- Think about how easy your slides are to read. Use a color scheme that provides good contrast between the background and text itself.
- If you NEED to use a background that is difficult to place text on, give the text itself a solid background box to frame and define it.
- Try to stick to Sans Serif fonts – they are much easier to read; especially from a distance.
- Similarly, standard fonts look much more professional – resist the urge to throw wacky typography on your slides!
- Don’t forget how important first impressions are and make sure you create a captivating title page that gets across the theme of the presentation, yet doesn’t give too much away.
- Use custom slides where possible – Differing from the built-in PowerPoint themes will make sure your presentation is unique and give it an edge.
- If you are going to use imagery, make sure it’s of a high quality. Remember your presentation might be shown on a large screen so the higher quality the image the better.
- Don’t underestimate solid colors. They’re easy to use and extra easy for the viewer to read text.
- Keep the text down to a minimum; it is a presentation, after all. The information within the slides themselves should be brief and an explanation should be provided by the speaker.
- The same goes for bullet points. Used wisely, they can be a fantastic tool, but keep them to a minimum or else you may as well be writing a few paragraphs of text!
- Highlighting, bolding, underlining or enlarging text can draw focus to key points in your presentation.
You don’t need to create fireworks with slide transitions. Keep these simple since a slide jumping in from every angle can get a little irritating
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