Whether you are a student or a full-time employee, the presentation must have become a crucial part of your college and working life. In fact, a presentation cannot only communicate your ideas to others but can also give people a clue of who you are.
Getting a presentation done correctly is almost as much important as mastering your public speaking skill, even more. The question is, how “catchy” should it be to grab the audience’s attention from beginning to end?!
Remember, you are not just saying your points, but showing a part of who you are. Thus, to prevent the audience from nodding off in the middle of your speech, do it in the most impressive way you can. The following tips will help you master a creative and powerful presentation.
#1: Playing with colors
Before keeping the audience’s eyes on your presentation, you need to attract them to look at it. Choosing the right theme colors is your very first step.
A lively slide is absolutely much more appealing than a black-and-white-TV-like slide, but of course, you don’t want to make it as colorful as a kid’s color book. Thus, try going for a dual or triple tone color theme.
The second option is color overlays. The overlays can cover the image fully or partially to create visual effects.
For many presentation topics, you can design your presentation in minimalistic style. It will work best with pastel colors.
There are many approaches you may use to make visual solutions for your presentation. By combining contrasting colors, image, text size and graphics, you can also create a powerful contrast effect on your slides.
In case you are not satisfied with the original templates or the techniques above, you can always design your own color palettes. This way works the most effectively when you combine colors with geometric shapes, but again, don’t try too many colors on one single slide.
#2: Creating impression with an appealing cover
The cover is the first thing the audience looks at in your presentation so it gives people ideas about your content and the first impression on the whole presentation. There are many ways to create a killing cover page. By making it bold and stand out, you will surely grab the hall’s attention.
The logo- style cover is always a trend because it is informative enough while looking young and familiar to the audience. This works best when you want to highlight only important information without many words. Let your imagination and creativity go wild with frames, lines and graphic illustrations.
People tend to listen more attentively when there is a great photo to look at. On your introduction slide, you can also make space for some photo collage, especially photos of the same theme color.
#3: Be wise with your texts
A huge part of your presentation is the texts, so whether the presentation does the trick or not depends greatly on how you deal with words or paragraphs. The following are a few things to keep in mind.
Number one: Long text is the enemy of a good presentation. No one wants to listen to and read two paragraphs at a time. You, not the slides themselves are the main star of the presentation, so only put your highlighted points or keywords on the pages.
You surely would not want your presentation to look like this, right?
Instead, it should look just like this. Be short and to the point!
Number two: The size of text is of equal importance with the number of words. You need to make sure your audience from the front to the back of the hall can see your presentation. Don’t choose such a small text size that it gets lost in your visuals, but also not too big so that the audience will not jump.
Number three: Fonts bring the soul to your texts, so make a wise decision based on which style you want to bring in your presentation. Select a font that makes your texts look clean, modern, friendly but serious enough. We would say no to Times New Roman but we suggest not choose fonts that are too cute or cartoon-like.
Number four: As color is essential to the whole presentation theme, it is also a key to create a powerful text. Pick a color that would stand out from the background, such as black or white on other colors. You may also try some combos of contrasting colors like black, white, grey and neon colors.
#4: Photos can be more powerful than words
Like previously said, people are more attracted by real-life image than graphic patterns, so take advantage of this by trying replacing part of your long old texts with photos and creating only simple text on photos. You can use a single photo for one slide or photo-heavy styles. Remember to play around with shapes and frames, and a filter is always your best friend!
#5: Texts and photos are not the only way…
…to communicate the information you want. Try other fun but informative ways of saying.
Illustrations and icons: Sometimes you can replace big points or common words with graphic illustrations without making your presentation any less serious. You can pick and adjust illustrations to make it more consistent with the overall style of your presentation just by changing colors, transparency, border lines,… So why not try those icons when they convey the same information but more interesting to look at?
Infographics: This is a trendy tool to present your content in a much clearer and appealing way. Instead of paragraphs, boring tables or long bullet points, do it with arrows, icons and more. In this way, not only the presentation looks neat and engaging, but the information is more easily absorbed by the audience.
After all, there are so much more you can do with templates and layouts. With these tips and a bit of creativity and boldness, you will surely kill any presentation and keep the audience attention on your powerful slideshow. Good luck!
By: Phuong Thao