Designing a Professional PowerPoint Presentations

There is nothing worse than going to a meeting and being forced to sit through a badly designed and boring presentation. Professional PowerPoint presentations can make the difference between a pointless meeting and sharing information worth having.

The biggest hurdle that many people face with in designing professional PowerPoint presentations is the actual design. Not everyone is an advertising and creative genius. As such, here are some tips to help you on your way to a great looking presentation.

A great first step is to get all of the content together. This will give you an idea of how much you have to say. You could write up your entire speech and then use a summary of your speech to create your presentation. Then you can get to the actual design.

It is important for professional PowerPoint presentations to have a theme that is relevant to the topic. Using a red based colour scheme for an environmental issues presentation will not work too well, for example, blues and greens would be a far better idea. The colours that you choose should be related to one another and provide you with options for highlighting important points.

The cover slide is the first impression that people get of your professional PowerPoint presentation. It is easy to make an interesting yet not overly busy cover slide in a few minutes. Use one of your chosen colours as the background and another which contrasts well with your background as the text colour. You will also need to choose a font which you will use through the rest of your presentation. You need to be sure that the font is easy to read and looks professional. Something square is usually the best idea. Avoid all the fancy looking fonts, stick to something simple. You can then add in a watermark image if you like, just to make that first slide a little more interesting.

You now use the same font and background colours for the rest of your slides. This provides some uniformity to the presentation. Keep the points on your slides short and to the point. What you say is more important than what is on the slides. They are there just to highlight and provide visual aids to what you are saying. Use graphics and graphs where you can as they make statistics easier to understand. You should also vary the layout of the content slides a little. This keeps things interesting.

Just remember that you are creating professional PowerPoint presentations, not a presentation for primary school children and you should be just fine.