Creating effective slide decks that can engage the audience and pull them right in is a task that requires some serious training. This training comes in the form of practice in the key elements that make a better presentation. These elements are: the choice of images used in the slides, the amount of text used with these images, the font and type size of the text, the placement and arrangement of text vis-a-vis the images, and the transitions and effects used in the slides. These elements, if used properly, are enough to make your presentations slick and charming.
TED has recently published a great read in this direction. This is basically an article written by TED staff in which they provided detailed explanations on each of the elements I mentioned above. They also featured some useful tips to help you create engaging presentations. I just could not let this great read go by without sharing it with you here. Below is a round-up of the 10 major tips featured in this TED post, check out the original post for more details on each one of these tips.
- Think about slides last
- Create a consistent look and feel
- Think about topic transitions
- When it comes to text, remember that less is almost always more
- Use photos that enhance learning
- Go easy on the effects and transitions
- Use masking to direct attention in images
- Try panning large images
- For video, don’t use auto play
- Reproduce simple charts and graphs
I am also sharing with you this interesting slide presentation I learned through Dawsonite . This presentation outlines a wide variety of tips and tricks on how to design effective presentations.