In just a short amount of time, you’ve done the unthinkable. You’ve changed the way your company, your department or your team does business, and now the world has to know how you did this. I think it’s time to do it again, and this time with a killer presentation. So, let’s learn a little about how you can do this easily using PowerPoint Templates.
PowerPoint templates are not just collections of slides with marble backgrounds and bullet points strewn everywhere. Instead, let’s view them as presentation frameworks – a framework with which you can build a beautiful presentation. That’s all it has to be. Now, let’s get started!
- Create your template library
Your first step is to create your own template library, a library of PowerPoint documents that have presentation structures you like. This library can contain templates that you’ll use when giving presentations that include lists, presentations that are meant to inspire, frameworks for very content heavy presentations, etc. All you need is a few frameworks that you can reuse whenever you have a presentation to give. A good way to start is to go back to all of your old presentations and create frameworks from those.
- Craft a plan
There are a few ways to plan your presentation. Some people use sticky notes and arrange them on walls, some use simple word processing documents and arrange their slides in words first and all of these methods work. I’d like to suggest answering two questions before you plan your presentation slide by slide: “what does my audience want to hear?” and “what do I want my audience to think about after my presentation is over?”. Use these questions to guide your outline and planning of the presentation.
- Grab your tone
After you have an outline and a good idea for what you want to do, it’s time to figure out your tone and concept. This step helps you figure out your color scheme, your typography, your images and in some cases, your flow.
- Mash it all together
It’s time to put it all together as you now have everything you need. Your plan or outline helps you figure out exactly what you will present, your template gives you the organization you need to flow through the presentation beautifully, and your tone gives you the guidance for design you need including everything from typography to color scheme to images.
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