If you’re anything like me when you give a talk, most of the time you probably use slides rather than using a flipchart or whiteboard (or speaking without any visuals).
But how much thought do you put into the colours on your slides?
That’s really worth your time – according to Bruce Gabrielle, author of the book Speaking PowerPoint:
“One of the secrets to great-looking
PowerPoint slides is colour choice”
And I agree with Bruce. As I wrote about a few years back:
Using colours well is one of the key ways to make
your presentation look modern and professional.
You might wonder how much choice you have in your use of colours though. After all, it’s likely you use a template or PowerPoint theme that comes with colours built in.
Even so, with well-matched colours of your own, you can:
- Gently innovate by just changing some of the template’s less-used colours (while still matching with its main ones).
- Overhaul the template’s colours to fit in with the colour scheme used by your client, or by the event you’re speaking at.
So in the 4-minute video below from Bruce Gabrielle, you’ll see a neat tip for choosing colours that look good together.
Note: The video’s sound quality is quite poor, so please bear with it.
When I first saw Bruce’s tip, it was a revelation. That’s because I don’t have a well-tuned eye for design, and I’ve often struggled to choose colours that work well together. So I can use all the help I can get!
By the way…
You might also like this other colour-related PowerPoint tip, which I just learnt:
Over to you
How do you usually choose colour combinations, and what do you think of Bruce’s tip? I hope you find it helpful.
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