Business presentations often tend to receive a negative blow and are frequently boring with very long contents and speeches and dull visuals. PowerPoint presentations need not be plain looking with default fonts and content.
So, what distinguishes a good PowerPoint presentation from a poor one rather an uninteresting one. Yes, it’s the content and visuals. You may be knowledgeable enough to convey your points but the audience just don’t listen to speech. Something shown visually and explained grabs more involvement, interaction and this would effectively get your point across.
PPT DESIGN TIP #1: KEEP IT SIMPLE
Emphasizing the content is more important that visuals, your presentation should not be loaded with too much visuals as it would distract the audience and loose clarity in content.
Always, try to keep each slide simple and maintain consistency across the slides. Try to avoid the default templates from the PowerPoint. The templates are overused by everyone and are usually boring. Create a cleaner presentation from the free stock images available across the web, choose the image that best suits your title and the contrasting font and color.
PPT DESIGN TIP #2: CONTENT STRUCTURING
Structuring of the content based on the audience language is more important. Often we are tend to read from left to right, when the focus of presentation is on middle east then they tend to read the slides from right to left. Analysing the natural reading order, importance of the text and designing the powerpoint slide with simple layout can engage people in a deliberate way.
PPT DESIGN TIP #3: NO BULLET POINTS
Powerpoint slides are designed easy, to visualise the points and capture the main ideas. Delivering most of the content information as a presenter and not loading all the information in the slides gives a powerful simplified presentation. No one will remember reading too many lines of sentence or too many bullet points, instead you can try creating slides for each bullet points. Use different slides to convey your message or outline the message which you are sharing.
PPT DESIGN TIP #4: USE LESS COLOR
Good color combinations for text and infographics or illustrations used can easily set audience eyes on the presentation, however too many colors tend to make the slides look unprofessional and diverting from the content. You can enhance the look of your powerpoint presentation slides with the usage of minimal harmonious colors.
PPT DESIGN TIP #5: MINIMAL USAGE OF IMAGES
Fair usage of images in every slide is good way to convey your messages, however too many visuals in a single slide will not look professional and people are carried away by your images. However, in certain cases where you showcase your products to the client, different views of the products are acceptable. Make it simple, just 2 in a slide is fine to go with along with text description. Don’t overload a single slide with all angle views of your products.