How could the slides be improved: Presentation Tips

May 15, 2015
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Say you already created the content for your presentation, but after choosing a particular set of layout-colors-font, you still feel your presentation is looking a little dull. What can you do to enhance the looks of your presentation without spending too much time? Well, we got you covered!

Here are 5 easy tweaks that will take no time from you and will dramatically improve your slides!

Take a look at this Slidebean presentation:

As you can see, the slides have relevant information, and they're looking OK, but still they feel a little meh. Let's awesomize them one by one shall we?

Slide 1:

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After

WHAT CAN YOU CHANGE?

1. Capitalize the title: Simple things like these help emphasise a particular phrase/word, and break the monotony of the body of text, making it more appealing to the eye.

2. Make columns: If you only have a big paragraph in your slide, try breaking it up into several columns. Chunks of information are way easier to read, and smaller lines also help with readability.

3. Image as background: From time to time, try making things a little more interesting by adding an image as the foreground of your slide. It gives a sense of depth and adds contextual visuals to the info in your slide. Just make sure to dim it so the text is not lost with the textures and shades of the photo.

Slide 2:

Before
After

WHAT CAN YOU CHANGE?

1. Make the font bigger: Do this as often as possible. It forces you to keep text blocks shorter, and it makes the information more accesible.

2. Quote + Image: A cool way of making your quote even more memorable is to include a picture of the author.

Related Read: Presentation Design Inspiration: Epic Slide Ideas

Slide 3:

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WHAT CAN YOU CHANGE?

1. Break the slide: This slide simply has too much text. Bullets are ok for short sentences, but when each line becomes a paragraph like the ones in this slide, it becomes too hard to read. The best you can do is break the information into several slides, to give each piece of information the relevance needed.

The Result:

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work-smarter-not-harder-5-easy-ways-to-improve-presentations.jpg
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validated-learning-5-easy-ways-to-improve-presentations.jpg

Slide 4:

Before
After

WHAT CAN BE CHANGED?

1. If you can't split it, rearrange it: If your slide is a little overcrowded, but for some reason you can't split it, try rearranging the content to ease the pain of reading all the information.

In this slide, we've implemented several of the tweaks mentioned before. We've rearranged the content, using a three column structure; we've added an image as background and capitalized the titles of each block; and as a final touch, we've included an icon to better differentiate the chunks of info.

Slide 5:

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WHAT CAN BE DONE?

1. Make images bigger: If you include an image, let it have its say in your slide. People tend to make images appear as thumbnails in their slides, making them look as mere decoration instead of an intended part of the message.

Related Read: How Do I Know if my Presentation Sucks?

THE RESULT:

Now, that's better!

Now, that's better!

Better yet, go for fullscreen!

Better yet, go for fullscreen!

Now let's checkout the finished result put together:

START YOUR OWN PRESENTATION

Making your presentation stand out doesn't have to take hours. Use these simple changes in your next deck and it's guaranteed you'll be complimented on your slides!

Vinicio Chanto
I'm a designer and entrepreneur. I have a deep passion for graphic arts and design, as well as photography and creative engineering. Architecture, product design, the overall ability to conceive new ideas in both physical and virtual media, that is what drives me forth.
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