Let’s Get Visual

I often hear from PowerPoint users that they know their presentations don’t look that great. They realize they’ve fallen into the "dull and boring" category, but they don’t know where to start to change their presentation.

We're going to share some ideas in this article to spark your creativity and help those of you who are stuck in "dull and boring" to move on to "interesting and creative." (We're pretty sure your audience will appreciate this change too.)

One of the most common ruts PPT users fall into is creating slide after slide of lists. Bullet-point lists. Words…text…dreary...mind-numbing slides. The good news is, you have options. And they're not that hard to create.

Here are some ideas:

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Notice if you just tighten up the writing a bit, then add a full screen image in the background, how much easier this is to look at?

Here's another set of slides from the same presentation.

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Just adding an interesting shape and some heavier lines make this slide look less "cookie-cutter." You can easily create a slide like this in PowerPoint, by utilizing the different shapes, shadows and lines that are available.

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Again, by thinning out the text (notice a common theme here?) and adding some images and shapes, this slide is much more interesting. Another idea for a slide like this is to add animation, so that you can click in each "line" one-by-one.

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This slide is pretty hard to look at with all its text. Do you really want your audience to read all this while you're presenting?

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Now you can click in images as you make your points. The audience can quickly follow what you're saying and the slide is much easier to look at.

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This slide looks pretty typical, doesn't it?

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By creating an interesting shape, paring down our text, and adding some photos, we’ve created a slide that is much more effective.

Most of the ideas we've shown you here can be created using PowerPoint's drawing tools. You just need to spend a little time getting to know what these tools can really do, and you'll be able to create all kinds of effects you probably didn't know where possible. Our next newsletter will introduce you to some of those tools, beyond their basic capabilities.

Until then, happy (creative) presenting!

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