Presentations are often one of the most important things to do well in your final project. To learn how to make your presentation slides more effective, Flide has provided you with some quick tips below!

General

1. Slides should complement your speech, not overpower it

Your slides are not the main attraction, you are! When putting your slides together, you should focus on the content and visuals that can best communicate your ideas.

2. Keep the number of slides to a minimum

Have as little slides as required to visually support your speech. You should also use a minimal amount of words to express your message. Your text can be accompanied by simple visuals like charts or graphs.

If you’re stuck, ask yourself “Do I absolutely need this slide or can I present it in a more appealing way, verbally?”

Content

1. Post slides online

Let your audience know that your slides will be online, so they’ll spend more time listening and less time trying to scribble notes. Thankfully, Flide does offer you a platform to upload your slides.

2. Shorten links

Use a URL shortener (like bit.ly) if you have any links. It simplifies your URL and lets you track how many people accessed the link

3. No inappropriate content

There’s no use to present information that they already know or give a presentation that is full of jargon, that no one understands you. Research on your audience (eg. Why are they here? What do they already know?). With research, you can have a clearer understanding of what to present to the audience.

4. Important content should be on top

Important information should always come up top. Even within a slide, put all important content at the top. Content at the bottom is usually not as clear as those at the top.

Layout

1. Less is more

It’s important to avoid large blocks of text, also known as wall of text or death by PowerPoint. Break sentences into smaller and visually digestible pieces. Leave only the essential message or points on the slide, the rest can be presented verbally.

2. Use bullet points wisely

Bullet point texts should be concise. Don’t squeeze a bunch of them together in one slide. If you have a single point in one slide, never use a bullet point. You could make the font-size very big, even up to 200, and have a fullscreen background image to drive an impact.

This is a good example.

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Design

Fonts

Avoid using more than 2 fonts to avoid making your slides look messy. Make sure your font size is big enough so that it is legible for the audience. Try using more readable fonts so your audience will have an easier time reading your slides.

Guy Kawasaki says that your font-size should be at least 30.

You can read more about his 10 20 30 rule here.

Colors

Avoid using bright backgrounds so that your audience won’t have to strain their eyes. Choose distinguishable colors, don’t go for colors like blue text and purple background as they will blend in together.

Here is an example of using a filter that has complimentary colors over the image.

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We hope you can ace your next presentation with these tips!