Do you sometimes follow the design trend of using uppercase text for headings or other short labels on your slides?
Recently, I’ve twice seen presentations with very modern-looking slides using all-uppercase text in brief captions.
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:
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.
Have you seen Pat Flynn’s great video about making slides? Right now, it’s had almost 1½ million views, and it’s called:
How to Create an Awesome Slide Presentation
(for Keynote or PowerPoint)
In his video, Pat shares pro tips to make your slideshows more engaging. So I highly recommend you watch it. (You’ll find it at the bottom of this post.)
Meanwhile, in the 1st of the videos below, you’ll see the precise steps you can use to implement one of Pat’s tips. That is, to add what he calls a “roadmap” to your slides.
So, watch my 6-minute, hands-on video to see what’s meant by a roadmap, and learn exactly how you can add one in PowerPoint:
What skills could you transfer to your public speaking, from other disciplines?
For instance, in my work as a learning designer, I’ve been heavily influenced by experts like Cathy Moore. While her advice is aimed at designers of e-learning, you might be surprised how much of it could also apply to your next talk or presentation.
Like to see an example? Try Cathy’s post called How to get everyone to write like Ernest Hemingway. (It’s under 800 words, so it’s only about a 3-minute read.)
Here’s a quick quiz for you…
Do you know how to do these tasks in PowerPoint with just a few keystrokes:
Well, read on to find out, and see how other neat PowerPoint shortcuts can help you.
How many of your slides serve double duty? Let’s look at an example of what I mean…
Slides like that serve double duty because they’re both:
If people won’t remember what a slide says, why show it?
My question is, if people won’t remember what a slide says, why show it during your presentation at all? That needlessly burdens your audience, who don’t know what you expect them to remember (or what details you might give them a copy of).
By all means, include details like that in a handout for people to refer to later. But don’t overwhelm your audience with details during your talk.
Many presenters give their audience a copy of their slides to look at afterwards – in effect using their deck as their handout. But unless you’re careful, using your slide deck as your handout has 2 big problems:
Ever had to give your presentation in a much shorter timeslot than you’d planned? You know – like when one or more of the speakers before you at a conference or workshop runs over time, and the organisers want to start getting things back on track.
Do you want to highlight part of a photo or screenshot (or other picture) as though you’ve shone a spotlight on it? In this post, you’ll see just how to do that, with the 2nd in a short series of videos on using PowerPoint’s slide background fill option.
Make your slides look like you used Flash
Want to make your humble slides look like you used Flash, Photoshop, or another fancy (and pricey!) Adobe tool – when you only used PowerPoint? Well here are some videos to help you do just that.
In 2013, the Duarte blog featured an animation of objects emerging from behind a line, as though rising over the horizon. And in a great 12-minute video tutorial, last month Nick Smith of AdvanceYourSlides.com showed how you can use that same effect on your own slides.
Do you use PowerPoint to train people? That’s very common of course, and there are many ways you can do it:
Here we’ll look at that 3rd option, because recently I read a short but fascinating post that compares PowerPoint and Articulate Storyline as training tools. (If you’ve seen my about page, you’ll know I’m a training developer – hence my interest in the topic.)
Storyline’s the “new kid on the block”
Storyline’s the “new kid on the block” of major e-learning tools. When you open Storyline, it looks a lot like PowerPoint, and it has many similar features. But it’s designed to make e-learning, rather than just slides.