Downloadable Presentation Slides: Things to Consider

Posted on January 26, 2013 in Slide Design, The Key to Make a Successful Presentation, Tips & Tricks by Toke Kruse

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Downloading slides for PowerPoint presentation has become popular over the years. Because you can select a template that’s been prepared for you, you don’t have to worry about trying to create one on your own – or using slides with the same old look everyone else is using. You save time, you save hassle, and you get a design that isn’t going to drive your audience to sleep, or to fiddle with their phones.

Selecting presentation slides for download is easy. But there are definitely some things to be carefully considered before you click that download button.

Since your goal is to keep your audience focused on your message and leave them with a lasting, positive impression, it’s important to select a slide template that will forward that purpose. Here are some things to consider, in the direction of achieving that.

▪ Know Your Audience

First and foremost, when it comes to selecting PowerPoint presentation slides or templates, you have to consider who will be looking at them on presentation day. If you’re going to present to a group of business people, you do not want slides that look like they were meant for kids, or the local garden club. By having an idea of who you will be dealing with, you can easily determine what type of colors, backgrounds, fonts and and features your slideshow templates should have. Mentally look at your slides through their eyes for a moment, and you’ll know which way to go.

▪ Make Sure the Template Fits Well with Your Subject Matter

For example, if you happen to be presenting to a group of doctors and other health and medical care providers, you’ll most likely want a slide template that’s clean, clear and crisp – not soft and frilly. There are even downloadable templates specifically designed for medical/health presentations. On the other hand, if you’re presenting to a group of young school kids, you’ll more likely to want a template with design, colors and other details that combine to convey a fun and lively feel.

▪ Make Sure It Has Everything You Need

The last thing you want is a template that’s all style and no useful structure and substance. So before you choose a template, look beyond its immediate visual appeal. Will is support graphics of the types you plan to use? For example, will it allow you to add your company logo, and use the sort of graphs, tables, animations and other features you expect to include?

▪ Do You Need an Animated or Static Background?

Slide templates with animated backgrounds are available. They can be quite impressive, but in some cases they can also be a distraction – pulling attention and focus away from your message and onto “cool effects.” Consider the overall tone and “feel” of your presentation, the character of your audience and their probable preferences, and the nature of your message.

Free or Paid?

There are plenty of free downloadable presentation slides and templates out there, and if you can find some that fit your needs well (after considering all the other points above), great. But free slides and templates rarely match the quality, polished professionalism and functionality of templates you pay for. When deciding whether you want to go with a paid-for or free download, give some thought to the potential long-run value of a truly top-quality item. It may well be worth a small investment (none of these things are enormously expensive, after all) to have a great template that’s a perfect fit and will be useful for a long time to come.

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