When it comes to preparing a PowerPoint presentation it’s tough to find a balance between being too simple or too fancy. We want to keep our audience engaged, but we don’t want transitions and animations to distract from what’s most important: the presentation. We surveyed the Intelier design team and came up with the following tips for creating the perfect PowerPoint presentation.
- Use logical flow: this may seem obvious, but it’s often overlooked; order your slides so they tell a story and make an argument.
- Keep it simple: use graphics and media that convey the message. Clutter confuses, when in doubt take it out.
- Limit your bullet points to key details: use these points as a reference for further discussion.
- Use animations sparingly: if the animation has relevance and doesn’t distract the viewer then use it, just be sure not to overdo it.
- Choosing transitions: limit transition styles to one or two types to maintain consistency.
- Customize one template: avoid creating custom slides for each page.
- Use graphics related to your content: avoid bad clip art, diagrams are always better.
- Use an opening and closing page: frame your presentation with your company/brand, name of the presenter and name of the presentation.
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