Sometimes we often overuse a selected style or layout in our presentation slides. We become too comfortable in using something familiar and soon to be favourite. Overusing a specific style or layout can make our presentation stale and not as interesting. This is especially true if we often present to the same group of audience.
Keeping our presentation visuals fresh is important to ensure that our audience is always attentive and that they are looking forward to see the next slide. We also want to ensure that our presentation slides will still create lasting impressions on our target audience.
There are many ways that we can explore beyond our imagination to keep our style and layout fresh. We can do these just by using the simple tools available in our presentation software. The techniques employed are simple and can be like just creating a border, adding shadows, rotating and/or repositioning an object, etc.
For starters, here are a few options for you to explore.
Changing the way your title looks can make a difference on how others perceive your slides. We often place our title at the top. Why not try putting it in the middle or at the bottom?
If you copy and paste images from the Internet, they can sometimes look unprofessional. Try adding a picture frame with a slight shadow to the image. This will make your image look finished.
If you have imported a high-resolution image, you can enlarge it to fill the whole slide. This will give your image prominence and focus. This also gives it a very interesting perspective especially when you enlarge the image beyond the full screen.
When you have a couple of images scattered on your slide, you can consider gathering them to the center of your slide instead. You will be amazed how different the slide will look.
It is not always necessary to have images in order to make your slides interesting. Using text boxes can also do the trick. Text boxes can be created without much effort using your presentation software.
Showing the full imported image on our slides is quite common. Try showing only part of the image. This creates a curiosity effect that makes the audience wanting to know more.
Give the above suggestions a try! You will be surprised how much more interesting your presentation slides will be.
Moving ahead, we are not limited to these suggested explorations. We need to explore beyond our imagination when it comes to creating interesting visuals for our presentations. Remember, that minor changes can make huge differences in the final result of your presentation.
Don't try to change all your slides at one go as it might seem too overwhelming if you do that. Take small steps at a time and treat it as your journey to a more interesting next presentation.