Regardless of who your audience is or how big it is, sending the right message in the best way possible is not always an easy task. Depending on how you create your presentation and the information you intend to distribute, you can either make or break your presentation.
Ever witness someone falling asleep during an important presentation? Yeah, don’t let that be your audience during your presentation! If you’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure how you will tackle your next big presentation, making use of the following tips should get you started.
- Find presentation software that’s quickest and easiest for you.
The truth is, there isn’t a one-fits-all when it comes to presentation software. Some might prefer software with minimal features if it means it will be easy to adapt to. However, others find that the more features, the better, even if it means it may take a while to figure out. It all comes down to how complex you wish to make your presentation and how soon you want it to be done.
With presentation software like Beautiful.AI, your slide design adapts as you add content. Software like this can make making a presentation faster for those in a hurry.
- Use color correctly.
Before even selecting the color scheme for your presentation, it’s important to learn more about color theory. Apart from understanding color theory and being able to select colors that complement or contrast one another, it’s also critical to learn about how color affects us psychologically.
With the proper use of color, neither using too much nor too little, along with selecting colors that motivate and attract your audience, you’ll have an exciting presentation in no time.
- Don’t use too much text on your slides.
More is not always better. The more text you use on the slides of your digital presentation, the smaller the text will have to be. Thus, the harder it will be for your audience to read. And in reality, most of the people within your audience probably have a short attention span and don’t want to strain their eyes as they quickly skim each slide before you change to the next slide.
Keep text on each slide short, sweet, and to the point. Use phrases and words over sentences if you can.
- Prioritize what you’re going to say over what your presentation slides look like.
While it’s still important for you to have attractive slides on your visual presentation, don’t spend so much time on this that you forget to amp up your speaking role. Although the appearance of your presentation will act as a first impression before you even begin, know that what you verbally say is what’s really important.
In fact, an audience is more likely to be engaged if the presentee is a great speaker and knows what to say but has a simple digital presentation versus a presentee who lacks enthusiasm but has a gorgeous visual presentation. Mediate a balance.
- Include infographics, studies, and statistics.
In a digital era where many are skeptics, everyone wants proof. If you truly want to send a certain message, it will be imperative for you to utilize statistics, cite studies, and present infographics. You don’t have to flood your presentation with these. However, a few here and there can do wonders.
But it’s not just about finding statistics or using an attractive infographic. It’s also about finding these from relevant, authoritative, trustworthy sources. Just make sure to give these sources credit if you use their photos, knowledge and ideas, or direct words!
Not everyone is naturally gifted when it comes to creating digital presentations. However, with the right software, proper use of color, the correct amount of text, the emphasis of verbal over visual information, and the inclusion of statistical data, you can have a presentation that will ‘wow’ your audience.