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6 Alternatives to Bullet Point Slides

It’s high time we all move past presentations with a bullet point list on each and every slide. These kinds of presentations just don’t cut it anymore in the fast-paced, innovative, and multimedia world. The other reason why bullet points in presentations have a very bad reputation is not that they are necessarily bad things, but because they are over-used and misused.

Whenever a slide is full of lists of text or numbered items, the audience won’t pay much attention to the message being communicated. The go-to strategy is to stick to two golden rules: less is more, and visuals are everything. Following this strategy, in this article, DeckRobot lists some bullet alternatives you can create in any graphics program or in your next PowerPoint presentation.


Use Icons

Icons are an effective replacement for bullet points. Icons are visual representations of what you want to communicate. With icons, your audience will have the ability to easily interpret and categorize the information presented, simply because they add value to your text. There are several stock sites where icons can be found like thenounproject or flaticon where you can find a lot of icons matching your topic.

Tip: With DeckRobot’s Corporate Icons function you can easily apply clients’ icons to the slide. Select specific icons or use the ones found on the Internet. DeckRobot will analyze the objects with AI algorithms and offer options to adapt icons to the corporate-approved format. This will give your presentation an even more appealing look and save loads of time.


Use Pictures

This is not the easy-way-out. You can’t just slap a few pictures onto your slide and call it a day. What you should be doing is focusing on the pictures that add value to your message. The kind of pictures that make your message that much clearer and concise. Attention-grabbing images are hard to come by, but you NEED something that is separate from the norm. Try and find an image that will make your audience look twice. Images have to be of interest to the content of your PowerPoint slide, so, don’t pick images just because they look nice. The goal is to look for images that tap into your audience’s emotions. When you do this, you’re more likely to persuade your audience because you’re connecting your message to something more personal to them. Browse the huge libraries of free and premium photo banks like Unsplash or Pexels to find the exact picture you are looking for.


Use Text Boxes

Text boxes give you an opportunity to exercise your creativity. They add another element to slides. Use them to position text wherever you want, annotate a chart or equation, or place an announcement on a slide. With this approach, each point is more pronounced than in a list.


Use Shapes

Shapes are a great alternative to bullet points. There are so many variations of shapes available and a mass amount of formatting options.  You can play around with ideas here. You can use Shapes on a plain background as well as layered on top of an image to highlight the text contained within.


Use Infographics

Infographics are all the rage nowadays. Everywhere you look, you see infographics of basically any topic you can think of. People prefer a visual illustration as opposed to reading 10 pages of the same stuff. Infographics allow you to present information in a succinct and efficient manner. If you’ve got the information, you can turn it into an infographic. Your infographic can retain its original white background. But if you’d like to add some color and style, you should consider changing the background to something that will catch the eye of your intended audience. You can also use SmartArt as it is one of the easiest ways to get started with an infographic on PowerPoint.


Use SmartArt

SmartArt graphics are ready-made and editable graphics that can convert the humble list into something a bit more interesting and creative. As with bullet points themselves, don’t overuse SmartArt and definitely don’t use the same one for every slide. Play around with the different options until you get your infographic design just right. At this point, you can decide how you want to design your infographic. You can use a combination of SmartArt graphics and other elements like vector graphics, some nice fonts that complement your message, etc. Play around with the different options until you get your infographic design just right. At this point, you can decide how you want to design your infographic. You can use a combination of SmartArt graphics and other elements like vector graphics, some nice fonts that complement your message, etc.


Conclusion

Stop using bullet points and start using creative techniques that appeal to your audience. This will probably mean that you’ll have to work just a little bit more but think about your goal. You want to make sure your message gets across and holds the capacity of being retained. If you liked the article don’t hesitate to share it on your social accounts and comment below what are your favorite alternatives to bullet points.