All-in-one Guide to Creating Effective Presentations

Posted on November 8, 2015 in Editing Slides, Public Speaking, The Key to Make a Successful Presentation by Slideshop

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Content

What message do you want to convey in your presentation? Here are five guidelines to help you structure your content.

  • The right topic answers a need using your expertise. Don’t talk about something you know nothing about.
  • Any presentation, regardless of its length can be summarized in ONE sentence. As Dianna Booher said, “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.”
  • Emotions stimulate more regions of the brain than facts do. TED presentations are effective because the speakers use simplified storytelling, a strategy that evokes emotions.
  • Your structure determines your presentation flow. Start it with an engaging story, anecdote or joke, then discuss your main points, and close it with a bang.
  • Transitions make it easier for the audience to connect your ideas. Use them to connect thoughts, contrast ideas, and make conclusions.

Design

If content is king, design is queen. King and queen should rule together. Here are five ideas to improve your presentation design:

  • You don’t have to start from a blank slide. You can customize presentation templates, use relevant stock photos, or check online presentation designs.
  • Too much text exhausts the eyes. Use keywords or key phrases instead of long sentences or paragraphs.
  • Consistent slide design facilitates easier comprehension. Choose only one style for all your slides.
  • Use three complementing fonts and stick with them throughout the presentation. Ensure readability when choosing font type, font size, and font color.
  • All design elements should reinforce your message.

Delivery

All your efforts go to waste if you look awkward on the platform. Here are five reminders that will help you look good on stage.

  • Practice brings about eloquence and mastery. Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor rehearsed her TED talk 200 times before she spoke about her stroke.
  • Confidence improves your credibility. Exhibit your confidence through your gestures, clothes, and posture.
  • Humor puts your audience at ease. A good sense of humor makes you effective, engaging and entertaining.
  • Spontaneity conveys honesty. If you see an opening to throw in an unscripted comment, do it.
  • Q&A gives you a chance to re-emphasize your important messages. Anticipate questions the audience might ask and handle them calmly and confidently.

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