Create stellar PowerPoint presentations and ship them to Earth. Learn simple tips and tricks to build great presentations people will care about.
Dear fellow passenger, you’ve just landed on PPTPOP planet. It’s a friendly planet populated with PowerPoint design tricks allowing you to create better presentations and ship them to Earth. On PPTPOP, we believe in beautiful design and meaningful content for all. We have an insatiable appetite for PowerPoint presentation design and a healthy disrespect toward boring content and ugly slides. Why?
Designing great PowerPoint presentation slides will skyrocket your chances to stand out. Here, you will learn rules, tricks, tips and use smart resources that will help you to master great PowerPoint design, improve your presentation skills and make people care. Let’s get started with putting things in order.
Thousands and thousands of hours wasted, every single day, by boring and unhappy PowerPoint presentations filled with unreasonable amounts of bullets. It doesn’t really matter who you are. You could be a sales guy, a financial advisor, a business angel or an astronaut, you’re very likely going to use PowerPoint.
The major problem of communication is actually to get people’s attention. Some people have the authority to demand attention. For instance, big clients or our parents (normally). But in many other cases, we can’t beg for attention, we just have to attract it. Because yes, folks we want or have to talk to, colleagues, partners, clients, prospects, are more and more busy. That just means they have much less time available for you. So how can you grab their attention if you’re just standard and look like the others? Well you can’t. Today, you need to be different to stand out.
“Design is the method of putting form and content together […]. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated”. Paul Rand
Great presentations of all kinds shine in two areas: form and content excellence
Our PowerPoint slides are a bit like our brains, they have two “sides”. While one focuses on rational and logic (yes, that’s content we’re talking about) the other digs into emotions and feelings (form). At PPTPOP, you will learn step by step how to master your PowerPoint two “sides”. But not only !
The key rules of success
Before starting, I’d like to share with you several rules of success. These rules are extracted from a fascinating book called Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions and reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier.
Shortly, the book explains what makes an idea or concept memorable or interesting. Chip and Dan Heath believe that sticky ideas (and I would say, by extension, sticky PowerPoints!) have 6 SUCCES principles:
In the next articles, you’ll learn tricks and tips to make your presentations turn from good (or bad) to great. The reason why I’m mentioning you the SUCCESS principles is that 3 of these principles are actually at the core of our strategy to maximize PowerPoint presentations impact. Keeping them in mind will be your best asset to design Killer PPTs. Here there are:
None of your PowerPoints will stand out if the content is complicate and unclear. Because it will either bore people or mislead them. And in both cases, you’d have failed to connect with them. Simple means to find the core of your idea: you should strip your idea down to its most critical essence. And weed out all superfluous, boring and insignificant elements.If you say many things, you don’t say anything. So, don’t say everything, say what matters. We’ll learn together how to do what I call “message triage” and prioritize.
How to make ideas and messages clear? The more you’ll type down on your PPT slides, the more time people will spend reading them. And guess what, if they read you, they don’t listen to you. That means you’re useless. Concreteness is the only true way to ensure that your idea, message, content will mean the same thing to everyone in your audience. People don’t remember vague stuff. Be laser-focus on crafting a content that minimizes the comprehension time of your audience. People have to get it.
To make people care about what you have to say, you have to make them feel something. At PPTPOP, we’ll review the importance of lay-out, visuals, photography, icons, and see how to use them to make your audience feel something.
We’ll uncover secret but truly simple rules to skyrocket your presentations, from PPT design basics, to PowerPoint slide design, PowerPoint template design, creative presentations, best PowerPoint presentations and much more ! If you feel something’s missing , let us know and we’ll write some articles to help out! Thanks for reading !