outlaws that are out to “rob” your next presentation. However, the slide deck is packed with plenty of tips, tools, and resources to help keep your presentation on the right path. In this post we will summarize the four main learnings from the Slide Bandits presentation. Follow these presentation design tips and take your slides to the next level.
1. Keep Your Text Short And Sweet
Use Less Text – People should be able to understand your slide in 3 seconds or less.
Make One Point Per Slide – Don’t bombard an audience with too many points all at once. Instead, spread your points out across multiple slides.
Don’t Use Boring Fonts – There are a lot of great fonts available online for download. Many of them are free. Don’t default to the standard fonts available in PowerPoint.
Play Around With Text – Your text doesn’t always have to be the same size and angle. Mix it up!
Remove Unnecessary Statistics – Complicated charts and graphs put people to sleep. Only present the key data points.
Loose The Lengthy Bullet Points – Bullet points are plain boring. If you MUST use them at least keep them to a maximum of three. Your audience won’t remember more than three points anyway.
2. Deliver Powerful Visuals
Loose The ClipArt And Cheesy Stock Images – Use powerful images that hit people on an emotional level. There are a lot of free images available for download. Just make sure you give the authors credit if you’re using their work commercially.
Use High Resolution Images – You might have found the greatest image in the world, but if it doesn’t have good resolution don’t use it. Nobody likes viewing grainy images on screen.
Take Screenshots – Use a screenshot tool to quickly snag pictures of your product, service, or idea.
Use A Consistent Set Of Images – Make sure ALL of your images fit within a common theme.
Use Icons – Icons are a great way to make your slides visual and minimize the text on your slide.
Create a Dynamic Cover Slide – Make sure your presentation starts with a bang by creating a powerful cover slide that grabs people’s attention.
Use Textures – Textures (wood, paint, etc.) can make great backgrounds for your slides. Just make sure that your text is legible if you use them.
Make Your Own Images – If you can’t find the image you’re looking for, you can make your own using Adobe Illustrator or PowerPoint.
3. Create an Attractive Color Scheme
Avoid Creating Rainbows – Create a color palette and stick with it. Using too many colors will make your slides look like a rainbow and your audience feel nauseous.
Use Contrast – Make sure your text is legible by picking colors that contrast one another.
Be Mindful Of A Colors Meaning – Color is emotional and conveys meaning. Make sure that the colors that you are using in your slides fits with your core message. For example, if you are talking about a serious or negative topic you might want to stay away from an upbeat color like yellow.
4. Design a Clean Layout
Design For Whitespace – Make sure that your slides have plenty of “breathing room” for your text and visual. If you find a great image that is lacking whitespace to you can try my “focused blur technique using PicMonkey” to instantly add more whitespace to the image.
Trash The Boring Templates – Ignore the standard PowerPoint templates. Instead, create your own custom template that matches the theme of your presentation.
Keep Things Nice And Neat – Make sure to align all of the elements on your slide so they are nice and neat. When things are not organized properly it moves your audience’s attention away from you.
Practice The Rule Of Three – Things presented in sets of three look better and are more memorable.
Make sure to check out Slide Bandits below
By following the above presentation design tips you will be able to create a presentation that truly stands out from the crowd.
Here’s my question for you …
What do you find to be the most difficult part of designing a presentation? Sound off with your comments below. I make sure to read and reply to every single one!
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