People now have shorter attention spans and if you are unable to grab and maintain your audience’s attention in your presentations, they will soon go back to their phones before you get to the middle of your presentation. Imagine someone is scrolling social media, playing addictive games, watching movies, listening to music and etc. Distractions like these are making it difficult for people to make time for ‘boring’, statistic-filled presentations.
There are no strict guidelines for delivering award-winning PowerPoint presentations, however, paying close attention to little details can make a whole lot of difference. In this article, DeckRobot shares with you some useful tips on how to make a presentation that your audience will love.
1. A good presentation depends on a good topic
Your topic must have a twist that your audience is not familiar with. You have to engage them from the very beginning. Your topic may not be completely unique but you need to think of an angle that has not been exhausted. You can also try reverse psychology. Try approaching your topic not directly but discussing the opposite of it.
2. Use your voice and not text
Your slide shouldn’t contain too much text. That’s what your speaking is for. Keep it to less than six lines of text at a maximum. Ideally, even less. The content included on your slide should be limited to your main talking points and your voice should do the rest. Your audience can feel your energy, and if you’re standing and speaking through each slide with a monotone voice, they’re going to quickly lose interest. Remember to make eye contact. It exudes confidence when you’re able to look directly at the people you’re speaking with.
3. Use the minimalist presentation theme
Using a presentation theme with a minimalist design allows you to focus on the content during your speech. Since you are keeping it simple, there will be no distracting images, designs, or images. While on the subject, minimalist designs will gain more popularity in 2021. Make sure to read our article about ‘6 Presentation Design Trends That Will Dominate In 2021’
4. Make it a rule - one image per slide
When it comes to elements like fonts, colors, images there is no need to go crazy. Simple is almost always better. It’s best to incorporate just one picture in each slide. You can use them in different ways: as a background, an accent photo, or with a color overlay. Your audience will get exactly what they came for without having to skim through a lot of ‘unnecessary’ stuff.
Remember to keep your slides short. In case there is too much content on one slide, it will definitely bore your audience.
5. Use high-quality graphics
Always use high-quality graphics. We suggest you use only vector graphics that look great no matter their size. Icons and graphics are among the main elements that grab attention. They are an effective way to visually represent your words and context so make sure you don’t use low-quality elements.
6. Statistics say it better
Loads of data being generated daily. Thus, industry experts and big brands look forward to representing their data in both a meaningful and easy-to-digest manner. When sharing statistics, make them easy to read and understand. Tables are great if you are comparing a few statistics but if you are comparing complex statistics, a chart will make things look simpler.
Here, simple data visualization will be a game-changer. Statistical infographics enriched with icons, pictograms, and charts will help you visualize large chunks of complicated data into a comprehensible format.
7. Be consistent with your design
In other words, stick to two or three colors. You probably know that there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. This goes both for colors and fonts in your presentation. When you start to get four, five, six colors into a presentation, it can start to look messy and like the slides don’t actually match or go together in the same slideshow. The same applies to the whole design of your presentation. When you use several design options, it can be distracting. When you are using different designs on each slide, your audience may be preoccupied with each design and they may forget to pay attention to the content on the slide.
8. Create strong contrast
While everyone in the room may hear your speech not everyone can see the screen and slides clearly. People sitting in the back of the room, relatively far away from your screen won’t be able to see what is written on a slide with white background and grey or pink text. To make sure they can still see your presentation slides, you need to create a strong contrast. your text should easily stand out against your background. If you have a dark background, all of your text and design elements should be light in contrast, and vice versa.
9. Include videos in your presentation
Studies show that video is more engaging, more memorable, and holds almost every other advantage over text content. Videos bring your discussion to life and they can get really engaging if they totally relate to the topic. Sometimes, animations work just fine. Also, adding video to your presentation will help you take a break from talking and can give your presentation another dimension. Make sure to read our article about ‘Tips On How to Insert Videos In Your PowerPoint Presentations’
We hope you find this article useful and already have some ideas on how to implement these tips when making your next presentation. Overall, there are no presentation ideas that are known to perform magic. The best presentation will be the one that will engage the audience, one that will effectively communicate the main content to the audience, and one that achieves the overall objective.