Slides are an integral part of your presentation. Every slide needs to be impactful. The first lesson you should remember is that no information that is deemed an excess or is not very relevant, important or quintessential should not find a place on the slides. No slide should be used for information that can be omitted or just shared while you keep swinging from one slide to another. Slides need to be impactful. There shouldn’t be one bland or ignorable slide in your presentation.
Having begun with a quintessential ingredient, here are other elements that will make your slides impactful.
- Always opt for shorter slides. Do not have verbose content on slides. Don’t have innumerable slides in your presentation. Have as fewer slides as possible given the subject you are talking about. Endless slides are not just an excess but a deal breaker. No one is interested in dozens of slides. They just want an engaging presentation with the bottom line being conveyed in a concise way.
- Slides should ideally have a combination of text and numbers. Since not every slide can have numbers or text, you should try info-graphics or other visually appealing way to present the information. Research statistics, find relevant data or compare data and pit it against perceptions so you can have a combination of text and numbers. A slide that contains too many numbers and just numbers will appear to be solely analytical whereas a slide that contains only text will seem an illustration and not an analytical sharing of information. Find the ideal blend.
- Tell a story. Every slide must have something for you to say. The slide is not the only mouthpiece you have. The slide should be complementary. Your verbal presentation may be complementary as well. What you speak cannot be what is up there on the slide. Also, you cannot just present the statistics, info-graphics and texts without weaving a story. Try to find individual stories for every significant data or inference you share.
- Use image or video in every slide where you can. Some slides will have info-graphics or graphs in which case you don’t need images or videos. Others should have some visual form of information. Text doesn’t really qualify as such.
- Have a narrative. Every slide can have a story of its own and it is perfectly fine as long as it has an impact but all the stories should fall in line forming a narrative.