16 Presentation Ideas and PowerPoint Examples
30 million PowerPoint presentations are made around the world daily. How many more bad ones should we have to sit through? Sitting through a long, boring, PowerPoint sales presentation that no person wants to listen to can be torture.
The much worse scenario is that you are the one giving that presentation. . .
The truth is that we all want all of them to be much more engaging, to the point, and effective. Follow these 16 PowerPoint presentation tips to create a presentation that is out of this world.
1) Start With Your Audience
Who are the people that you are going to be presenting to? What is their age, who are they, what is their income and occupation? These things will help you to craft your PowerPoint presentation.
2) Your Message is Important
Tailor the message to your audience to help them understand why you are presenting and to reach your goal. This infographic is a great source to use when deciding how to craft a presentation.
3) Keep Your Slides Short and to the Point
Each slide should only be about one key point or take away. If you put too much information on one slide it will become confusing to the viewer. Try to focus on putting one point and then some bullets explaining it on each slide.
4) You Don’t HAVE to Use PowerPoint
If you don’t have PowerPoint you don’t have to worry! There are some great free options that you can make a great presentation with as well.
Canva is a great and powerful photo editing tool. It has great fonts and filters to make it incredibly easy to create powerful, engaging, professional and custom presentations. Canva gives you access to hundreds of design templates and gives you the ability to customize your presentations to your exact specifications. The best part is that all of it is free.
Check out canva.com for more information.
Prezi and Google Slides are also both web-based, free options that allow you to give a presentation anywhere from the web.
5) Use These PowerPoint Presentation Templates
Use these 14 PowerPoint Presentation Tips and Templates. They will help you create a presentation with style. You don’t have to use every single tool that PowerPoint provides you with. These are some that you can definitely use to take your presentation to the next level.
6) Use Pictures and Visuals When They Add to the Presentation
Use visuals in your presentation that help get your point across. Know your audience. Here is a great Slideshare on creating visual presentations.
7) Use Bullet Points Rather Than Paragraphs
When you use bullet points on your slides, it gives your audience key points from your presentation. It also gives you speaking cues, incase you lose your train of thought. Don’t overload your slides with bullets. This will keep your audience engaged with you and not reading slides.
Your slides shouldn’t do the talking for you. Limit your words to 6 words per line, and 6 lines per slide.
8) Don’t Read Your Slides Word for Word
Your presentation should help to supplement what you have to say and give key points. You are the presenter, use your slides to get your key points across keep them simple. Elaborate on the information in your slides, don’t read them word for word. With each point, if you are using bullets, you can then elaborate by telling an interesting story, or a joke.
9) Use Easy to Read Text
Use text that is easy to read for your audience when you are giving your presentation. Use text such as Arial, or Helvetica. Save text that is fancy for large headlines in your presentation.
10) Bring Your Own Hardware
Formatting is important if you bring your own USB. It’s best practice to bring your own laptop that you want to use. Just make sure you have prepared how to connect it. Bring your presentation on a USB flash drive as a backup just in case. It is also possible to email the presentation to yourself or save it on Dropbox.
11) Try to Keep it Under 20 Minutes
A study at from the University of Tennessee stated that the average attention span of an adult is 20 minutes.
Try to keep your presentations under this amount of time or give your audience a break by showing a video or demo to keep them interested.
12) Use Videos to Add Engagement
Sometimes a video will add a little something extra to your presentation. Use them when they are beneficial. Communicate your idea in a 2-4 minute video. Ensure that the production value of the video is good. The video should directly relate to your presentation. Ensure that you are only using videos in your presentation to add value.
13) Quality Over Quantity
Don’t waste your audience’s time with fluff and nonsense. Use your slides for quality information and only use them to enhance your presentation. Less is more. The more words and fluff on a slide, the more chances your audience will have to tune out. You don’t want that.
14) Practice, Practice, Practice
Preparation is the key to giving an effective presentation. So, write a complete outline of your talk in bullet point detail. Don’t write it word for word, but write it out as bullet points. Next, dictate your talk into a voice recorder or cell phone, and then listen to it. It’s amazing how much different it sounds when you hear your own voice. You’ll see ways that you could have presented it differently.
Sometimes just changing the order of points increases their impact.
15) Learn From the Best PowerPoint Presentations
Some presentations are better than others. Look at other presentations for ideas before creating your own. Keep an eye on how the use of visuals and layouts.
Here is a great presentation to fix your really bad PowerPoint based on Seth Godin’s e-book.
Fix Your Really Bad PowerPoint by @slidecomet : based on an ebook by @ThisIsSethsBlog from SlideComet
16) Make it Actionable
Provide something at the end of your presentation that your audience can do immediately to take action. This is the exclamation point at the end of your talk. It’s where you wrap everything up and bring everything together. What can your audience do when they walk out of the room to put what they learned into action?
Do you have any other tips to add to the list? Share them in the comments below. I’ve also created a sales presentation Powerpoint Template that will help you create a compelling sales presentation that includes everything you need to make to win your prospects over.
16 Presentation Ideas and PowerPoint Examples
16 PowerPoint presentation ideas and examples to ensure an attentive audience. Make your presentation more engaging, to the point, and effective.
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SlideShare can be a great tool to promote your business and reach your target market with your amazing PowerPoint presentations. Plus, your audience can review your information at their own leisure through the SlideShare platform.
In this article, you'll learn all about SlideShare:
- We'll explain what SlideShare is and describe what makes a good SlideShare presentation.
- We'll also provide you with some top SlideShare presentation examples for inspiration.
- Next, we'll briefly touch on how to make SlideShare presentations.
- Finally, we'll discuss the importance of using templates to create powerful PowerPoint presentations.
Guide to Making Great Presentations (Free eBook Download)
Before you read on, be sure to grab our free eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. It will help you master the presentation process, from: initial idea, through to writing, design, and delivering with impact.
Now let's learn more about what SlideShare is, and dive into some great presentation examples with helpful tips:
What Is SlideShare?
If you're not familiar with SlideShare, you may wonder what it is and how it can help your business.
SlideShare is a platform that lets users share slide presentations online. Presentations can be shared publicly, or the share can be limited to a private group. Since SlideShare presentations are viewed online, they can be considered a form of online content. As such, they have some things in common with other types of online content.
SlideShare was founded in 2006, but has been owned by LinkedIn since 2012. According to SlideShare's own About page, the website ranks internationally within the top 100 most-visited sites and has over 80 million users. The popularity of SlideShare gives you the potential to reach a large number of potential clients when you use it to share your presentations.
What Makes a Great SlideShare Presentation?
As discussed earlier, SlideShare presentations can be considered a form of online content. As such, they have much in common with other forms of online content. Perhaps the most notable common factor is that you literally have seconds to attract a viewer's attention before they move on to other online content.
So, you may be wondering, what makes a SlideShare presentation great? Why do some SlideShare presentations attract thousands of views while others are skipped over and fail to become popular?
Of course, there's more than one factor that contributes to a good SlideShare presentation. But here are six of the most important factors that many great SlideShare presentations share:
- Great cover image. Arguably, this may be one of the most important factors on the list. If your cover slide doesn't draw your audience in, there's little chance that they'll stick around to view the entire slideshow. A compelling cover image is an important part of a compelling cover slide.
- Covers an interesting topic. It may not seem fair, but the topic of a slideshow plays a large part in whether it reaches an audience. The more interesting the topic, the more likely it is to reach its audience. If your SlideShare topic seems dull, figure out a way to make it more interesting.
- Tells a compelling story. It's no secret that we humans love a good story. If the story your SlideShare tells is interesting enough, you've greatly increased the odds that readers will stick around long enough to find out how it ends. Don't be afraid to share your company's story.
- Uses clear slide designs. There's good design and there's bad design. Good slide design enhances a slideshow without calling attention to itself. Bad slide design distracts from your message. Bad design is obvious—even to viewers without any design training at all. Good design, however, is often less obvious.
- Reaches a target audience. Not everyone is your potential client. A good SlideShare developer knows exactly who they are addressing. They'll customize your presentation through effective use of design, language, and other means so that it's optimized for the target audience you're aiming at.
- Hits a marketing goal. A great SlideShare presentation is also an effective SlideShare presentation. That's why nearly every presentation that hits a marketing goal includes one or more of the factors listed above.
For a more in-depth discussion of what makes a great SlideShare presentation, review the info found in Eugene Cheng's helpful slideshow, SlideShare Experts Presentation Design Secrets From 7 Experts.
Note: Cheng's slideshow is also a good example of an effective SlideShare.
The Best PowerPoint SlideShare Presentation Examples (+Killer Tips)
There's nothing like a good example to illustrate a point. That's why we've included 14 recent examples of some of the best PowerPoint SlideShare presentations we've seen with this article. I'll include an image and a link to each SlideShare. After each example, I'll briefly explain a few of the factors that make that SlideShare so effective.
In no particular order, let's take a look at some of the best SlideShare presentations out there, with easy to follow tips included:
1. Use an Engaging Cover Design
If a cover slide catches your attention, chances are good that you're going to explore the rest of the SlideShare. That's exactly what happens with this slideshow from Patrick Stahler of FluidMinds.
Take a look at the rocket on this presentation's cover slide. Not only does the rocket ship catch your eye, but there's a symbolic meaning there as well. The rocket could mean many things ranging from exploration to soaring success.
Notice also that the cover slide heading is both scannable and concise. The use of highly readable headings and text are consistent throughout the entire presentation.
2. Tell a Compelling Story
When you see the caped figure on the cover slide of this SlideShare presentation from High Spark | Visual Storytelling Agency, your first reaction is probably—how does this superhero relate to storytelling? You'll want to click through to find the answer.
The SlideShare doesn't disappoint. It takes you through some popular superhero characters and explains why we find them so interesting. Here's an example of some of the storytelling in this presentation:
The picture here tells the story of two humans having a friendly discussion. They're definitely NOT robots.
Note: The characters in the above presentation belong to DC Comics.
3. Use Questions to Draw People In
You may think that a cover slide has to have an image to be compelling. Think again.
This top SlideShare presentation from Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media starts with the three letter question, WTF? Those three letters against a stark black background are enough to engage the reader. Inquiring minds want to know ... WTF?
The presentation goes on to answer the question of the title slide with a series of predictions about the future. The mood of the presentation is set by the title slide's dark background and is carried throughout the entire slideshow.
4. Good Design Makes a Difference
A good design should enhance a presentation, not distract from it. That's exactly how design is used in this SlideShare presentation from DesignMantic. While the design is attractive, it's not busy. Nor does it compete with the message.
One of my favorite slides in this presentation is this one, where the dots in the slide design are echoed by the round frame around the photo image:
The elegant design worked well. Of all the SlideShare presentations featured in this list, this one had the most views.
5. Add the Human Factor
It's been shown that people are drawn to photos of other people. Wrike makes good use of this principle with this great SlideShare. Nearly every slide in this presentation features a photo of one or more people, usually interacting in a work environment.
For example, who wouldn't want to be part of this fun work group?
This looks more like a group of friends at a coffee shop than a business team hard at work. But that's exactly the point.
6. Cover an Interesting Topic
Nearly everyone wants to become more productive. No doubt the authors of this SlideShare on Productivity Secrets from Officevibe knew this when they created this presentation about productivity secrets.
The presentation is full of solutions to common productivity problems—including problems like email overload and time management. Since these are popular obstacles that many people must overcome, most people will click through to find the answers.
7. Icons Can Be Effective
Incorporating icons into your slideshow design can add interest. In this presentation from Yuan Wang of Studio Ninja, colored icons are used effectively to add interest and not overpower the design or the presentation.
This slide is just one example of the effective use of icons throughout this top SlideShare presentation:
8. Reverse Psychology Works
The cover of this interesting SlideShare presentation from Stinson is compelling because it uses reverse psychology. Instead of talking about 10 things you need to do to create an effective presentation, it talks about "10 Things Your Audience Hates..."
Immediately, the reader is hooked. They wonder, "Am I doing any of these things?" If they're part of the target audience for this slideshow, they'll click through to find out.
9. Talk About a Common Problem
Who hasn't faced a difficult conversation in a work environment? The answer is ... probably no one.
Sooner or later most of us will find ourselves in a difficult conversation. But that's what makes this SlideShare topic on Mastering Difficult Conversations so interesting to a broad group of people.
The commonality of the problem is probably why Piktochart addresses this interesting topic with this SlideShare.
10. Share Statistics Effectively
This SlideShare presentation from Rand Fishkin of MOZ is about Google. There are an awful lot of people interested in what Google does. That interest in Google alone is enough to attract a lot of viewers to this SlideShare.
But this SlideShare is also about statistics. Statistics can be hard to share effectively. Fortunately, the SlideShare author makes effective use of charts to illustrate the data visually. Take a look at the sample slide below:
The slideshow could have buried these statistics in text paragraphs. But instead, we've got this attractive and very scannable chart.
11. Keep It Simple
Often the best slides in a presentation convey a single thought. That's certainly the case with this effective SlideShare from Loic Le Meur.
Nearly every slide in this presentation represents a single idea—sometimes with a phrase and sometimes with a photo.
But those ideas really pack a punch. A reader can see at glance the message that the author is trying to convey.
12. Don't Be Afraid of Color
It's risky, but the use of bright colors can make your presentation stand out from the rest. That's certainly the case with this colorful SlideShare presentation from Weekdone.com.
Look at the pink and purple in this slide about motivation:
It's colorful, but it works.
As a bonus, the entire SlideShare is only 14 slides long. The brevity means the audience is more likely to view the entire presentation.
13. Embrace Minimal Design
This SlideShare presentation from Bonusly proves that less is more with its minimalist design. Each slide focuses on a single concept. It uses short sentences and paragraphs, often without an image. Yet, it works.
The next time you're tempted to overstuff a slideshow with graphics, photos, and text--remember this simple presentation and don't do it.
14. Design Consistency Counts
This SlideShare presentation by Barry Feldman starts with an elegant design that makes good use of graphic elements to add visual interest. The design shapes are echoed throughout the entire presentation in various colors.
In fact, the design element is so strong that no photos are needed. And, except for the cover slide, Barry doesn't use any.
This slide illustrates how effective a simple design can be:
How to Quickly Make Your SlideShare Presentation
Feeling inspired by all those great SlideShare presentations?
Use SlideShare to share your own presentations to a wider audience. Here's what you'll need:
- Internet connection. SlideShare operates through the Internet.
- LinkedIn account. SlideShare is owned by LinkedIn. You'll need to log in to LinkedIn before you can share.
- A great presentation. SideShare supports PowerPoint, PDF, and document formats. Learn more at SlideShare Help.
Once you're online, logged in, and have selected your presentation, you're ready to download it. To start, click the orange Upload button in the upper right corner of SlideShare:
The Upload File screen displays:
Upload your presentation, and you've done it! You've just created your first SlideShare.
Do you need more help creating a SlideShare-worthy presentation? No worries. We've got you covered with these tutorials:
You can also find more information about creating an effective presentation in our new eBook on making great presentations. Grab this PDF Download now for FREE with your subscription to the Tuts+ Business Newsletter:
Or, take a look at this SlideShare case study from Board of Innovation, which is on “How I got 2.5 Million views on Slideshare.” This SlideShare presentation has been viewed over 2.5 million times and author Nick Demey is telling how he did it.
Note: This SlideShare is also another example of an effective presentation.
There's one more step you can take to make your presentation great. Let's take a closer look at templates.
Make Great SlideShares Quickly With Presentation Templates
Presentation templates are an effective way to ensure that your SlideShare is well-designed. And, as we've discussed above, good design is one of the hallmarks of a great SlideShare presentation.
Using a template gives you a proven design from a professional designer for making your slideshow project. Plus, it can save you from the headache of having to create your own presentation design from scratch if you're not a designer. Take a look at some of this year's best PowerPoint designs from Envato Market:
You'll find even more great presentation template designs at GraphicRiver or Envato Elements.
Use SlideShare and the power of the Internet to reach a much larger audience for your presentation than you normally would. It's not difficult to learn to use SlideShare to showcase your best PowerPoint presentation and reach a wider audience if you know what to do.
The SlideShare presentation examples in this article may seem intimidating at first. But if you take a closer look at what each SlideShare author has done to make their slideshow effective, you'll see that an effective SlideShare is not beyond your reach.
Turn to this article for inspiration in creating your own PowerPoint presentation for SlideShare. And don't forget to use a template when creating your presentation to save time and for a better design.
Are you ready? Get started on your own SlideShare today.