Tips to Create Effective Slideshow Presentations

Slideshow presentations can be used in a lot of different ways. In some cases, you may want to create an educational presentation for a class, while in others you may need to create a business presentation to pitch an idea.

The one thing all slideshow presentations share in common, however, is that you will want them to be able to grab the attention of the audience and hold it. That is what separates effective slideshow presentations from ineffective ones, and that is what the following tips will help you to create:

Use visuals to deliver the message on each slide

Don’t assault your audience with a wall of text on your slides, but instead use visuals to deliver the message. Not only will this make your presentation much more interesting, but you will find that the audience is able to absorb the information you’re putting across much more effectively.

Limit each slide to a single message

In conjunction with using visuals to deliver the message, you should limit each slide to a single message. That way you should have more than enough room to devote to the visuals, and you won’t distract viewers by focusing on different messages at the same time.

Add effects sparingly

Although it can be tempting to jazz up your presentation with lots of effects ranging from creative filters to animated transitions – don’t. The fact of the matter is that adding too many effects is just going to be a distraction, and will actually make it more difficult for you to engage the audience with the actual content.

Adding a few effects can be good, however, but each effect that you add should be for a specific reason – such as to emphasize a certain point or drive it home.

Open the presentation with a hook

Very often some members of your audience will start to drift not long after you begin the presentation and your chances of regaining their attention after that point are slim. To avoid that you should try to open your presentation with some type of hook that piques their interest.

For informative presentations, you could open by outlining what the presentation is about then immediately pivoting to how it will benefit the audience.

Design the slideshow to be consistent

Try to establish a consistent look for your slideshow so that it appears more professional. More importantly that way you can set a particular point or element apart by breaking with the pattern you’ve established.

While there are lots of tools that you can use to create slideshows, you should try to find one with the features that you need. For example, if you want a slideshow maker with music, you could look at Movavi Slideshow Maker.

At the end of the day, the tips listed above should help you to attract and interest more members of your audience – and keep them interested for much longer. Be sure to try them out the next time you’re creating a presentation, and see the impact they can have.

Stewart Thurlow

Stewart Thurlow

I once shared a lift with Meryl Streep & Julianne Moore. Oh, & Victoria Beckham smiled at me. UK Editor for ADDICTED.
Stewart Thurlow