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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