Have you ever had a class, lecture or proposal and had no idea where to start? You’re not the only one: I think everyone has passed, or will go through it! Setting up a good presentation presentation requires knowledge of several areas: content (what will be spoken in the document itself), script, design, tool (Power Point, Keynote or Prezi) and also oratory. But what if you, the individual, do not have the time and money to invest in a company that specializes in this?
It is possible for you to “turn 30” and still be able to put together a great presentation, simple, beautiful and efficient without depending on other people for it. With some practical tips you can improve your material and create interesting presentations that get your message across clearly. Let’s go to the 6 main topics to put together a good presentation?
1. Scope of its presentation
The first thing to put together a good proposal or presentation is to understand the purpose and draw a prior scope. This scope will be the basis of your script, the order of your story. You can use Evernote for example to list everything you need to say.
2. Alignments and rules
Before you start planning your logo design, placing text, images, videos, etc., set the default alignments for your document. Will the texts be left aligned? Is everything centralized? Set a pattern and follow this same alignment on all slides. Doing this from the beginning makes it easier to tidy up and still leaves everything feeling more organized. In addition, it is often noticeable the lack of alignment of objects, which ends up causing visual confusion or even the perception of carelessness in the presentation assembly.
There are two practical ways you can choose the color palette for your slides:
1) Use the colors of the customer or your own company. This is easy, isn’t it? To do this simply use Photoshop or the tool itself (Power Point or Keynote) and use the eyedropper and pick up the colors of some company material.
2) If it’s a new project that doesn’t have any colors yet or even a personal talk, you can use services like Adobe Color that help you prepare the color palettes or already have THOUSANDS of ready-made combinations, like the screen below. In this case I suggest researching the meaning of colors and choosing the primary color that matches the type of message you want to convey.
There are millions of websites today that offer excellent fonts to download for free, but I only suggest one because it is very complete, easy to use and with a huge variety of fonts: Google Fonts. You can even type a text and see what its formatting will look like in Google Fonts itself, thus avoiding downloading a bunch of them – which you’ll never use, believe me!
Tip: Try to limit yourself to only 2 fonts in the document. The largest and widest for title, the smallest for text.
I recommend 4 free stock photos: Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash and Gratisography. These 4 sites are very complete and frequently updated. There are dozens more sites, but most have the same images as the ones above, so there’s no need to use them either.
There is no point in having a beautiful PPT if the content is poorly written, long or does not make the message clear. Review it several times and ask others to take a look. If it is a business proposition, for example, ask someone outside the company to see if they get the message, if there are any questions or missing information. If it’s a talk, go over with someone and see what they think. Was it long? Too many slides? Is the slideshow maker really good? Could you see everything from afar? Got too much text on some slides?
Hopefully you can benefit from reading this article.