No need to make your presentation complicated, keep your slides simple so they are easy to follow along.
You should try to limit the amount of text on your slide, so the audience follows along with your presentation instead of tuning you out to read your slides.
Animation can be useful, but also very distracting. Be sure to stick to one theme and not try to make animations a noticeable part of your presentation, they are not as important as the content you are speaking so don’t make them the focal point.
Use High quality photos to support your talking points. Photos with lower quality make your presentation seem to have a lower quality as well.
Don’t make your slides bland, make sure your presentation is something that the audience has never seen before. If it looks common to the audience, most of the people will tone you out.
If you have data in your slides, make sure you uses appropriate charts that are easy for the audience to comprehend. The better the chart, the more attentive your audience will be.
Use fonts that people do not see everyday. Using a boring font can lead to a boring presentation. Use something that is eye catching, but still legible.
When you choose a theme, be sure to use colors that go well with each other. Don’t use colors that are hard to read, make your message clear.
If you use video or audio, make sure it is embedded properly. There is nothing worse than sloppy work. Also, make sure the video is relevant to your presentation and not just a filler of time. You want to keep your audience engaged, not put them to sleep.
Make sure your slides have an order that flows well with the presentation. Slide order is extremely important for the organization of your presentation.
When giving a presentation, no one wants someone to be monotone. Be enthusiastic and show passion in your topic because the audience feeds off your emotions.
Humor is a great way to keep your audience engaged, people like things that make them laugh so if you can use humor as a way to help get your point across and keep your audience engaged then by all means, USE IT!!
Audiences can usually tell when someone is unprepared, and they usually do not listen to someone who is not prepared. Preparation is vital to delivering a good presentation. Proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance.
The best way to keep your presentation flowing is by telling it as a story, not just throwing facts out. Stories are much easy to follow and understand.
It is important to breathe! Breathing when you talk allows you to speak at a comfortable level and if you are comfortable, then most likely your audience will be more attentive.
Make eye contact with your audience, it makes your presentation more personal to them, and also keeps them engaged. They want to get to know you, so show them that you care about them.
When delivering a presentation, you want to always try to keep your audience engaged, if they are engaged throughout the presentation then you did your job and they walk away learning something that they did not previously know. If they are not engaged you might as well not even be up there to begin with as you will be wasting your time and theirs.
Design & Delivery
Sean de Herder
Keep It Simple