A Presentation Design Blog
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Team Presentations

Teamwork always gives the best results, in most cases. Often for a meeting, you may be required to present along with your colleague, or in groups. These team presentations are crucial when you pitch your point across, as they would decide the fate of the deal or...

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How to Overcome Audience Resistance

When you walk into a room as a presenter, it’s easy to feel as if you’re the central figure, however in reality, your audience is. It’s in their power to embrace or reject your ideas. You’re presenting because you need them to change their beliefs or behavior in some...

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10-20-30 Rule of Powerpoint

If you are not familiar with the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint created way back in 2005 here’s how it goes: The most effective PowerPoint presentations should contain no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes, and feature font no smaller than 30 points....

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What To Do If you Lose your Presentation

Imagine, you burnt the midnight oil and clocked countless hours working on a very important PowerPoint Presentation. You exit out of your presentation, grab a snack and after you return to your PC, you discover that your PowerPoint file is missing! Of course, the...

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5 Alternatives to PowerPoint

A Presentation software is an important piece of presenter's arsenal. Having the right software allows you to create an easy presentation to understand for you and your audience. Just because PowerPoint has always been used, it doesn't mean it is very effective. Here...

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Tips to Nail your Next Presentation

PowerPoint presentations can help you convey your message to your audience in the right way. However, while making a presentation you need to ensure that your presentation and information on the slides is to the point and concise. Hence, to help you nail your next...

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Hints to select Great Pictures for your Presentation

Pictures in presentations is a powerful tool to help elevate your presentation design and keep your audience engaged. However, for a certain topic there are various pictures available and often you might get confused as to which picture to select. To help you with...

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Handouts during Presentations

A handout can be defined as a piece of printed information that is provided, free of charge, especially to accompany a lecture or advertise something. Handouts are often considered a vital part in the corporate setting to tell more about your work to your client. Here...

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Adding GIFs to Your Presentations

GIFs are the happy medium between images and videos. A few years ago, using GIFs in presentations would have seemed quite unprofessional. However, with the emerging social media trends and the advancements in technology, using a GIF in your presentation is almost a...

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The Best Ways to Use Speaker Notes in your Presentation

Speaker Notes in PowerPoint help you remember important points such as key messages, stats or figures while you give your presentation. The speaker note section is generally at the bottom of your screen. You could use the speaker notes to add more information or...

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Simple Ways to Make Mobile Friendly Presentations

Today’s generation is the internet generation. We live in a mobile- based culture where everyone from drivers to vegetable vendors now a days have mobiles. Various audience, for the sake of convenience prefer to have their presentations on their mobile devices. Having...

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The Best Way to Use Stories in Presentations

It is said that stories engage seven parts of the brain whereas facts and figures engage only two. However, these days for presentations, most people rely on facts and figures and do not involve stories. Maybe because facts and figures are to build more credibility....

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Add Charts In Your Presentations Like An Expert

If expert data presentation is the game, tables and charts are the game. Charts are what you use to add life to your numbers, show comparisons effectively and make the presentation make sense to even laypeople. Charts are of different types, and each type serves a...

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The Relevance of SmartArt in your Presentations

In this generation, learning how to make presentations has been a journey. In going from paragraphs of text to images and text in bullet points, to learning how to use only the important text in presentations, and it all gets exciting the day you discover Smart Art....

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How to Add Icons to Your Powerpoint Slides Like A Designer

If you’ve seen a designer’s report or presentation, you must have noticed one feature that sets them apart – iconography. Iconography is the use of visual images and symbols and interpretation of those. In reports and presentations, iconography is used to supplement...

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Design Element 5: Shape

Lines evolve into space. Shape is a two-dimensional area confined by an actual line or implied line (an edge for example). In drawing shapes are created when the ends of lines are joined to enclose areas. There are two primary types of shapes we can use – Geometric...

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Design Element 4: Space

Going further from Colour, Type and Lines, we come to Space as the fourth element of design. Spaces is important in most places. It helps create music, it helps in relationships and it even helps in public spaces. Lack of space creates noise. The same is true...

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Design Element 3: Lines

Now that we are moving forward with a base in colour and type, we focus on the next element of design that is lines. Lines are the simplest design tool with a lot of usefulness. • Lines help convey feelings, moods and can add strength to the presentation / artwork....

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Design Element 2: Type

The second element of note in our “Design Elements” series is Type. Type design is something that can be intimidating to many, with complicated terminology like kerning, ascender, tail, baseline, leading, etc. to accompany it. Don’t worry, we’ll get there but first we...

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Design Element 1: Colour

Color is one of the most powerful and obvious elements we have at our disposal to produce good design. Here is a base to understand colour definitions: Hue – the descriptive name of the color. eg. Red, Green, Orange, Pink are all Hues. Primary Color – Red, Yellow and...

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What is the two-sentence takeaway for your presentation?

There is a common experience people face – you hear someone tell a long story, or say you are in a meeting and someone is on a long rant – and the minute it ends you have just one reaction. “So?” It’s that moment of bewilderment where your mind scrambles to understand...

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Best Design Blogs to Follow to Refine your Aesthetic sense

As a designer or a design enthusiast, one of the most important aspects of the process of creation is to reference and to be inspired. For this inspiration, it is always a struggle to find a ever-flowing stream of content. Therefore, we bring to you a list of some of...

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How to Get Rid of Filler Words

Clarity in speech is something we all aim for. Everybody wants to sound like a great orator when they speak, not just on stage but also to each other. Clear speech makes one sound refined, strong and pedigreed. One aspect of clear speech is not having filler words....

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How to convert a PDF to PowerPoint

Every so often we have to send and edit files in different formats than the one we have. Therefore, we need to be able to convert files from one to another. Here is a step by step guide for PDF to PPT:   Open a file in Acrobat. Click on the Export PDF tool in the...

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How to convert PowerPoint to google slides

Google Slides can readily convert presentations in other formats to a Google Slides presentation format. That means that if you are asked to change or update a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, for example, you can do it using Google Slides. Here is a step by step...

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Best practices in design

Making a good ppt is an art, and the principles of good design can be used to make your ppt look like a work of art. For this, we draw from Dieter Ram’s Ten Principles of “Good Design” 1. Good Design Is Innovative Don’t believe anybody who tells you the possibility...

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How long should your presentation be?

The first question to answer here is to think about what information you want to convey. One should know that the presentation is what is important, and what you intend to convey. The slideshow is just one part of this equation, the focus should be on the information...

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The 10 step guide on how to speak during your presentation

Try these 10 tips to get over your nervousness and to develop confidence while speaking. Be prepared Know that even experienced speakers get nervous, so expect nervousness before your presentation. Don’t force your jitters away. Accept them and turn them into energy...

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Your guide to various mediums to use in presentations

There are various kinds of mediums that can be utilised when one makes presentations, but each come with certain benefits and ill-effects that we should account for to ensure the best possible presentation experience for our audience. 1. Lap visuals Pros of using lap...

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Key tips to deliver an outstanding presentation

To deliver an unforgettable and remarkable presentation, there are 3 skills that need to be acquired. You need to get CONFIDENCE, CONVICTION and ENTHUSIASM. These qualities will help your audience to engage with you during your presentation. Confidence The best way to...

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How to tackle questions during your presentation

Most speakers panic when asked questions and distastefully try their level best to avoid them. Unfortunately these tactics are often seen through by the audience and the speaker’s credibility is scrutinised and seen as an incapable presenter. These are obvious tactics...

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Why you need to incorporate big text in your presentation

No one complains when your presentation lettering information is too big but they will, and should if it is too small. Legibility is a big part of presentations. As the speaker, you are not expected to read out word-by-word every sentence in a paragraph- the audience...

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5 steps to rehearse for your presentation

Before big presentations, a great way to build confidence and practice lines is rehearsing several times. It may be time consuming and tedious but it is a great way to build confidence, smooth out any imperfections in your presentation and find mistakes. Step 1  Try...

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Tips to use humour effectively in a PPT

- A great way to cover feelings of nervousness is to use humour. Letting your audience know you are nervous may not necessarily create a bad impression, it could endear you to them. - Humorous anecdotes and sharing personal experiences could help support your...

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Presentation Problems and Solutions: Setting up

Imagine you are about to deliver a key piece of information during your presentation and suddenly the screen behind you goes blank- A speaker’s worst nightmare. To prevent this (including other mishaps like tripping over wires or losing audio) you should set up...

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How to build your presentation

Your structure of your PowerPoint is important. It should have a flow of ideas and a narrative your audience can follow. Often, when creating PowerPoints you can get caught up in creating details and specifics for a slide which does not need it. While creating a...

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Why silence is an unexpectedly useful tool in presentations

Silence doesn’t always have to be uncomfortable or awkward. Use it to your advantage to create a strong impression. Overloading the audience with information and speaking fast may quicken the time spent on the presentation but it could affect the way information is...

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5 essentials to keep in mind while creating visuals

Simplify and do not complicate your designs. Remove unnecessary footnotes and chart sources. Ensure your information presented on screen or in your presentation is legible to the people sitting furthest away from you. Do not use colour for decorative purposes as it...

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Tips on how to handle long presentations

‘How long is this going to take?’ - a question that races through the audiences mind before the actual presentation starts.                                                                                                                                                 ...

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How to ensure your PowerPoint is valid and worthwhile

The reason for putting together a PowerPoint presentation is to influence and make your audience believe in an idea that you have confidence in. Most people dislike sitting through PowerPoint presentations and may feel it’s a waste of time so you must give them an...

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How to treat your audience when giving a presentation

Respect your audience It is important to check your tone before speaking to a fellow audience member. It is unadvisable to speak down (or even up!) to a fellow audience member. Speaking respectfully to your audience builds relations and ultimately the presentations...

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PowerPoint animations: An ally or distraction?

The most important thing to remember when using animations in PowerPoint is to keep it simple. While PowerPoint provides a lot of options for animating pictures, shapes, slides and more, over-using them can distract your audience and make your presentations look...

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Bold text and why PowerPoint presentations need it

Bold text is trending and here’s why you need to dump the tiny text Using larger and bolder fonts emphasise content over aesthetic Simple looking and legible text is eye catching and appreciated by the audience Increases legibility Bold fonts encourage the audience to...

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Why it’s better to stick with simple fonts

Stick with the classics… here’s why you need to. With the surplus of new extravagant fonts and flashy images, animations and videos people tend to forget that less is more. Using over the top decorations and multimedia could distract your audience and you from the...

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The Ultimate Battle: Powerpoint vs. Keynote

Learn the Pros and Cons of Microsoft’s biggest competitor. PowerPoint: This software is synonymous with ‘presentations.’ and is part of Microsoft's office suite. It is used widely by professionals all over the world. Pros PowerPoint’s best feature is its usability....

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8 ways to make your presentation easier to understand

Thoroughly research your point If you understand your material well then it will be easier to explain it to others. This way, answering doubts or queries will be much easier. Use humour Include relatable stories and jokes to explain points. It is often more effective...

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Who is your audience and how do you convince them

After forming your objective it is imperative to know who your audience will be and then, according to your analysis, thinking of ways to get your information across. ‘There is no such thing as a dumb audience. If they don’t understand it’s because you can’t...

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How to ensure your PowerPoint is valid and worthwhile

The reason for putting together a PowerPoint presentation is to influence and make your audience believe in an idea that you have confidence in. Most people dislike sitting through PowerPoint presentations and may feel it’s a waste of time so you must give them an...

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Your essentials for a great PowerPoint

5 essentials to keep in mind while creating visuals 1. Simplify and do not complicate your designs. Remove unnecessary footnotes and chart sources. 2. Ensure your information presented on screen or in your presentation is legible to the people sitting furthest away...

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