With the increased popularity in websites like Slideshare, more and more people are going back to the slideshow presentation method of sharing information. Here are five quick slideshow presentation tips that you can use today.
1. A Picture is worth a thousand words
Which one of these two do you like better? Which gives you an immediate understanding of what happened just with a glance? The correct answer is the picture. If you can say it in a picture, do so.
Just because you can fit more information onto your slide doesn’t mean you should. Whitespace or negative space is a design tool that helps your content remain clear and uncluttered. It also helps to focus the eye on what is really important.
3. Don’t overuse Fonts
(Three max, but two should really cover it!)
I have spoken extensively about fonts before, but it is useful to remember that picking the right font can bring your presentation from a 5 to a 10. Remember to contrast/compliment not conflict! You should use different fonts for the headline/title and the body copy for the best look. Most of the time you can create these differences by using different combinations of typeface including serif (with the little strokes), sans serif (without the strokes), cursive (like handwriting) and monospace (each letter taking up the same amount of space). There are plenty of websites that give you ideas and pre-set combinations of attractive and complimentary typeface choices.
4. Don’t overuse transitions
(They are fun, but ultimately, unimportant.)
You know the story, someone starts their slideshow and the first thing you see is the windmill transition. This immediately triggers your body’s sleep mode. After all, you’ve seen it before and it has only ever lead to napping. Don’t be one of those people. Keep your transitions as quick and consistent as possible so that you are changing slides but not distracting from your carefully crafted content!
5. Be interesting
If you’re boring, no matter how interesting the topic, people can and will fall asleep.