Lately, I have been reading hard on how to make great PowerPoint presentations. I have even managed to make a couple of excellent PowerPoint presentations to pitch clients and I am currently working on five more. You can follow me on SlideShare to see them when I'm done.
There is both a science and an art to making excellent PowerPoint presentation slides. Fortunately, most of us know the science part:
- Start on a paper and write out the points you want to make
- Let your slides have a good flow, from one point to the other
- Have an introduction, a body and a conclusion
- Make a cover slide and a thank you slide
- What supporting graphics to use, how to get them, how to reformat them and how to get a consistent look
- What fonts will make the presentation look great and not like a copy paste from a word document
- How many words to put in each slide
- How to list out the points/ideas presented
- What color scheme to use
- Where to get symbols and icons to make your ideas bold
- How to put everything together to get a wonderful professional presentation
- Avoid using bullet points. Put one idea per slide.
- Don't have too much text on a slide.
- Use icons and symbols to convene your points
- Use about two to three color mix
- Don't use old common fonts like Times New Romans, Comic Sans, Arial, Courier, Verdana e.t.c.
- Don't turn it to a teleprompter. It's not a document but a visual support for your presentation.
- Have a consistent color use and font use