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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to create an awesome Presentation that stands out

You got a new project and want to communicate your team/users/resource management then the best way of communication is presentation. Presentation is the most effective way to communicate and share your thought with million of people in a limited period of time. A presentation can be any type: personal, profession, general purpose and many more. You can make your audience happy or being boring it depends upon you. I have attended so many presentation where people just talk about data that make boring for the audience. So don't put just data in your presentation. You can make your presentation fun by following below points:

Use high quality images 

Don't just put anything in the slide. Images are the most important part of a presentation. Use unique, creative images that describe what you want to convey to the audience. Audience connect image with words. Avoid using images that are unrelated to your content. As we know 'image says a thousand words' so use images in best possible manner.





Design your own background Themes
Don't just use inbuilt Microsoft PowerPoint design theme. If you use the inbuilt theme then your presentation will also look like any other presentation. Majority of people uses MS PowerPoint and it would not be difficult to recognize for them that you have also use the same theme and didn't put any effort to make it look different. Even if you are a non-designer still you can create something unique and different.




Make it simple
Don't stuff your presentation with lots of text and images. It will make your slide look like crap. It is recommended not to use more than 6 words on a slide. Keep your slide simple and easy to understand. Also avoid using cheesy images.



Use diagram and shapes
Diagram is the best way to convey information quickly. You can also use SmartArt shapes in MS PowerPoint. To make your diagram look attractive you can also add animation to it but make sure you are not overdoing it.

Organize content
The content or text on the slide should be easy to read and understand. Highlight your main points using bullets, numbering etc. Make it visually appealing to audience. Also include summary at the end of presentation.

Keep it short The ideal time span for a presentation is 20 minutes. If you exceed the time limit of your presentation then chances are people would bored to death. So it is best to keep your presentation short and simple. But if your presentation is long then you must try to entertain people in between by giving them short breaks or by telling them a story or showing demo of something. You can also make your audience laugh in between so that they remain alert.

Set the timing of your presentation
Timing is everything in a presentation. So make sure the timing of your each slide should be perfect. If you set the timing of your presentation automatic then chances are that either your slides go fast or very slow. In both cases loss is yours because if your slide is going very fast then audience won't be able to read the full slide and in if it is going too slow, audience will get bored. The best way is to set longer duration for the slides with heavy text and shorter for small slides. This way you won't go off the timings.

Use PowerPoint shortcut keys

Learn some shortcuts that will you in quickly running and moving your slides.

Use solid colors in your presentation
It is not important to always use a catchy background or image to make your presentation looks attractive. Use of solid colors can do the trick. Choose right combination of colors and make your presentation unique and attractive.

Add little sound
It is easy to add sound in your slides. There are many options available in Microsoft PowerPoint for different sounds. You can add sound at the beginning or end of a section of your presentation but don't overdo it as more sound many become annoying for audience.




Use videos
You can also add 10 to 15 second video in your presentation to make it look more interesting. There is an option in latest version of PowerPoint to add video in slide.

Use cool text effects
Be creative by designing cool text fonts. Also go easy on Fonts. Choose font that make your presentation more appealing.

Use free images
There are many websites that provides you with free, high quality images like Stock XCHNG and Flicker.

Make your text readable by audience
When you write text on the image make sure it is visible. Sometime the image hides the text no matter what type of font you use to make your text appear. Avoid this mistake.

Avoid using much of moving text
Avoid using flying or moving text as it will be hard for audience to read that.

Design your presentation for printing purpose also
Audience may like to see your presentation in print as well so design it keeping this thing in mind also. So avoid using dark background and smaller font.

Use contrast in text
Good use of contrast in text makes it more appealing.

Curved lines
Make the look of your presentation sexy by using curved lines and gridlines.

Use master slide

Master slide help in creating professional looking presentation and also saves lot of time.

Use graphics

Use graphics like charts, tables to make your presentation easily understand by audience.

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