How to Design a Presentation that Stands Out

Designing a presentation that stands out is very important because it can help you get more views, likes, and shares. It can also help you make a lasting impression on everyone who sees your presentation.

How to Design a Presentation that Stands Out
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Designing a presentation that stands out is very important because it can help you get more attention, and it can also help you make a lasting impression on everyone who sees your presentation.

When designing a presentation, it is important to consider the color scheme and typography.

The color scheme should be bold, yet subtle at the same time. A good way to achieve this is by choosing a few primary colors with one or two secondary colors added in for accentuation purposes. The typography should be large enough so that people can read it without having to squint at their screens too much or move closer to them.

Use a template.

If you're short on time, always use a template. Not only do they save you from having to spend hours in front of your computer searching for images and fonts, but they also allow you to focus on content instead of design. And since there are so many options available for templates, it's easy to find one that fits your brand and is visually appealing without being too busy or distracting from the information presented.

If you're using PowerPoint or Keynote (the two most popular presentation apps), look for templates that are simple and clean, but still have a nice design.

Tell a story.

You've figured out what you want to say, how you want to say it, and how long your presentation should be. Your next step is to consider the way in which you'll introduce your topic and move through the content itself.

You can tell a story that uses imagery or metaphor, or even just write one straight out: "This is my dog." Without any context given beforehand (such as "I have a dog"), this statement doesn't really mean anything much at all—it does not provide any insight into what sort of person would own such an animal nor why they might do so.

But once we add some details about where she lives and what her life looks like now—in other words, create a narrative around her—we start building up more meaning for ourselves as well as our audience members.

This kind of storytelling allows us all space for imagination; instead of being told how something should be perceived from someone else's perspective, people will be using their own imaginations based on what has been presented thus far about our narrator/dog owner's life circumstances (or lack thereof).

Vary your slide layouts.

Slide layouts are the different versions of slides that are available in your presentation. You can choose from a variety of layouts, and each one has a different set of placeholders for you to add content to.

For example, if you choose the Title Slide layout, you have a title box where you can type in the text; if instead you choose the Blank Layout option, there’s no text box so it's just an empty slide with no text on it.

You'll want to make sure that every slide in your presentation has some kind of content on it so that audiences don't feel like they're being left hanging—even if what goes into those placeholder boxes changes between slides!

Make it readable.

There are two main types of fonts: serif and sans serif. Serif fonts have little feet at the end of each letter, while sans serif fonts don't. You might think it's about as simple as that, but there are actually many different kinds of serif and sans serif fonts with lots of different variations on each type.

For example, Helvetica is considered a sans-serif font because it doesn't have any feet at all (or any other decorative flourishes).

Times New Roman is considered a serif font because it does have those feet on its letters. And then there are hundreds of fonts in between these two extremes: some with lots more decoration than others; some heavier or lighter; some narrower or wider; some more "rounded" than get the idea!

The most important thing to remember when choosing your presentation text is which kind depends entirely on how easy it will be for people who aren't already familiar with your presentation to read—which means making sure that all their attention isn't being drawn away from what you're saying by something else going on in their peripheral vision (like an ugly background).

This means using either sans-serif or seriffed text that's set at around 14pts (or bigger) and has enough white space around each word so no one gets lost trying to figure out where one ends and another begins!

Minimize the text.

If you can, use your presentation software to minimize the number of words. It may be easier to think in terms of images, so create bullet points or tables when applicable. If a slide is complex, try using icons instead of text (think about social media apps like LinkedIn). The less text there is on a slide, the more likely it will be seen as memorable and creative.

Use an active voice.

  • Active voice
  • Use the active voice when you want to emphasize the person or thing that is doing the action. For example: "Dan delivered his presentation." In this sentence, 'Dan' is performed the action—or delivered—and if we were to put it in passive voice, that would be changed to something like "His presentation was delivered by Dan."
  • Passive voice
  • This can be a little trickier because sometimes we choose to use passive voice for stylistic reasons (like making things sound more formal). However, it's still important that you know when your writing has been turned into passive voice so that you can fix it! To check whether a sentence has been written in passive or active form, remove 'by,' 'was,' or any other word describing how something happened (like 'is'). If what remains reads as though someone did something on purpose rather than accidentally happening upon themself being done by something else then chances are good that you used active language instead of passive language.

Choose the right images and graphics.

A great presentation is one that's visually stunning, but also well designed. The key to creating a presentation that stands out and keeps the audience engaged is to choose images and graphics that are relevant to your content, high resolution, interesting, and relevant. This means avoiding cheesy stock photos or cartoon characters as much as possible—unless you're making a PowerPoint about corporate branding (in which case: go for it).

It also means being sure all of your images have been properly licensed before using them in your slides. While most people do not think twice about incorporating copyrighted material into their presentations (and they shouldn't), it is illegal to use someone else's work without their permission in any way that benefits you financially—which includes putting it on display during an important presentation! If you don't have rights to license an image or if there isn't enough time for research before the big day rolls around, find something else.

You can design a beautiful presentation that people will love to listen to and see

If you want to design a presentation that stands out, here are some tips.

  • Use a template that you like. You can find templates for PowerPoint in the Office Store on your computer or online.
  • Tell a story with each slide, and use animation to emphasize important points. Animation is more than just adding movement effects—it’s about creating an experience for your audience by using visuals they will remember.
  • Vary the slide layouts so that each one isn’t just text on top of text (boring!) or just graphics (annoying!). Try mixing in some tables and graphs so people have different ways of taking in the information as they go through it.
  • Make it readable: minimize the text size, use an active voice rather than a passive voice whenever possible, break up large blocks of text into smaller chunks using lists and bullet points if necessary; also make sure there is plenty of white space around all elements so it doesn't feel cluttered or overwhelming! This way people won't be able to skim ahead without absorbing what's already there first because everything will stand out visually instead