Coming up with impressive presentations
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Presentations may be controversial in terms of their right to actually exist, yet if it comes to supporting the speaker and providing a dramaturgically comprehensible oral fluency, then they are inevitable. At the same time they are only as professional as permitted by the actual creator.
Numerous amount of important information, yet so little space. Thanks to the flexibility of font sizes, number of lines, and animated overlays allows one to stuff an unanticipated amount of information into just one single slide.
A presentation serves as an efficient aid to orientation during a talk. In order to allow information to be adaptable by the recipient it is all about showing reduction. Content can be shown graphically or text-based in keywords. By reducing the amount of content you achieve - the potential to enlarge the font size and enhance legibility is large.
One slide - one aspect (with a maximum of seven bullet points).
Those who manage to respect their language, do not clip full sentences to a series of keywords. Presentations are also entitled to grammatical correctness.
Presentations do not only manage to serve as an individually enjoyable reading experience but also act as visual and cognitive points of reference during a verbal engagement with the subject. Congested slides do not add value to better understanding certain elements, rather they can cause confusion. By the way, grammatical correctness can also be achieved when working with specific keywords, though some presentations would already consider themselves fortunate if they were orthographically correct.
Keywords, too, comply with grammatical, orthographical and logical rules.
A specific slide background can include valuable additional information to the content and should therefore also be designed remarkable and memorable.
Having to rely on – at least – the presentation background in order to stick in the crowd’s mind, means one should probably go without the entire presentation as a whole. Not only the superfluously applied graphical elements also the whole talk itself should be memorable. You can confidently spare the prominent, constantly alternating background images and instead invest more effort into the onetime design of a slide template . Thus, style and aesthetics are represented and transport a consistent impression. Header and footer provide enough space for branding, structuring and image elements – the center of the slides still belongs to the content. The choice of background colors should follow the biggest possible differentiation from the front color in order to provide the most optimal legibility.
Keep the background to the background.
Various contents convey various moods. Therefore, it seems natural to illustrate various entertaining contents with Comic Sans, highlight quotes with Brush Script Std, mark risk with MS Gothic and use Wingdings for that extra touch of fun.
We are able to recognize Disney, Coca-Cola, and Yahoo, not only by their logo but by their obvious typeface. It is not for nothing that tailor-made corporate fonts have gained acceptance and by now are considered indispensable branding elements of key global brands. Regard your presentation as a label - with branded product you can provide your personal handwriting – in a metaphorical sense that is, of course. A presentation should not consist of more than two different typefaces, one of them regarded to headlines, and the other to further content. They must also obey the rule, which comes with a large risk: squiggly, all to individualized and hard-to-read fonts undermine the actual respectability of the content. Plus, being overly engaged with reading makes it even more difficult to listen.
Content holds a large amount of significance; few but easily legible fonts give credit to this idea.
In order to manage to keep all recipients in line, one has to bring the big guns in possibilities of visualization and animation. Bright effects support attention and turn a tedious presentation into an experience that manages to inevitably stick in the crowd’s mind.
Something that sticks in an individuals mind does not necessarily need to be considered a positive result of a presentation. Is it the content that is remembered by the audience or rather the animation of jumping purple shamrock that crosses through the supply chain of a watch manufacturer? Particularly, animations that are both flashy and superfluous have no real right to exist since most of the time they just seem uncalled for. Everything that jumps, blings, appears, shines, and rotates inappropriately, distracts from the oral presentation and might turn out to be one of your greatest enemies.
Animations are without a doubt permitted, however only if they contextually reinforce and illustrate topics.
Mistakes avoided... so what?
In an absolute endless way, the subject matter of perfect presentations has been reviewed countless times. But simple fault prevention is not the only thing that is required in order to succeed. Software and technology have long ago arrived in the 21st century and allow a presentation to be an eye catcher and a convincing marketing tool.
Part 2 of the guide (www.kalbeck.com) shows tailor-made elements and structures of presentations offering more than just the contents they transport.
Too long; didn't read
Reasonable reduction makes content more easily adoptable and enables the audience to follow the verbal presentation.
Despite tightening, written text has follow the rules content-wise, grammatically and orthographically.
The slides‘ background may be used for branding or orientation elements but should not distract
Fonts have their own character and do transport a special feeling. Thus, it is necessary to choose wisely and be consistent.
Animations can be of great help when it comes to illustrating complex subjects; but spare pointless flashing, bouncing, spinning, popping up or blurring
Despite all the tutorials and how-tos, simply avoiding mistakes is nowhere near a good presentation. It takes more: creativity, knowledge about the target group and the purpose as well as a sense fort he right balance between facts and feelings.
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