Who hasn't sat through a presentation that made you want to fall asleep comfortably in your seat? Discover a few tips to help you create a high-quality presentation in record time. Read on to discover our ten commandments for a successful PowerPoint presentation.
One idea per slide
Each of your points deserves to have time dedicated to it. It's therefore crucial that each message has the space it deserves. It's the number one rule that you should bear in mind when creating a presentation: limit yourself to one single idea per slide
Play around with the bold effect
The font you decided to use in your presentation
is very important. Making two different fonts work alongside each other in a document is a difficult task. Try to use a font that offers different bold effects
to make your content look more elegant, without getting lost in matching different fonts.
Where can you find stylish, royalty free fonts? On dafont.com
No more than three colours
It's often said in the world of fashion that you should never wear more than three colours
at the same time. This rule can also be applied to your slides. One simple background colour (avoid gradients), one colour to highlight the key concept
of your slide and, finally, one colour for all other slide content
Find pretty palettes on colourlovers.com
Use animations and transitions with caution
They can be very useful if you know how to use them properly! Watch out if your presentation is long and has a more "corporate" style. On the other hand, for shorter presentations or during an event, it could be interesting to use animations and transitions to make your arguments more dynamic
Our favourite animations and transitions: Dissolve and Morph.
Show the progression of your presentation
It's not a must
to show the progression of your slides and it won't be applicable to certain presentations. However, if you have the chance, it can be very interesting to show the progression of your presentation to the audience
A presentation should be dynamic: you start at point A and arrive at point B
, passing through various steps (or slides). Therefore, use your creativity to let your audience know whereabouts in the presentation they are
Say no to "fake" photos!
Always try to use authentic photo banks
(which are free, more often than not). You will find free image banks on thestocks.im, which will allow you to filter your search and search across different sources.
Why not create an account on sites like Shutterstock or Gettyimages?
Make your presentation fun and amusing. Why not try using GIFs, videos, or play about with images in order to create subtle, funny references
to keep your audience interested. Business presentations are often synonymous with boring meetings, so why not try something new to stop your audience from falling asleep?!
Present your figures clearly
These are often the "boring" slides. The solution? Highlight one key figure per slide
. As you create graphs on your slides, think about what you want to stand out the most. You might have to make tough choices, but that's how you will make your presentation more dynamic.
The easiest way to do this is to use a colour that contrasts with the others
, which will make the figure in question stand out from the rest of the graph or chart.
Use your PowerPoint to make you stand out on LinkedIn
A last word of advice for recent or future graduates: when you create an attractive presentation for university or work, don't hesitate to share it on your social networks
and attach it to your LinkedIn profile.
This adds value to your profile and will reassure recruiters. You can also upload your presentations onto Slideshare and share them on the web.