Big & Clear Slides
In his book "PowerPoint Surgery," Lee Jackson writes: "Your slides should be a billboard, not a document." To say more with less, use our Big & Clear Slides. All 50 slides in the deck are supported by large, easy to read fonts and plenty of space for visual aids, so you can be confident that your audience is comfortable and takes in the information without even noticing.
Dale Ludwig and Greg Owen-Boger, the authors of The Orderly Conversation, say: "Well-designed visuals do more than provide information; they bring order to the conversation." Add a compelling visual to this slide for a strong start.
If you need to place a large chunk of text on your slide, use this one to ensure that it's easy to read and doesn't cause any discomfort to the reader. Make certain that there is a sharp contrast between the text and background colors.
Quotes are a great way to aid your arguments, claims and offers. A clever, funny or thought-provoking idea said by someone famous may greatly influence the audience to view a topic of your presentation in a whole new light.
The author of "How Music Works," David Byrne, said: "Powerpoint presentations are a kind of theater, a kind of augmented stand-up. Too often it's a boring and tedious genre, and audiences are subjected to the bad as well as the good." Big and clear slides make better decorations for your "performance" and allow your audience to focus more on the topic of your speech.
Big and Clear slides are quite versatile and can be used when large amounts of data are not required. For instance, a real estate agent can employ Big and Clear slides when putting together a portfolio with property pictures and blueprints for a client or event. Or a workshop lecturer, who doesn't need text-heavy slides, can use Big and Clear deck to provide supportive visuals and illustrate examples for the lesson.
Do's and Dont's
"We're living in a visual culture," says Paul Jurczynski, the cofounder of Improve Presentation. "Everything is visual. Instagram is on fire, and you don't often see bad images on there. The same trend has come to presentations."
As one of the experts working with TED speakers to perfect their slides, Jurczynski came up with simple dos and don'ts that will help to improve any presentation:
Keep your slides simple and succinct
"The golden rule is to have one claim or idea per slide. If you have more to say, put it on the next slide," says Jurczynski. He also recommends placing the words and images in a way that begins where the audience's eyes naturally go and then follow their gaze. "You don't just control what the audience sees; you have to control how they see it," Jurczynski says.
Choose colors and fonts carefully
We can't say this enough, neither can't the experts. "The good news is you don't need a degree in color theory to build a palette," Jurczynski says. To assemble color themes, you can use Coolors or Color Hunt sites (or the good old Adobe Color Wheel palette generator).
When it comes to fonts, "you don't have to stick to the fonts that you have in PowerPoint. People are now designing and sharing fonts that are easy to install in different programs. Use a big enough font, which people often forget to do. Your text has to be both legible and large enough to read from the back of the room, […] about 30 points or so," he recommends.
Settle for visual cliches
When you brainstorm concept illustrations, think outside of the box and don't be boring. After you've come up with your symbol or idea, avoid turning to Google images, which has too many low-quality and clichéd choices, and make use of other free stock image sites such as Unsplash, which offer more unique choices, Jurczynski says.
Get bogged down by charts and graphs
Jurczynski also believes that less is more when it comes to data visualization. To make your charts or graphs more appealing, highlight key data points with color, bolding, enlarging or any other effect, he says.