When giving a presentation, do your slides actually matter?
Absolutely! We live in a design-centric world, and visuals go a long way.
According to developmental molecular biologist and best-selling author John Medina, vision trumps all senses. It’s no wonder then that people following directions with illustrations do 323% better than those who follow directions with only text. For presenters, this means that visuals can be especially important in helping people retain information and remember your speech.
Here, we’ve rounded up a handful of tips to make your presentation go from boring to engaging and memorable:
- Avoid overloading your slides with too much text. Try to keep it to one idea per slide. Really, you should think of every slide as an individual advertisement.
- Use high quality photos instead of clip art. No pixelated images - there are better ones out there, we promise!
- Choose your fonts and font colors wisely. Keep your typography clean, simple, and professional, and spare your audience from those hot pink or highlighter yellow tones.
- Avoid standard templates. If you want to impress your audience, don’t use a generic preset. It's boring!
- Use infographics to present information. Again, this goes back to people processing information more effectively through images.
- Go easy on the effects and transitions. The transitions you use shouldn’t distract from your presentation, or make you appear less professional.
Need more tips on designing the best presentation? Check out this guide.