December 21, 2016 / 

Jullietta Stoencheva

How to look like a PowerPoint pro with 4 easy steps

How to look like a powerpoint pro with 4 easy steps

There’s an art to creating those simple yet effective PowerPoints that wow a boardroom. You know the type. Sleek layouts, original images, and not a whiff of WordArt. Perfect.

But guess what? It’s not as tricky as you might think. Here’s how you can become a PowerPoint pro in 4 easy steps.


Keep It Simple

There was a time in the early 2000s when no presentation was complete without a decent dash of WordArt. But thankfully, those days are long gone (we hope).

Modern PowerPoint are more like a good suit. Classy, tailored, and perfectly understated. So how do you design one? Well, for starters, we suggest you scrap the in-your-face animations. A simple fade-out can be effective, but unless you're going for the ironic flames-approach, leave those spinning coins, shooting stars, and shutter blind effects to the 12-year-olds.


Choose A Style And Stick To It

Choose a style and stick to it


Consistency is what separates a professional from the amateurs in the PowerPoint game. So pick a color that matches your brand, message, and tone, and stick to it.

The same goes for fonts. Choose something legible of course–Helvetica, Futura, and Gill Sans are all good choices–and use it throughout your slides. And remember–always stay above 24 points. Nobody should have to walk away from your presentation with an eye strain.


Avoid Cliche Stock Photos

Admit it; we’ve all had a laugh at truly terrible stock photos. So why oh why do some professionals insist on using them in their presentations? Or even worse–those cliched ClipArt images you’ve seen a million times before.

So ditch the stock photos and use unique images that tell a story. Not only will they help people understand what you’re saying, original photos, layouts, and cliparts can also add some much-needed pizzazz to a corporate presentation.

Use Video

Use video

Shying away from using videos in presentations can be tempting. After all, any extra opportunity for a technological mishap is best avoided. But honestly, embedding a short video into a PowerPoint is as easy as pie. And it can be super effective. 

Taking a break to watch a video can break up the monotony of a presentation, add an extra insight into the subject, and give you a short moment to take a breather. Find out how to embed a video in your next PowerPoint here.