Here are my top 6 tips when creating slides. This is a slightly different post to most that I create because it is less about how to use the software and more about the design side of the PowerPoint slides.
We have all seen presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint where the slides created are difficult to read but here we will look at some of the main things to consider to help improve this.
1. Each slide should have only 1 message
This makes the slides easier to read as well as being easier to absorb the information they contain.
2. Use contrasting colours
When creating charts and graphs it may look great using similar colours but it makes it difficult to read which set of data corresponds to which label.
3. Heading size
This may go against everything you have ever done!! With a slide that contains a heading and bulleted text the most important information on your slide is not the title. The title formalises the information on the slide but it is the other information that should take priority. Therefore make the heading smaller than the rest of the text letting the rest of the information stand out.
Avoid sentences where possible but if you must use them then do not talk while people are reading them. As humans we cannot read sentences and listen to them being read out at the same time so the message contained in them is less likely to be absorbed.
5. Slide background colour
Make this dark not light. The white background we often see stems from writing on white paper but actually this makes it more difficult to read and puts more strain on our eyes. It’s why, over the last year or so, dark mode has been introduced on many mobile phones and other products.
6. Maximum points per slide
There is scientific research that the maximum number of points we can quickly read is 6. We can take 6 points in as a whole but once 1 more is added they need to be read as individual points.
Putting these into practice will stop creating slides that get read out by the presenter, ones that are too crowded or the text is too small. The will leave you with beautifully simple designs that help enhance the presentation rather than detract from it.
Here’s to some positive PowerPointing!!