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100+ Creative Presentation Ideas to Engage Your Audience
Written by: Orana Velarde
With most people tuning out of a PowerPoint presentation within the first 10 minutes , developing engaging slide show presentation ideas that keep your audience hooked till the end can be a challenge.
This is why we've created this post with 100+ creative presentation ideas to help you put together exciting presentations that don't put your audience to sleep. You can use these presentation ideas for business meetings, webinars, classrooms, online courses, pitch decks and more.
Here are some of the ideas we’re covering:
- Use neon colors and duotones
- Unify transitions horizontally
- Use a monochrome palette
- Tell a personal story
- Use isometric illustrations
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100+ Creative Presentation Ideas
1 use neon colors.
Neon colors will give your presentation enough color kick to keep the viewer’s attention. Use neon colors either as the background, as specific elements or as details inside the slides. The trick with neon is to not go overboard with the contrasts. Instead of using a neon rainbow, think more along the lines of neon accents.
2 Be minimal
Using a minimal design composition is a great way of being unique. The trick is to have just enough information and visual details for the viewer to feel comfortable seeing the slides. A minimal design can instill calm and awe in your audience when done right. The trick with minimalism is to know when enough is enough, you wouldn’t want to be boring instead of minimal.
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3 Use all caps
Another creative presentation idea is using all caps when you feel like the topic of your presentation can be delivered with few words. Using all capitals in your slides will give the message importance. This design might not be suited for a text-heavy presentation but maybe one with an audio narrative that goes along with it, or bullet points.
4 Go vertical
Rectangular presentations are definitely the norm, but with the rise of Instagram Stories, this might be starting to change. Now that we can put archived stories into a Highlights, why not publish vertical presentations there? Going vertical is just one idea, along with that you can add any other design technique.
5 Use duotones
Duotone doesn’t exactly mean “two colors,” it actually means “two tones.” The idea behind this design angle is to use two contrasting tonalities which can have different shades. The difference between duotone and two colors is that it has a more edgy look. Depending on what two tonalities you choose, it can be subtle or very powerful. The photos used in the design also need to be customized to the duotone color you chose.
6 Do the unexpected
How many people would typically relate typography and dating? Probably very few people. Naturally, that’s why Fontshop—Typography is so entertaining.
This presentation fully commits to the comparison, too; the words are all specifically chosen to make it sound like an individual going through puberty or looking for a significant other, rather than looking for the right font to use in a given situation. All the while it teaches what it actually wants to get across—the importance of knowing which font to use, and when, for what kind of emotions you want to evoke.
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7 Unify transitions horizontally
Unifying the transitions between slides is always a great idea, but doing it horizontally is especially effective. By keeping all the movements going in one direction, it's both easy to follow and will look great. You don’t need to just apply horizontal transitions to the switch between slides, you can also apply animation to the titles and images. As long as they all go in the same direction, you are gold.
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8 Black and white + spot of bright color
Adding a bright color to a black and white scheme can add just the right amount of attention-grabbing detail to your presentation. Try choosing a powerful color so that it’s really noticeable and pops visually. You can use the color in small amounts or in large sections. Up to you, just remember to maintain a balance throughout.
9 Use a wood theme
A wooden background can give your presentation a homey cabin feel or a wooden cutting board appeal. It can work for presentations about food or about woodworking. If the wooden background is subtle, it can fit any topic by giving a comfy visual. You could even choose different styles of wood; classic brown, washed out white, or repurposed wood with paint remains.
10 Add full-screen videos
The use of full-screen video in your slides can have a big impact on your storytelling. There’s a catch though. The wrong video will be detrimental to your message, be mindful of the videos you chose to grace the background of your slides. The video should either tell your story without words or be a complement that won’t interfere. The wrong video will confuse your viewers and it will be hard to get their undivided attention back.
If you’re looking for quick idea inspiration, check out our YouTube video where Mike shares 30 of our favorite presentation ideas at a glance.
11 Use an 80’s visual style
If looking for a unique design style, why not try an 80’s style for a change. Neon graffiti writing, disco balls, and brightly colored shapes might go well with your presentation’s topic. You can use 80’s visuals as small complementary elements or as the entirety of the presentation style. Nevertheless, if your presentation is about something quite serious then maybe you should try another style.
12 Go vintage
Another creative presentation idea is the vintage look. This could work really well with a history-themed presentation or anything to do with recuperating old traditions. When we say “vintage” we mean sepia-toned photos, intricate picture frames, bold fonts which look like they came out of old posters. A vintage color palette is usually pastel turquoise green, ochre yellow and washed out blue and orange. You could consider using vintage mockup sets to create scenes for your slides, or use vintage style fonts, and old photographs as backgrounds.
13 Use a monochrome palette
A monochrome palette is one that maintains a single tonality in different strengths. For example, you can create a presentation in shades of blue, or in shades of orange. Use the palest shade for the background and a stronger shade for the titles and decorative shapes. Try doing it the opposite way as well. You can even use photos with a bit of a filter effect in the chosen color by adding a color filter.
14 Tell a personal story
Telling stories from your own life—whether those stories are deeply moving, humorous tales, or just little snippets that allow someone to look into your history—can be a great way to make a presentation more meaningful.
Colin Stokes uses this to his advantage in his TED talk. He begins by talking about the movies he watches with his daughter and what she likes, and then moving into watching a movie with his son, and wondering how it has affected him, allowing him to move seamlessly into his actual points.
Choose a relevant story from your past, and tell it with all the honesty that you can. Your audience will feel that, sympathize, and therefore connect more with your message.
15 Creative photo crops
The photos in your presentations can be cropped hundreds of different ways. From simple circles or rectangles to more elaborate triangles, polygons, letter shapes or even a brushstroke. Analyze the message of your presentation to know which shape to use for the cropping of your photos. You can also create a collage with the shapes as long as they don’t distract from the information being presented.
16 Be kid-friendly with cute illustrations
Let’s say you are presenting your brand of kid-friendly skin products to a family vacation hotel. Why not use cute illustrations to add a fun visual element to the slide backgrounds. You can choose cute monsters, fruits with smiley faces, illustrated human child characters or even aliens. The cute characters could even be accompanied by a speech bubble presenting your products.
17 Thick and bold fonts
Huge chunky fonts are a great way to call attention to titles on slides. You could even try making the letters bleed over the edges or place the words vertical along the side. The best thick and bold fonts are the ones with minimal decorations. Try using fonts that have strong corners or the opposite, extreme rounded terminals. It will also work best if the title is short and sweet.
18 Go with nature
Freshen up your presentation with some natural elements around the edges or as a background. You could use full-screen background photos of leaves, or use palm fronds coming in from the sides of the slides. Another presentation idea would be to use nature related photography along with other design ideas like interesting photo crops. This technique could be used for presentations which relate to nature or natural topics, but also for a home decor proposal or creative direction pitch for a TV ad. This technique could be used for presentations about environmental topics or even about home decoration.
19 Use circles
Circles represent wholeness and a natural sense of completion. They can signify eternity and constant movement. They can also make your presentation more friendly and emotionally accessible. You can try using circles as decorative elements or as the shape for cropping images and as backgrounds for illustrations.
20 Add some sparkle (glitter backgrounds)
Give your presentations a little bit of a festive feel with some glittery details. This PowerPoint idea can work great if you are presenting a creative proposal for a fashion label or clothing catalog. It can even work really well for holiday-themed pitches or products. There are different types of glittery graphics you can use, like a glitter texture, a glittering rain or even just a dash of glitter. You can find some great glitter backgrounds and textures over at Freepik .
21 Get crafty (ripped paper details)
Sometimes to tell a story, visual details can really help get a mood across. Ripped paper shapes and edges can give a presentation a special feel, almost as if it was done by hand. This visual technique works for any type of presentation except maybe in a corporate setting. Ripped paper can be found on creative graphics resource sites or you can do it yourself and take a photo.
22 Cut-out paper illustrations
Another crafty idea to design your slides is by using cut paper illustrations. This technique could look really crafty or quite elegant if done well. Cut paper can be used as an elaborate background, as the letters in titles or as decorative elements. There are some great cut paper bundles online to use as PNG files which can be uploaded to the Visme editor.
23 Pathway transitions
Create interesting transitions by designing scenes or pathways instead of just sliding them in one unified direction. By doing this, you can use a storytelling technique that will keep the audience’s attention throughout the presentation and information relay. You can find out how to do it in our free guide to creating captivating presentations .
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24 use isometric illustrations.
If you are looking for a different way to illustrate your slides, why not consider using isometric illustrations? This style of illustration is great for explaining things that can be separated into parts. The parts can be animated as well. An isometric illustration can work for any kind of presentation, from technology to corporate. It will give your presentation a modern edge and a professional look.
25 Use motion graphics
Motion graphics are a great way to illustrate an idea with animated objects . They don’t tell stories on their own, they support the context and illustrate the content.
For example, if your presentation is about travel, you could have flying airplanes across the slides or bags on a luggage conveyor belt. For something more abstract, you can use moving shapes and add effects to the titles. Your Visme editor has a variety of design tools to help you create all sorts of content with motion graphics.
26 Add GIFs to your slides
GIFs can be fun, entertaining and humorous. They can also be informational. GIFs be sourced from sites like Giphy , where you can also create your own! Choosing to include a GIF in your presentation slide or a few different GIFs will depend on what message you want to send with your story. The theme and topic of your presentation will help you decide if you need a clip from a blockbuster movie or a quick representation of the process of your systems.
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27 Use quotes between slides
Quotes can be good breathers between a bunch of informative slides. You can either use them to separate ideas inside your presentation or to start new sections of information. It’s important that your quotes represent the topic of your presentation so that they make sense and not confuse the viewer.
28 Start with “once upon a time”
If a presentation can be created as a story, then why not go all the way and start the presentation with a classic story opening? Using the “once upon a time” phrase will instantly grab the viewer’s attention because it will be out of the ordinary. Make a slide especially for it with a visual that matches the topic of your presentation.
29 Turn the slides into a scrolling infographic instead of a presentation
Your slides can be lined up vertically to create a scrolling infographic instead of a classic slide-by-slide transition presentation. An added bonus to this presentation style is to add parallax scrolling or interaction animation. As the viewer scrolls down, the information fills each slide progressively. It doesn’t continue until the viewer scrolls again. This technique is best for displaying online slide show presentation ideas.
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30 engage your audience.
What’s one of the best ways to make your presentations more interesting? Make the audience a part of them.
Regardless if you’re presenting in person to a room full of people or via Zoom to viewers around the world, there are a number of techniques to engage your audience with both your content and yourself. The trick is to make them feel connected somehow, like they can relate. You can achieve this with humor, storytelling, asking questions and inviting them to leave comments in the webinar chat window.
Take this speech by Donovan Livingston. He delivers a commencement speech in spoken word poetry, and specifically encourages the audience to take part, saying they should clap, throw their hands in the air, or otherwise participate if they feel so moved. While not seen, several people are heard cheering and clapping throughout the video.
Participation can also be accomplished through things such as games, posing questions or something as simple as asking participants to raise their hands.
31 Use a scrunched paper background
Give your presentation a laid-back and grunge feel by designing it with a scrunched paper background. It can be any kind of paper really, depending on your topic. It could be notebook paper, or printer paper, it could even be recycled paper. Try a few different types of paper until you find the one that suits your story.
32 Make a provocative statement
“People don’t care about your brand.” Reading that, you’d probably be compelled to see how the speaker justifies their points, right?
Well, the presentation of the same name does just that—it begins with that unexpected statement, explains why, and then shows you how to overcome that hurdle. Leading with something thought-provoking and surprising entices people, and more than likely they’ll follow along just to see what you have to say.
33 Use a back-to-school theme
A back-to-school theme can make your presentation look like a lot of fun. This is a great technique for teachers and educators welcoming their students back to a new school year. The background can be a sheet of notebook paper, an open notebook, or a blackboard. The edges could be decorated with pencils and paperclips, maybe an eraser or sharpener. The back-to-school theme has lots of possibilities.
34 Use a billboard-inspired theme
Use billboard mockups to create slides which look like billboards. This could look interesting and quite unique. You could use the same billboard for all the slides, or different ones for a more varied approach. This technique would work great with a pitch for an election or a local spot in a government office.
35 Use black-and-white photography
Black and white photography is a classic design technique. They import elegance and sophistication to any design by providing a minimalistic approach to the visuals. The photos can either be desaturated from color photos or given an artistic flair with extra contrast and fewer grey tones.
36 Explain your reasons
What people really want to know is why you’re giving the presentation you’re giving. This is especially true if you’re pitching to investors or potential new clients. When you share your why with the audience using storytelling and body language, you make meaningful connections and lasting relationships
Simon Sinek explains quite well why this is so important—the greatest leaders, the ones who inspire the most people, understand why they do the things they do, rather than just what or how.
37 Add an audio narrative
Your presentation doesn’t need to be silent, especially if you won’t be standing by it to tell the story yourself. Adding an audio narrative can turn a viewable presentation into an experience. You can either set it up as a video that runs on its own and the viewer looks and listens, or it can be triggered by arrows that are clicked on.
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38 Follow a space theme with photography
Most of the photos from Nasa are labeled as public domain. Meaning that you can give your presentation a space theme quite easily. Choose images of astronauts in space or more abstract and colorful images like distant galaxies and nebulas. The latter can make great backgrounds behind content without the topic necessarily being about space.
39 Do a space theme with illustration
An illustrated space theme can be either colorful and whimsical or sober and elegant. By choosing the style of illustration you use, you can either use this technique for presentations related to children or scientists. Cartoon astronauts can be lots of fun, line illustration planets can be educational and data-driven drawings can be informational.
40 Include music
Sometimes, when listening to someone talk for long periods of time, it helps to have something else to draw your attention. While images are great, including music can really help stimulate an audience and set the mood.
Dean Burnett talks about why this happens: “[Music] provides non-invasive noise and pleasurable feelings, to effectively neutralize the unconscious attention system’s ability to distract us.” Essentially, music is entertaining enough that, when in the background, can keep us focused on otherwise un-entertaining things.
Take, for example, this valedictorian’s speech. While peppered with humor and stories of his time through high school, he uses background music to help keep people’s attention—in fact, this is specifically stated to be his reason for including music, humorously quipping about giving the audience something to listen to while they “zone out” of his speech.
Whether incorporated into individual slides, in a video, done live, or with a music-playing device nearby, this creative presentation idea can be a great way to enhance the quality of your speech or talk.
41 Graffiti photography backgrounds and details
Using colorful backgrounds like photos of urban graffiti can give your presentation a bit of an edge. There are lots of free photographs of graffiti on sites like Unsplash which you can use straight away. Apart from graffiti murals, you can also incorporate graffiti letterings in your titles and quotes. You can find graffiti style fonts online quite easily.
The stop-motion technique can take time but it can also make your presentation unforgettable. There are lots of ways to use stop-motion, either with characters doing actions or objects that move around and create a scene. Stop-motion can also be used to create titles that move into place. What the title is written with can be anything, from toys to plants. The theme and topic of your presentation will ultimately be the driving point to what kind of stop-motion can be used. But be sure that it works from educational to promotional to corporate.
Very similar to stop-motion, claymation is the animation of things created with clay or play-doh. Anything can be created with clay, so the possibilities really are endless about what can be achieved. This technique really does take a lot of time, you can source it out to a professional or buy some already created footage. The claymation can be just a decorative element in the background or it could also be the center of the presentation.
44 Color blocking
The color blocking technique is another creative presentation idea that entails using color in large sections and in contrasting tones. The idea is that the color blocks will be strong and colorful. The color blocks can either be the shapes that determine where the information goes or just a way to separate the slides in specific sections. Any type of presentation can benefit from color blocking. Just make sure you use colors that go together and don’t clash.
45 Get surreal
Surrealism is an avant-garde movement from the 20th century which was meant to tap into subconscious creativity. This might not be the kind of design technique for any sort of presentation but it can work for one that is about art, or literature or other creative outlets. There are plenty of surrealist artworks in the public domain sector or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These can be used as subtle backgrounds or visual complements to the text.
Polaroids are a photography favorite. The original Polaroids from the 70’s could be used as vintage polaroids that have been kept in a box for years. The newest Instamatic photographs, which are the new kind of polaroids, can be used for a fun way to show photos and visuals in presentation slides. You could either use one polaroid per slide or a collection of polaroids on a table or corkboard.
There are many topics that can work with Polaroid photography backgrounds and details in your slide show presentation ideas.
47 Use a Handwriting Font
Fonts come in all shapes and sizes, including lots of handwriting fonts. Handwritten fonts can be used for any type of presentation as long as the style matches the topic of the information. There are kid-style handwriting, calligraphy style handwriting, hand lettering, and novelty fonts as well. The options are wide and varied for this design technique. Creative Bloq has a great collection of handwritten fonts.
48 Use a geometric background
A geometric background can look really nice on any presentation. Geometric backgrounds can be tiled polygons or more abstract compositions of different size polygons. The decision to choose between tiled shapes and more creative compositions will depend on your creative angle and disposition. You can use these types of designs with any colors, so you can match the theme or your brand.
49 Coffee style design
Using a coffee-style design can work for any PowerPoint presentation idea, from office-related topics to digital nomads to anything or anyone who loves coffee. If the background is subtle, it can fit a more serious topic or data report. It can make a boring presentation just a bit more visually entertaining than the rest. Of course, it can also be perfect for a small coffee brewer pitching their company to investors.
50 Include memes
You’ve seen them everywhere by this point. You might be pretty sick of them. However, that doesn’t mean memes can’t be useful—in fact, using a couple strategically can surprise the audience and make them laugh.
The presentation " Memes, Memes Everywhere" focuses on, unsurprisingly, memes, and explains their purpose while using examples on every slide, which help support their points and add some humor to a very text-heavy presentation.
Choosing relevant memes and using them sparingly can really help add some personality to your presentation, without distracting from the work.
51 Polka dots
Using a polka-dot background can give your presentation a whimsical look or simply give it a subtle texture. The polka dots could be small and soft or big and punchy. A strong polka-dot background can work great in a creative setting or even a boring data analysis. The style of polka dots will depend on the general topic of your presentation. You can use the polka-dot design as a full background or as a decorative section on the slide.
Visual metaphors can be useful in a similar manner; they can spice up your presentation, illustrate your point, and make your work far more entertaining. James Geary speaks about just how important metaphors are.
His presentation provides several examples of metaphors--such as the phrase “some jobs are jails”--and explains just how hard it is to ignore the lasting power of a well-used metaphor. Because of the connotations a metaphor can bring to the table, their use is an excellent way to imbue added meaning to your words.
53 Use timelines in your slides
Timelines can be used in lots of different ways inside a PowerPoint presentation, and the ideas are limitless. A timeline can either be inside one slide, or it can be connected between various slides. You can make a timeline with icons, connected shapes, or an inclined line. The timeline can be a visual way of explaining a chronological event or a plan of action that needs to be taken care of. Make sure the timeline fits the rest of the theme.
54 Use a comic book style
Comic books are a source of inspiration for many people. The visual aspect of a comic style composition can really make your presentation shine. There are a few ways you can use this technique. You could set up the slides as if they were snippets of a comic book, place the text in speech and thought bubbles and apply a background with a pointillist texture. If using characters, make sure the characters fit the theme of your presentation. For a perfect fit, hire a designer to create a comic book presentation just for your company.
55 Use a manga style
Much like comic books, the Japanese art of Manga can give a presentation a very unique look. It isn’t as versatile as a comic book because it has a more specific look, so it might not work for all topics. It can work for more creative outlets like fashion, art, and photography. Manga has a specific style for the atmosphere around the unique characters as well. They are more common in black and white and look very photographic.
56 Use psychedelic visuals
Psychedelia was a big part of the design world in the 60’s and 70’s. Music and creative event posters were so intricate and colorful that they took an important place in the design history books. This design style can be used for a unique visual approach in your presentations. Just like many other techniques we have mentioned, they can be used as a background in slides or as decorative elements. The swirly shapes and contrasting colors can call attention to the viewer in a positive way.
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57 Use neon lights
Neon lights are a great way to give your presentation some life when it’s otherwise visually bland. There are plenty of neon light fonts available online to choose from, from classic style neon tubing on a wall to a neon style given to a font to make it look like neon. Presentations of any topic can be given an additional visual with a bit of neon brightness.
58 Cinemagraph backgrounds
A cinemagraph is like a GIF loaded with elegance. The idea behind a cinemagraph is a photo with a moving section which makes it look cinematic. This kind of background can keep your viewers happily hypnotized while listening to your audio narrative or keep them on the slide longer to truly grasp the information being given. There are cinemagraphs available for all sorts of themes and topics. You can definitely find one that suits your needs.
59 Full-screen video backgrounds
A full-screen background can be really appealing. But just like other design ideas, the video you choose needs to match the theme and topic of your presentation. Your best bet is to have a video which is directly related to what your presentation is about. Videos can be created especially for your purpose, sourced with permission from YouTube or bought from a stock video site.
60 Visualize data
Staring at a large amount of numbers on screen can be overwhelming for most people, even if the realities of those numbers enforce your point. What’s the best way to avoid scaring your crowd? Put the data into easily understandable visualizations.
If you want to take this a step further, you can use illustrations or create infographics to make these data visualizations even more engaging.
61 Use a wild west theme
The wild west is not a very versatile theme but can work for a history project or a proposal for a wild west themed party or event. What entails a wild west theme? Brown sandy tones, horses, cowboys, and tumbleweeds. If the full-on wild west theme is too much, you can also take a cue from the era and be inspired by the color scheme. Another approach would be to use photography from the actual west of the United States, mountains and deserts and so on.
62 Use mind maps
Mind maps are great visual tools for explaining concepts easily. By including mind maps in your slides, you can relay complicated information visually and creatively. There are eight types of mind maps, the most common being bubble maps, the tree map, and flow map. Each one has a different purpose and you can learn all about this in our guide about mind maps in the Visual Learning Center.
63 Use interactive geographic maps
Maps are always a good idea inside a presentation. But interactive maps are so much better. The difference between a static map and an interactive map will define how much attention your slides get. Regions can switch colors according to a change in data over time, making the map more into a chart. With Visme, you can make your maps interactive with live data. All you need to do is sync your data from a Google Sheets file and when your presentation is published online, your map will always be synchronized to that data.
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64 Color contrasts
Using contrasting colors in your slides will make the information pop out of the screen in a positive way. The trick to using contrasting colors is to know how colors match together. Contrasting doesn’t mean they need to clash. Try using a color palette generator like Adobe Color to find great palettes that will make this technique your new best friend. You can learn more about how color works in our guide about color perception in the Visme Learning Center.
65 Live data graphs
Adding live data to a presentation can turn your slides into evergreen content in a flash. You can use any type of chart and populate it with live data such as bar graphs, line graphs, pie graphs, and more. You can add live data graphs to one or two slides in your presentation or have a series of them. Creating a live data graph is easy with the Visme editor.
66 Color fade transitions
Transitions come in lots of different styles. We have mentioned horizontal transitions, animated transitions, and pathway transitions. This particular technique involves color as the ruling factor.
A color-fade transition makes each slide connected to each other through color. This can be achieved with gradients, color blocks, or colored photo filters. Make your PowerPoint presentation ideas stand out with color fade transitions.
67 “Grow” your presentation so it looks like one animated slide
This creative PowerPoint idea is quite interesting as it really only uses one slide that grows upon itself. The practical way to do this is to create the final slide with all the parts and information set up like a finished puzzle. Once you have the completed slide, duplicate it as many times as you need and systematically take off a bit of information until you’ve reached the first title slide. Once you have all the slides, make sure they are in order before downloading the entire thing.
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68 Use humor
Want a great way to connect with your audience and make a memorable, more engaging presentation? Be funny. When used strategically, this is a great way to capture attention.
Morgan Spurlock makes wonderful use of this in his TED talk. For example, in one of his earliest statements, he offered individuals the opportunity to buy the rights to name his TED talk—which he refers to again at the end, where he reveals the title. He peppers the entire presentation with humorous commentary that nonetheless supports his point.
Create relevant jokes or find a way to bring out the humor in your subject, and your audience will be much more engaged and more likely to remember your words.
69 Tree diagram transitions
A tree diagram is one of the eight thinking maps which help visualize idea and concepts. The purpose of a tree diagram is to classify and organize information. This map can help build a presentation by making sure each slide is a continuation of the one before. They might need to be grouped into sections so that all the information is relayed easily.
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70 Journal style (with hand-drawn illustrations on the margins)
One creative presentation idea is to make your talk just a little bit different than the rest is to use a journal style. The general visual idea for this technique is to make your slides look like the pages of a journal. The style of the journal will depend on what your presentation topic is. It can be a whimsical bullet journal or an intricate botany journal. You could even consider handwriting on paper as a background.
71 Ink splatters
Use ink splatters to decorate your slides any way you like. They can be big and impressive behind the content, or they can be small and subtle like drops from a pen. An ink splatter can give your presentation a bit of an artistic flair and if done right, can make your slides look elegant and clean. Any style of presentation can benefit from some ink splatters as a decorative element.
72 Passport with stamps
Using travel stamps as a decorative element can work for a presentation with a travel-theme or a creative design proposal for a department store or airport mall. The stamps can be used as a background on a passport page or on their own around the content. A photo of a real passport page can be used for this technique but there are plenty of graphics available in this style on sites like Freepik .
73 Express your emotions
We can sometimes be afraid of expressing how we feel, even to those we’re close to, much less in front of a crowd. However, showing them makes your words more authentic and can generate compassion or excitement in your audience.
Take this TED talk by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger , for example. While the two talk about their experiences, their voices break and crack. The emotional turmoil they went through is clearly heard, and viewers can clearly understand their pain.
This can take some getting used to, and some courage. However, the results are well worth the effort.
74 Use a video game theme
Video games come in all shapes and sizes. From kids' games to arcade games to car games. Each one has their own style, just like presentations do. If you think a video game visual style is good for your project, consider all the different kinds until you find the one that fits best. You can use game screenshots as backgrounds or infuse the entire design of the presentation with the video game style you chose.
75 Use postcards
One of the least-used creative presentation ideas is to turn your content inside slides into postcards which have been sent from around the world. They can be new postcards which could be used from either front or back sides. The back part would make a great text block for the content you need to display, the photo side can be on the sides or as a background. This design technique can work for presentations about literature, family connections, history or travel. There are postcard templates available on sites like Creative Market .
76 Incorporate robots in the design
Using robots in your slides can be a creative approach to visually elevate your presentation. There are different styles of robots you can add to your presentation design; realistic photography of anamorphic robots, cute illustrated robots, or robotic parts from factories. These visuals might only apply for technology-themed presentations or about robots themselves. Cute illustrations of robots can be great backgrounds for whimsical topics or other styles of storytelling presentations.
77 Chalk on blackboard
Writing on a chalkboard is not limited to a school setting or a bar menu. These two might be the most common yet they are not the only possibilities for using chalk on a blackboard. A good handwriting font is the best companion to a chalkboard design. Some of these fonts are already available with a chalky texture and others might need some professional tweaking to get the right texture.
78 Get inspired by a specific location
Even if the PowerPoint presentation ideas you are designing are not about a specific place in the world, you can be inspired by one to set up the color scheme and feel of the slides. For example, if you get inspired by Greece, you can use white and light blue hues or even photos of Greek islands. If you get inspired by Brazil, you can use photos of the beach, the texture of the boardwalk tiles or green, blue, and yellow color schemes.
79 Use props
Using props can quickly turn a run-of-the-mill presentation into a unique, interactive experience. Kenny Nguyen demonstrates this well. In his talk he often refers to the “sword of yes” and “shield of no.” Naturally he picks up a sword and shield from the table to help demonstrate his points.
Choosing similar props can help you really illustrate your points—and make it that much more entertaining, too.
80 Use hashtags as titles
In the age of social media, hashtags are used every day. They appear regularly on social media, in spoken and written conversations, and of course in content marketing. Why not include some hashtags as titles? This technique will work great in a presentation for a social media content management pitch, or an in an influencer marketing strategy. On another note, hashtag titles can even be used for any type of presentation geared at the digital generation.
81 Black background, white letters, and color accents
When you use a black background, the colors that you place on top will usually look brighter than if they were on a white background. When creating this kind of color palette, make sure the colors you use don’t clash with each other or with the black. Along with the bright colors, make sure you use white to make the composition pop! Neon colors or pastel tones are what will work best.
82 Vintage film edges
Even though we are used to taking photos with our phones, the classic nostalgia of film is still prevalent in the world of visuals and design. The graphic representation of a film negative is as recognizable as an envelope representing an email. Use a vintage film edge along the horizontal edges of your slides to give your visuals a cinematic feel. Even better if you make the edges animated so that it looks like it’s rolling along on a projector.
83 Adult coloring book inspired design
Using a coloring book design can be really creative. Practically anything can be turned into a coloring book style illustration. A great way to use this technique is to have the first slide with the un-colored illustration and then progressively color in the illustration as the slides progress. Furthermore, if the illustration is depictive of the information, the visuals can be even more engaging.
A stripes design is as classic as it gets. From pinstripes to artistic colorful lines, you can use them as a subtle background or a powerful striped theme intertwined with text boxes. Stripes are the kind of design technique that can work for any type of presentation, from corporate to educational.
85 Make each slide look like a social media post
Just like postcards and polaroids, you could try a creative approach and use social media templates to put the content in. The most notorious social media visual channel is Instagram. It has been known to inspire offline events as well. Make your slides look like social media posts or social media pages. For this technique, you can either use screenshots or templates.
86 Ink in water
Dropping ink in water creates beautiful colorful bubbly designs which can be photographed at high speed. These images can be used as backgrounds for any type of creative theme presentations. Choose the color and thickness of the ink design to match the theme of your presentation. There are also animated versions of this effect which can be bought like video stock.
87 Lego bricks
Use lego bricks as inspiration to fill your presentation slides with color and fun. Use the bricks to create slide frames, letters or even charts. The best approach to a lego inspired presentation is to be creative. There are lots of things you can do with lego, you could go as far as using the legos to write the titles of the slides. Don’t use the Lego logo though unless you are specifically designing a presentation about lego.
88 Use classic storytelling techniques
A presentation is, in a way, like a story—you’re talking about your chosen subject and leading viewers on a journey to discover what that subject means. Moreover, stories hold an intrinsic interest for us. Therefore, you can easily use several storytelling techniques to help improve your presentation.
Alex Blinkoff goes into this in great detail, examining things such as “The Hero’s Journey” and provides several examples of ways to use storytelling techniques in your presentations. Check them out, and decide what might work best for your subject.
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89 Jigsaw puzzles
Pieces of a jigsaw puzzle can be used to make charts, infographic diagrams, or interlocking frames. The idea behind puzzle pieces is that things come together to form a whole and this concept can be used for any slide and any kind of presentation. Make sure to use a suitable color palette that matches your theme and the rest of the presentation.
90 Headlines coming in animated on boats/trains/airplane
Headlines or titles can be given a life of their own inside the slides. One interesting and creative approach would be to make the titles enter the slide on top of some kind of vehicle. The vehicle could be anything, from a train to a boat, to an airplane. Depending on the type of vehicle, this animated technique can be used for child-themed topics, transportation themes, travel ideas, or even about a corporate sales report.
91 Use a camouflage design
Camo doesn’t necessarily need to convey a sense of military, although it does carry a strong connection. Thankfully, camouflage comes in different styles, from jungle greens to desert browns. Other out of the box camouflage styles are the ones where the colors are completely off the charts, like pinks and blues. Camouflage designs are better used as backgrounds or small subtle sections.
92 Use unique novelty fonts for headers
There are so many novelty fonts to choose from out there these days! Using a unique novelty font for the titles and headers is a great way to add some visual pizzazz to your slides. Try looking for some really special fonts that carry personality. Once you have selected the font, add some color and texture to make it look even better.
93 Use a city skyline
Using a background of a city skyline can work great for a presentation related to business or corporate topics. It can also be perfect for an urban travel related theme or educational presentation. You can choose to use photography as a background or with the buildings cut out from the sky. Another choice is to find an illustrated city skyline and use it as a border on the slides.
94 Use a connected dots background
One of the design trends of the last few years is the connected dots visual. It’s used on websites and on printed flyers. It’s so versatile that it can be added to any kind of presentation in a heartbeat. The lines can be short or long between the dots and the composition can be tight or spread out. You can find connected dot visuals easily on sites like Freepik, in lots of different colors. If you can manage vector graphics , you can also change the composition of the dots quite easily yourself.
95 Use a bokeh background
Bokeh is a photography and light technique which turns dots of light into bright shiny spheres. With a bit of creativity, the lights can be turned into shapes, like hearts or stars. This design style is great for backgrounds since it’s mostly abstract. It works best as a complement to the content instead of an important visual aspect. You can find bokeh backgrounds in stock photo sites or make it yourself.
96 Use watercolor designs
The use of watercolor designs is an easy way of infusing some lively color into a presentation. Watercolors can be a splash on the background, shapes around the content, or colorful strokes intertwined with text boxes. Depending on the color of the paint used, the watercolor technique can be used for any type of presentation. A soft watercolor brushed background can work for a feminine theme and a deep intense splash can add visual creativity to an otherwise boring corporate presentation.
Just like watercolor graphics, paint can add a dose of creativity to any presentation. Different to watercolors though, paint is more intense. Paint based graphics come in all shapes and sizes, from thick brush strokes to paint drips. Digital paint compositions can also make great backgrounds for colorful and creative presentations.
98 Use bright fun colors
Why create a bland presentation when you can make it fun and colorful instead? Creative color palettes can include up to six different colors which look great together. Use shapes, cut-outs, color blocks, swashes, anything your heart desires. This technique is for letting go and being creatively free with color. Just make sure the colors go together by trying out some palettes first.
99 Use arrow graphics
Arrows symbolize direction. They can be a great addition to your charts, infographic visuals and slide sections. You could even do the entire presentation using arrows. According to their size, color, and thickness, they have different temperaments. Look for different styles of arrows and see if they fit your topic and theme. Freepik has some great arrow visuals and the Visme editor also has arrow icons and infographic visuals.
100 Use electronic visuals
Another great idea for a background visual is the inside of a computer system. The intricate details of a motherboard or a close up of a memory chip can make a great visual impact. Apart from using an electronic background image, little pieces of electronic devices can be placed around the slide as decoration. This technique is generally limited to electronic or computer theme topics.
Visual metaphors can be useful in a similar manner. They can spice up your presentation, illustrate your point, and make your work far more entertaining. James Geary speaks about just how important metaphors are.
102 Keep it feminine
A feminine style design can work for your presentation if your company makes products for women or if your targeted audience is women. By feminine design, we mean light and soft colors, subtle shapes and a general airy feeling to the composition. Feminine design can be minimal but it can also be decadent and full of style. Whichever you chose, make sure it fits with your audience.
103 Go futuristic
A futuristic style can fit any theme as long as the concept of the future depicted, fits the topic of the presentation. Futuristic design can be of many different styles; from spaceship driving controls to cosmos related atmospheres, to flying cars, and artificial intelligence. Even color palettes can look futuristic if you add some metallic tones.
104 Add a music background
A music soundtrack can be added to any presentation that doesn’t have any other sort of audio already. The best music for a presentation is one without lyrics, in other words, an instrumental track. A good track will accompany the content in a positive way and not interfere with the message. You can find audio tracks easily online.
105 Communicate with images
A picture can speak a thousand words. Naturally, they can be used to communicate concepts that, for the sake of space or time, you might not be able to include in the presentation itself. This slide deck uses this strategy to its advantage.
The presentation includes many images as backgrounds and minimal text. The images used always either enhance what’s being said or, in some cases, provide the answer for viewers. For example, the second slide states “The Landscape Today,” and includes a bleak background with a broken, tilted picture frame, emphasizing the idea that the following slides (which describe the landscape) offer some pretty disheartening information.
Using images in a related fashion can help express your views and emphasize your message.
106 Include artsy data visualization
Data visualization is a way of showing data and information in a way that is visually expressive. Creative data analysts can make some really beautiful creations and you can hire them to make them for you. If you haven’t seen any creative data visualizations, take a look at our collection of the best of 2018 and get inspired. You can either make the whole presentation into a data viz or add them to some of the slides.
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RELATED: The 25 Best Data Visualizations of 2018
107 Stay branded
This creative tip is a simple one. When creating your presentation, do your best to stay on brand. This, of course, will work only if you are creating a presentation for your own brand. If creating one for a client, then you should stay on brand with their own brand style guide. This means only use the brand colors and fonts, use photos, textures, and shapes that match the brand.
108 Ask questions
A great tip to make your PowerPoint presentations ideas more interactive is to ask questions from your audience. Like the example below, you can display only your question on the slide. Once the audience has pitched in their opinions and answers, you can click to reveal the actual answer. You can enable this type of interactivity on click when making a presentation in Visme .
109 Replace boring bullet points with visuals
While adding bullet points in your slides might be better than adding walls of text, they're still not the most effective way to get your message across and engage your audience. Take things up a notch and replace boring bullets with visuals, such as photos and even icons. Here's an example of how you can use icons to add a creative twist to the plain ol' bullet points.
110 Share your slide deck
Downloading your slide deck and presenting in front of an audience is not the only way to use your presentation. Make the most of your slides by sharing your presentation online.
Add interactive elements, such as clickable buttons, links, hover effects, popups, embedded videos and more so your audience can view and engage with your slides on their own.
If you've created your presentation in Visme, you can share your presentation publicly or privately using a link, or embed it anywhere you like.
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120+ Best Presentation Ideas, Design Tips & Examples
By Ryan McCready , Sep 05, 2019
Did you know that 46% of people can’t sit through a presentation without losing focus?
That’s why I wanted to learn how to make a presentation that will captivate an audience. So I turned to SlideShare and looked at the most viewed presentations . After looking at hundreds of different authors, topics, and designs, I’ve assembled over 100 tips on how to design a compelling presentation for:
- Social media
- Online courses
- Pitch decks
- Lead generation
Here are 120+ presentation ideas, design tips, and examples to help you create an awesome slide deck for your next presentation. Venngage’s drag and drop canvas will help you make a presentation in no time.
1. Use A Minimalist Presentation Theme
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The best designs can also be some of the simplest you see. In the Airbnb pitch deck below, they use a minimalist color scheme and font selection.
A minimalist design is sleek, organized and places the most important thing in focus: your information. There are no distracting stock images, icons, or content. Everything on this unique presentation feels like it belongs and works together perfectly.
Learn how to customize this template:
2. Use a Consistent Design Motif Throughout Your Presentation
Here’s a go-to tip to for a cohesive presentation design: use a design motif. The motif could be a recurring shape (like circles, lines or arrows) or symbol (like a leaf for “growth” or a mountain for “goals”). For more ideas, check out our guide to common symbols and meanings used in design .
For example, this presentation template uses circles as a design motif. The same circle icon is used in three different colors to add a bubbly touch to the design. The team photos are also incorporated using circle frames:
3. Use an Eye-Catching Presentation Background Image
Like with any type of design work, you should want to catch the eye of your audience. In a presentation, this should be done from the beginning with a compelling background image or a color gradient.
In this presentation template, the creators were able to do just that with a landscape photo. When a presentation like this is seen on social media, during a webinar or in person, your audience will definitely listen up.
4. Visualize Your Points With Icons
Icons are the perfect visuals to include in presentations. They’re compact and can convey a concept to your audience at a glance. You can even combine multiple icons to create custom illustrations for your slides.
Use the Icon Search in Venngage to find illustrated and flat icons:
5. Use A Black & White Color Scheme For A Corporate Presentation Design
In the presentation below there are only two colors used: black and white. Now, you might be worried that only using two colors is boring, but it all comes down to balance.
Playing off the ideas of classic minimalism, the designer made this presentation look sleek and professional. And now your content can be the main attraction of your presentation as well!
6. Repurpose Your Slide Deck Into An Infographic
Sometimes it helps to work smarter, not harder when you are creating a unique presentation. In fact, the spacing, layout, and style used in this presentation makes it easy to repurpose the same images into an infographic.
This allows you to create two unique pieces of content from one idea! Which is exactly what Officevibe did .
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7. Break Your Genre Mold For A Fun Presentation Idea
When I first clicked on this creative presentation from SEMrush, I was not expecting to be transported into a comic book. I’m glad I clicked because it may be the most unique slide deck I have ever seen. Going this extreme with your presentation ideas may seem a bit risky, but to be able to break the mold in this age of cookie-cutter presentations is worth it.
8. Make Your Presentation Cover Slide Count
As I was scrolling through all of the presentations, this one made me stop in my tracks. It could be that I have a life-long love of Star Wars, or it could be that their presentation cover slide was designed to do just that: grab your attention. That’s why you should not stick with a boring, text-only title slide. Don’t be afraid to use icons and illustrations to make a statement.
9. Alternate Slide Layouts to Keep Your Presentation Engaging
Keeping your audience engaged throughout an entire presentation is hard, even if you have been working on your presentation skills . No one wants to look at slides that look exactly the same for an hour. But on the other hand, you can’t create a unique masterpiece for each slide.
The swapping of orientations will show people that the presentation is progressing nicely. It can help you make a strong, almost physical, distinction between ideas, sections or topics.
10. Make Your Audience Laugh, Or At Least Chuckle
Sometimes you need to not take your business presentations too seriously. Not sure what I mean? Go check out slide number 10 on this slide deck below.
If you did not actually laugh out loud, then I don’t know what to tell you. Small illustrated embellishments can be very powerful because they evoke an emotional response and to gain your audience’s trust.
Did you know 70% of employees think that giving a good presentation is an essential workplace skill?
11. Supplement Your Presentation with Printed Materials
Printed takeaways (such as brochures and business cards ) give audience members a chance to take home the most important elements of your presentation in a format they can easily access without using a computer. Make sure you brand these materials in a way that’s visually consistent with your slide deck, with the same color scheme, icons, and other iconic features; otherwise, your recipients will just end up scratching their heads.
If you’re giving people multiple materials, try packaging them all into one convenient presentation folder. There are over 100 styles with a wide range of custom options, so feel free to get creative and make your folder stand out. Sometimes a unique die cut or an unusual stock is all you need to make something truly memorable. Here are some brochure templates to get you started.
12. Only Use One Chart Or Graphic Per Slide
Having too much information on a slide is the easiest way to lose the focus of your audience. This is especially common when people are using graphs, charts or tables .
In this creative slide deck, the author made sure to only include one focal point per slide, and I applaud them for it. I know this may sound like a simple presentation tip, but I have seen many people lose their audience because the slides are too complex.
13. Keep Your Employee Engagement Presentations Light
Sometimes you need to get away from stuffy, professional presentation ideas to capture your audience’s attention. In this case, Officevibe used some very colorful and playful illustrations to stand out from the crowd.
I mean, who could not love the plant with a face on slide number 9? And if you want to see some more icons and illustrations like this, be sure to check out our article on how to tell a story with icons.
14. Feature a Map When Talking About Locations
Including a map in your creative presentations is a fantastic idea! Not only do they make an interesting focal point for your slide layout, they also make location-based information easier to understand.
This cool presentation example by our pro designers at Venngage uses maps to visualize information. This map both dominates the screen, and also displays all the locations being covered.
15. Use a Font That Is Large and In Charge
If you are presenting to a small group or a packed stadium, make sure your audience can see your text! Use a large and in charge font that can be read from even the nosebleed seats.
Honestly, you really never know where your unique presentation will be seen. It could be seen in a conference room or conference hall, and everything in between. Be ready to present almost anywhere with a bold and easy to read font.
16. Use Pop Culture References To Build A Fun Presentation
Using a meme or pop culture reference is another way that you can jive with your audience. It can be used to quickly get a point across without saying a word or create a moment that you can connect with the room. For example in this presentation, they used Napoleon Dynamite to give the audience feelings of nostalgia.
17. Use More Than One Font Weight On Your Presentation Cover Slide
Just like you would never use one font on an infographic, you should never use just one font on your presentation (for more tips, read our guide on how to choose fonts ). In this presentation example from HubSpot, they use a bunch of different font weights to add emphasis to key words and ideas.
As you can see, they use a bold font on the presentation cover to bring attention to Steve Jobs name. This makes it easy for the audience to know what your presentation is going to be about from the beginning as well.
18. Use A Color Theme For Each Idea
Color is another extremely powerful nonverbal tool that you can use to guide your audience. By using a different color for each section of your creative presentation, Dell is able to clearly indicate when they are switching points or ideas. Going from green to orange, and even red almost effortlessly.
This is a great way to design a list, guide, or a how-to presentation as well. And each color can be assigned to a different step or number with ease.
Need help picking the perfect color palette? Start here !
19. use illustrations instead of pictures .
An easy way to keep your design consistent throughout your unique presentation is to use illustrations like in this slide deck by Domo.
They used illustrations instead of pictures to show off their subject on slide numbers 4-10 and it looks fantastic. This will ensure that the audience focuses on the content, instead of just the photo they could have used.
It also helps that illustrations are a top design trend for 2020 .
20. Use Contrasting Colors to Compare Two Perspectives or Sides of an Argument
Contrasting colors can be used to quickly show each side of topic or an argument. For example in this presentation, they use this trick to show the difference between their company and the competition.
They use color very effectively in this example to show their company is better, in a nonverbal way. With a lighter color and illustrated icons, the company is able to position them as the better choice. All without saying a word.
Now if they would have used similar colors, or a single color the effect wouldn’t have been as strong or noticeable.
21. Include Your Own Personal Interests
This example is one of the most interesting and cool presentations I have seen in awhile, so I suggest checking out the entire thing. The creator inserts a bunch of his personal interests into the slide to make his presentation about education fun and relatable. And they even use a Super Mario Bros inspired presentation cover, so you know it has to be fantastic!
22. Try To Stick To Groups Of Three
How many major ideas should be present on your presentation aid? Never break your presentation layout down into anything more than thirds. This means there should be at most three columns, three icons, three ideas and so on. A great example of this idea starts on slide number 9 in this slide deck and continues throughout the rest of the presentation.
Here is a great three columned slide template to get started with.
23. add a timeline to help visualize ideas .
One of the best ways to visualize a complex process or historical event is to use a timeline presentation. A list of all the steps or events is just not going to cut it in a professional setting. You need to find an engaging way to visualize the information.
Take the presentation example above, where they outline the rise and fall of Athens in a visually stimulating way.
24. Label Your Graphs & Charts
If the people at Pollen VC had not added those annotations to the graphs on slide number 5, I would have definitely not known what to make of that graph.
But when you combine the visuals on a graph with descriptive text, the graph is able to paint a picture for your audience. So make your graphs easy to understand by annotating them (this is a chart design best practice ).
Create a free graph right here, right now !
25. white font over pictures just works .
There is a reason that you see so many quotes or sayings in a white font that are then overlaid on an image. That it is because it just works in so many situations and the text is very easy to read on any image.
If you do not believe me, look at the slide deck example above where they use a white font with a few different fonts and about 100 images. Plus the presentation template is chocked full of other tips on how to create a winning slideshow.
26. Color Code Your Points Across The Whole Presentation
Here is another example of a presentation that uses color to keep their points organized. In this case, they use 10 different pastel colors to match the 10 different tips for employee engagement.
Check out our guide for how to pick the best colors for your visuals .
27. Use a Simple Flow Chart to Break Down a Process
If you’re a fan of the movie Step Brothers , you may have heard of Prestige Worldwide before. In this fun presentation example they are back to sell you on their business model and growth plans.
This time, the presentation will be effective because it actually talks about what the business does.
Instead of making a music video, they use a helpful flowchart template to explain their business model. I would recommend following their lead and creating a dynamic flow chart to visually break down any process. Try making your own flowchart with Venngage.
28. Make Your Slide Deck Mobile Friendly
As more people move to mobile as their main device each year, making your presentations mobile-friendly is becoming increasingly important. This means that the text is large and there aren’t too many small details, so everything can scale down. Just like in this presentation example from the creators at Globoforce.
29. Don’t Be Afraid To Include Too Many Examples
If you are presenting a complex idea to a group, especially a large audience, I would recommend having a ton of good examples. Now, I would try not to overdo it, but having too many it is better than having too few.
In this creative presentation, the people at With Company spend about 20 slides just giving great examples of prototyping. It doesn’t feel too repetitive because they all are useful and informative examples.
30. Use Consistent Visual Styles For an Elegant Presentation Design
I have already written extensively about using icons in all of your design projects . I haven’t talked as much about matching icons to your presentation template.
As you can see in the example above, the designer used minimalist icons that fit the slide designs. All of the other graphics, charts and visual elements fit together nicely as well.
Plus the icons don’t distract from the content, which could ruin a stellar presentation.
31. Use A Consistent Presentation Layout
In this example from Bannersnack, they use a consistent layout on each of their slides to help with the flow by using the same margins and text layout.
It’s a solid presentation example because they help the user know where to look immediately. It may seem like they are playing it safe, but anything that can speed up the time it takes for a user to read the content of the slides, the better.
32. Use Loud Colors As Much As Possible
This is one of my favorite presentations because of the highlighter yellow they chose to use as their main color. It is actually very similar to one that I saw presented live a few years ago and I have used this same approach in a few presentations ideas of my own.
33. Pull Your Design Motif From Your Content
If you are talking about an interesting topic, why not use the topic as the main design motif in your creative slide deck? For example, in this presentation about sketchbooks, the creator uses a sketchy, handwritten motif. It is something simple that helps the audience connect with the topic. Plus, it allows you to include a ton of great examples.
34. Utilize A Call & Answer Cadence
In this SlideShare about how to create a presentation, Peter Zvirinsky uses a two-step process to present a point. First, he presents the header presentation tip in a speech bubble. Then he shows a supporting point in a responding speech bubble. This gives the presentation a conversational flow.
35. Repurpose Ebook Content Into A Creative Presentation
This slide deck was adapted perfectly from a Seth Godin ebook into the presentation example you see above. In the slide deck, they take a piece of content that would usually take a while to read and cut it down to a few minutes. Just remember to include only the most important ideas, and try to present them in a fresh way.
36. Add A Timed Outline To Your Presentation
We have already covered how important it is to have a table of contents in your slides but this takes it a bit further. On the second slide of the presentation below, the creator added how long each of the slides should take.
This is great because it helps your audience know the pace the presentation will take and will help keep them engaged. It also will help them identify the most important and in-depth parts of the presentation from the beginning.
37. Use A “Next Steps” Slide To Direct Your Audience
One of the worst things you can do as a presenter is to leave your audience without any idea of what to do next. A presentation should never just end because you ran out of slides.
Instead, use a conclusion or “next steps” slide like in the example above to finish your presentation. Sum up some of your main points, tell your audience where they can get more information, and push them to take action.
38. Go A Bit Crazy With The Design
Sometimes you need to throw convention to the wind to create something unforgettable. This presentation from Velocity Partners does just that, and I think it is one of my favorite ones from this entire roundup.
They use unconventional typography, quirky icons, and unusual presentation layout to make each slide surprising.
39. Make Your Slide Deck Easy To Share
If you are looking to get a lot of eyes on your presentation I would make sure people will want to share it on social media. How do you do that? By presenting new and interesting value. This means your content needs to answer a common question and your design needs to be clutter-free. For an example, look at this very social media-friendly. The slides are simple and answer questions directly.
40. Use Shapes to Integrate Your Photos Into the Slides
Want to include a bunch of images in your presentation? I say do it!
Now most of the time you would add a raw image directly to your slide. However, if you want to present images in a professional way I would recommend using an image frame .
Like in the example above, you can use these frame to create a collage of images almost instantly. Or provide a similar visual theme to all of your slides.
Overall, I believe it’s a great way to add a new visual component to your presentation.
41. Hijack Someone’s Influence In Your Marketing Slides
If you are stuck in the brainstorming phase of your presentation, focusing on a brand or influencer is a great place to start. It could be a case study, a collection of ideas or just some quotes from the influencer. But what makes it effective is that the audience knows the influencer and trusts them. And you are able to hijack their awareness or influence.
42. Put Your Logo On Every Slide
Whether you have a brand as powerful as Moz, or you are just getting started, you should always have your logo on each slide. You really never know where a presentation is going to end up–or what parts of it will! In this presentation template, Moz does a good job of including their branding and such to get others interested in Moz Local. Don’t have a logo yet? Our logo design tips will help you create a logo that’s iconic and will stand the test of time.
43. Lead Your Audience To It
In this example, the creator uses something very similar to the call and answer approach I mentioned above, but with a little twist. Instead of just throwing all the info up at once, they use three slides to build to a particular point and include a subtle call to action in the third slide.
44. Make Visuals the Focal Point of Your Presentation Slides
If you haven’t noticed, illustrated icons are having a revival in 2020 and beyond. This is likely because minimalist icons dominated the design world for the past decade. And now people want something new.
Brands also like using illustrated icons because they are seen as genuine and fun.
And because they are so eye-catching you can use them as focal points in your presentation slides. Just like they did in the creative presentation example above.
Picking the perfect icon is tough, I would recommend starting here !
45. use a quirky presentation theme .
In this slide deck, the authors show you how to become an Animation Ninja…and they use ninja graphics and icons extensively. This caught my eye immediately because of the amount of work that I knew was behind this. It takes a lot of time and effort to line all of the content and graphic up to create a cohesive theme, but the payoff can be massively worth it.
46. Use A Consistent Background Image
I am a big fan of the way that Aleyda Solís uses only a single presentation background image throughout her presentation.
By using this tactic the audience is able to focus on what is happening in the foreground. Plus it gives the whole presentation a different feel than all the other ones I have looked at.
47. Summarize Your Points At The End
It’s a good idea to summarize your points at the end of your presentation, especially if you’ve covered a lot of information. In this presentation example, Deanta summarizes exactly what they do on slide numbers 16-18. They also provide their contact information in case their audience has any more questions. I think that every presentation should use this same approach, especially the ones you are presenting outside of your company.
48. Use A Minimalist Presentation Template
This slide deck from QuickBooks uses a minimalist theme to help the audience focus on what is important, the content.
There were only five colors used in the entire presentation and the graphics were simple line drawings. This made it easy to read and very pleasing to the eyes.
49. Split Your Slides Length-Wise
Here is a simple template you can use to separate your headers, or main points, from your body text in a presentation.
Instead of using a solid presentation background, split the slide in half like Sequoia did in their slide deck. They used their brand color for the title portion and a neutral white for the supporting content.
Use this template to create a very similar slide right now !
50. embrace a bold color scheme throughout your presentation.
My favorite part of the creative presentation example above is the use of complementary colors in each slide. As you can see, not one of the slides use the same color scheme but they all feel related connected.
This approach can be used to make your presentation visually unique, without abandoning a cohesive theme or idea.
51. Put Text In the Top Left Corner
English speakers will instinctively try to read text from a top to bottom, left to right orientation. I would recommend using a left alignment for your text and adding additional things from top to bottom, just like Aaron Irizarry did in this presentation layout.
52. Break Up Your Tables
A plain table with a white background with black or gray lines are difficult to read on a computer screen, so why would you create one for viewing on a large presentation screen? You shouldn’t!
Instead, follow Intuit’s lead and break up the rows with a bit of color. This applies to data visualization in general , but think it is even more important when it comes to presentations.
53. Present Connected Information in a Visually Similar Way
In this startup pitch presentation example, they have a ton of information to get through. But they present their most important slides, the problem and solution, in a visually similar way.
By using a similar layout on each slide, the audience will be able to quickly make a connection. If you want to present two connected pieces of information, use this tactic.
From the font to the layout, it’s all basically the same. The main message they’re trying to impart is a lot more impactful to the reader.
If they would have used two wildly different presentation layouts, the message may have been lost.
54. Roundup Expert Tips Into One Presentation
If you are looking for useful insights into the topic of your presentation, talk to some influencers in your niche. These are called “expert roundups” in the content marketing world and they are incredibly shareable.
Plus, they are pretty easy to create and have a great shelf life. In the example above, we talked to a gaggle of marketing experts about what makes a SlideShare great.
55. Use Bold & Brash Colors Throughout
B old colors usually make your presentation template a lot easier to read and remember. Like at this slide deck made by our talented designers, which doesn’t shy away from bright, bold colors.
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56. make yo ur graphs easy to read & interpret .
It should not require a Master’s degree in statistics to understand the graphs that someone uses in a presentation. Instead, the axis should be easy to read, the colors should enforce the point, and the data should be clearly plotted.
For example, in this presentation on slide numbers 14 and 25, the graphs nail all of those tips perfectly.
57. Condense Your Presentation Into a Memorable Line
If you can, try condensing your information into a simple one-liner to help the message stick with your audience. In slide number 36 of this presentation, Mika Aldaba does just that and shows that “Facts + Feelings = Data Storytelling.”
He does this again a few times throughout the presentation with other memorable one-liners.
58. Bring attention to important figures with colorful icons
If you’re including a figure or number on your slides, I’m guessing you want the audience to actually see it.
That’s why I would recommend using an icon or graphic to highlight that figure. Maybe use a color or icon that isn’t used anywhere else in the presentation to make sure it really jumps off the screen.
In the presentation example above, all that’s used is a simple circle to make each figure a focal point. It’s really that easy, but many people leave it out of their presentations.
59. Anchor Your Text With Icons
Having your text or content floating out in the white space of your presentation is not a good look.
Instead, you should use anchor icons to give the text something to hold onto and draw the audience’s eye. If you need some examples of good anchor icons, check out slide numbers 4, 7 and 9 in this presentation example.
60. Add Semi-Opaque Lettering As a Presentation Background
A neat way to keep your slide deck organized is to number your slides or points using semi-opaque lettering in the background.
Then, place your slide content on top of the opaque lettering. This helps your audience know that you are on the same point or idea, plus it just looks really good when done right.
61. Use Simple Or Minimalist Borders
An easy way to class up your slides is to put a border around your text. Take this presentation from Venngage that uses a couple of different types of borders to make their slides look professional.
Plus it helps keep all of your content contained on the slide!
62. Feature One Idea Per Slide
Nothing is worse than a confusing, cluttered slide. Instead of trying to pack a bunch of ideas into one slide, focus on one core idea on each slide. If you need to flesh the idea out, just make another slide.
Having trouble condensing your slides? Our presentation design guide can help you summarize your presentations and convey a singular idea with a clear focus.
63. Keep Your Style Consistent With Your Brand
You might be tempted to switch up the style of your creative presentations each time, but think again. If your brand is known for fun and lighthearted content, like Officevibe, let that be your style throughout all of the presentations you publish under that brand. This will make your slide decks recognizable and will enforce your brand’s message .
64. Use Accent Fonts to Emphasize Important Numbers
Some people hate pie charts with a passion, but I think they are perfect for presentations. Especially if you want to bring attention to a figure or percentage point .
In this simple example, the pie charts are used to visualize each figure in an interesting way. Plus the pie charts fit the circular and fun theme of the rest of the presentation very well.
65. Use Patterned and Textured Presentation Backgrounds
Adding some subtle textures, icons or shapes to the presentation background can help make your slides more interesting. This is especially effective when you are only showing one point per slide, because it makes the slide design less sparse.
You can even switch up the colors on your shapes or textures to match the theme of the slide like DesignMantic did in this presentation.
66. Illustrate Complex Or Confusing Concepts With Icons
Ideally, you don’t want every slide in your deck to just be text. Instead, switch things up every few slides by using just pictures.
This slide deck by Gluwa uses icons to create little diagrams to illustrate their presentation ideas. Their slides still communicate concepts to the audience, but in a new way.
67. Overlay Stock Photos With Color
One problem many people encounter when creating a presentation or slide decks are finding photos with a consistent style. An easy way to edit photos to make them consistent is to add a transparent color overlay. In this example, Change Sciences uses a blue overlay on all of their photos. Plus, the color you choose can also help convey a particular mood.
68. Use Black and White Blocks
An easy way to make your text pop, particularly on a photo background, is to use white font on a black blog background (and vise-versa). Check out this slide deck by Abhishek Shah, which uses this trick in an effective way.
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69. Use Photos With Similar Filters
Using a bunch of photos with wildly different filters can be jarring in a business presentation. To maintain a consistent flow, use photos with a similar filter and color saturation.
Take a look at this example from HubSpot across slide numbers 1-6 and you can see what I mean.
70. Visualize Your Points With Diagrams
Sometimes the best way to get your point across is to throw some diagrams into the presentation mix. But be sure to make is something that the audience can pick up on in three to five seconds tops.
For example, Jan Rezab uses a diagram to illustrate what takes up time in our lives on slide numbers 4, 5, 7 and 9!
71. Get Experts To Share Tips
If you want to provide even more value to your audience than you can offer yourself, why not call in some expert reinforcement? See what experts in your field have to say on the topic of your presentation and include their tips and insights. Plus you can hijack their influence and expand your audience fairly quickly.
72. Mimic a Popular Presentation Style
Uber’s pitch deck helped them raise millions of dollars in venture capital eventually leading to the glorious moment when they IPOed this year.
Aside from our sleek design upgrade (hey, we love good design!), this pitch deck template is the exact same one that Uber used to go from Idea to IPO.
And who knows? Maybe you might start the next Uber. But to raise money, you will need to create flawless business pitch decks to impress investors and raise those dollars.
73. Plan Your Presentation Idea Ahead of Time
I know that minimalist designs are all the rage this year, but there is a big difference between a well-thought-out minimalist design and a lazy design without the finish touches. The same goes for a cluttered design with too many things going on at once.
That’s why it’s worth it to take the time to really plan out your presentation ideas and design concepts. Take this slide deck about storytelling by HighSpark. A quick glance will tell you that they put a lot of thought into designing their slides.
74. Use Tables to Compare Your Brand to the Competition in Sales Presentations/Pitch Decks
There are a lot of ways to visually compare similar things in this day and age. You could use a comparison infographic , or even a venn diagram!
However, when it comes to presentations I think that the simple table is best. Especially if you are comparing more than two things, like in this presentation example.
With a table, you can clearly lay out all the pros and cons of each idea, brand or topic without it being overwhelming to the audience. Plus, virtually everyone knows how to follow a table, so your information will be easy to consume.
See more examples of the best pitch decks .
75. Blend Icons & Content Effortlessly
Usually, icons are used as eye-catching objects or anchors for text in a slideshow. But they can be used for so much more than that!
Like in this marketing presentation from Constant Contact they are very large but do not distract from the content.
76. Make Your Audience Want More
This tactic has been used by everyone since the idea of marketing was invented (or close to that). In this presentation example called “100 Growth Hacks, 100 Days” the creator only shows the audience the first 10 days of it and then uses a call to action at the end of the presentation to encourage them to seek out the rest.
The only risk with these kinds of presentation ideas is if your initial content is not great, you can’t expect your audience to seek out more information.
77. Use Memes (For Real, Though)
Usually, memes do not have a place in a serious business setting, so maybe don’t use them for formal presentations. But if you’re covering a lighter topic, or if you’re going for a fun presentation that will connect with your audience, don’t be afraid to throw a meme or two into the mix.
The audience immediately knows what you are trying to say when you use a popular meme in your presentation. For example, on slide number 7, the creator uses a meme to show that it will be hard to create great content
78. Include a Slide that Introduces Your Team in Pitch Decks
In this presentation example, the creators decided to include their team on a slide. I think it’s a great gesture.
Showing your team can help the audience put a face to your brand and make the whole company feel more genuine. So if there is a team that has helped you get where you are today, give them some recognition!
79. Feature A Complementary Color Palette
Even though I am not a formally trained designer, I still understand that proper color usage is the base of any good design. Although not all of the tenets of color theory work great for presentations, complementary colors are always a great pick.
Take a look at the color usage in this business presentation from Gary Vaynerchuk below . The purple and Snapchat yellow, which are complementary colors, look fantastic and the content jumps off the screen.
80. Use A Heavy Or Bold Font
The very back of the room should be able to read your content if you are giving a group presentation. To ensure that your entire audience can read the slides I would not only use a large font, but also use a heavy font. If you are confused by what I mean by a heavy font take a look at this unique presentation example by Slides That Rock.
81. Do The Math For Your Audience
If you are going to use a graph in your presentation to compare data you should do the match for your audience. Do not make them do the calculations in their head because you will quickly lose their attention. For example, on slide number 5 the people at Sickweather lay out exactly what figures they want the audience to take from the slide.
82. Use Unique Colors For Different Sections
The example below has 145 slides but it does not feel overwhelming or confusing.
That’s because each section has a different corresponding color, which makes it easier to flip through the slide deck and find a particular part.
83. Give Your Presentation a Catchy Title that Anyone Can Remember
What I really love about the presentation example above is that it features a catchy tagline on the second slide–“The 3S Framework.” It’s simple but it works!
This motto helps outline the structure of the presentation, and each slide referring back to it. Plus, the tagline will give the audience something to latch onto and remember from the presentation.
84. White Backgrounds Are Not Always Bad
A lot of people think that plain white background is a boring presentation faux pas. So the first thing they do is add color or image, which is not a bad thing at all.
But I also think that when used correctly, like in this example, plain white backgrounds can lead to beautiful presentations.
85. Split The Header Text From The Body Text
This idea is very similar to the one-two punch tactic that I talked about above, but it spreads the content over two slides as opposed to a single slide.
86. Feature Circle Image Frames
I am a big fan of the design choices that Frank Delmelle uses in this slide deck about content strategy. He uses circles as his main design motif and frames his images in circles as well.
87. Talk Directly To Your Audience
This slideshow tops out at 70 slides but it’s a breeze to flip through. That’s because the creator, Ian Lurie, decided to present it in the form of a conversation instead of a classic slide deck.
While each slide only has one or two sentences, it flows just like a friendly chat. He also includes the necessary pauses, breaks and other conversational tics that helps make it even more convincing.
88. Illustrated Icons Are Key This Year
Icons add a fun and functional element to your designs. In this presentation by Iryna Nezhynska, they use illustrated icons to make a potentially intimidating topic seem manageable.
89. Highlight Key Numbers and Percentages
Surprising percentages have the ability to excite and shock an audience. To make the percentages on your slides even more impactful, present them in a different color or font than the rest of the text.
In the presentation example above, Contently uses that exact tactic to bring more attention to key numbers.
90. Use a Gradient as Your Presentation Background
Just like bold color schemes, gradients are a current social media graphic design trend . They may feel retro to some, but I believe they will be around well into the future.
Gradients are perfect for presentation backgrounds because they are so versatile and eye-catching. I mean, you can literally create a gradient with any colors you can think of! And they look a lot more interesting than a simple flat background.
So embrace the future and use a gradient in your next presentation!
91. Track The Steps In a Process
In this example, the creators from O.C. Tanner add a very interesting feature to their slides, starting on slide number 6. If you take a look at this business presentation template, you will see that they number the steps in a process and track which step they’re on at the bottom of the slides.
92. Use Mind Blowing Font Pairings
The creator of this slide deck uses at least 10 different types of fonts. And it looks fantastic because they know that one font choice is boring. But this does not mean that you should use a bunch of random fonts–pick font pairs that play well together and keep your font choices for different types of information consistent throughout the presentation.
93. Make Your Ideas As Obvious As Possible
Your audience shouldn’t be guessing at what you mean. That is why I think that this presentation example from In a Rocket is so powerful because they make the information easy to digest.
Learning to code can be challenging, but they break the information down with simple diagrams and clear examples. Heck, I have not touched CSS in a few years and I could still follow what they were instructing.
94. Use Images That Will Actually Scale
A large mistake that you can make in your slide deck is using low-quality images. They may look great on your computer, but as soon as the slides are put up on a screen, the low quality will show. In this example by ThoughtWorks, all of their presentation background images look great and will scale well to a bigger screen. And that is even after the image compression that LinkedIn most likely does!
95. Take Risks With Your Presentation Layout
I honestly was blown away the first time I saw this presentation because it capitalized on such a risky design idea. The creators from Weekdone literally turned their presentation into an 8-Bit video game. A nd if you are looking for something that will stick with your audience, I would take a few creative cues from them!
96. Seriously, You Better Use Memes
In this day and age memes are mainstream, so why wouldn’t you use them in a creative presentation? These do not have to be the coolest meme that all the hip kids are sharing, they can be some of the classics. Like the one that Dana DiTomaso uses on slide 16 to emphasize that it’s a trap!
97. Follow a Clear Design Rhythm
I really like how this presentation introduced each new point in three or four steps, using the same design. It gave the presentation a rhythm that flowed almost like a song!
I would recommend using this approach if you have to introduce multiple points per slide.
98. Use LOTS Of Icons
If you have made it this far in the list you have already probably seen how effective icons are in presentations. They are the perfect way to support your ideas and make your presentation more pleasing to the eyes.
For example, take a look at all the icons SlideShop uses in this presentation. Almost every slide has at least one icon and a few have more than ten!
99. Give Each Slide Its Own Spark
I know this goes against earlier points I had about creating a cohesive theme in your presentation layout, but everyone knows that rules are made to be broken (if you can do it better)!
In this slide deck, the team at Officevibe literally created different designs for all 27 of their slides. And to top it off, each of the designs fit the quotes they used extremely well.
100. Use LARGE Header Cards
An easy way to stick to that “one piece of content on each slide rule” is to use header cards. They are basically the header that you would normally use in a blog post or article, but it gets is own slide before the content. Here is an example of that idea in the real world in this presentation from Brian Downard.
101. Ask Your Audience Questions
I think one of the most common elements I saw in all the slide decks was that they asked the audience questions. You can use questions to engage with your audience and get them thinking a bit harder about the topic. The Site By Norex team did an exceptional job of this when they explored what the topic of what makes up a brand.
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102. Introduce Yourself and Your Brand
I would say that a majority of presentations that I looked at in this list just jumped right into the content without an introduction to the author or brand in the actual slide deck.
This introduction is very important because it establishes your credentials from the beginning, especially if someone is just reading the slide deck. In this example from Losant, they do just that by spending the first few slides telling the audience who they are.
103. Mix Up Your Mediums
Finally, this slide deck effectively marries two very distinct content forms together: digital images and hand-drawn illustrations. In this example, Freshdesk uses the timeless classic of a comic strip, Calvin & Hobbes, in something so modern to inform the audience in a fun way.
104. Show Off Your Credentials
Just like with any piece of content, people are more likely to believe what you are saying if they know what your company does. That is why I really like when people insert their qualifications right into the presentation slides. Just like Andreas von der Heydt, from Amazon, did at the beginning of this presentation about thinking big.
105. Highlight Key Data Points
If you are presenting a chart or graph on a dry topic, I would recommend using a single color to highlight the most important data point. For example, the investment firm a16z uses orange to highlight the data points they want their audience to focus on in each of their charts.
Check out some examples of how to highlight your key information in bar charts .
106. Show Your Audience Where To Find More Information
A lot of people end their presentations by literally just running out of slides, and that is the wrong way to do it. Instead, CBInsights consistently pushes their readers towards another piece of content at the end. This is also where you can insert a call to action!
107. Tell Your Origin Story
This idea is kinda similar to showing off your company qualifications at the beginning of your presentation. But with this approach, you are trying to make an emotional connection with your audience instead of just showing off accolades.
And Rand from Moz does this extremely well in the presentation example above.
108. Use One Focused Visual
This presentation uses a central visual of a structure, with each slide moving down the levels of the structure. This is incredibly powerful because the entire presentation is about sinking your company, and the visual they designed mirrors that idea perfectly. Using one focus visual also makes your slide deck design cohesive.
109. Don’t Take Presentation Design Too Seriously
Sometimes we get caught up trying to make the perfect presentation and it ends up making us crazy!
But in this presentation example, Jesse Desjardins uses a mix of wit and hilarious retro images to create a memorable and light-hearted presentation.
110. Use Size To Your Advantage
I am a big fan of using bubble charts and other charts that use size to compare two pieces of data. That is why I like this pitch deck from the ShearShare team that utilizes a size-based chart on slide number 9. The chart is used to illustrate the massive growth potential in their industry.
111. Split Section Headers From The Main Content With Different Background Colors
In this presentation, Seth Familian uses alternating colors in a very interesting way. For each of the title slides, he uses a black color background, but for the content slides he uses a white background.
This helped the readers follow along and comprehend what was on the page even faster. And when you are presenting to hundreds of different types of people, this can make or break your presentation.
112. Have A Conversation With Your Audience
Take a conversational tone in your presentation is a great way to encourage your audience to participate.
In this slide deck example, we presented a simple storyline and use questions to engage with the audience throughout. And it helped create a flow throughout the presentation template that is easy to follow.
113. Include Your Branding Throughout Your Presentation Ideas
Another thing that people seem to forget when they are working on a presentation is to include their business’s branding. You honestly never know where your work is going to be shared, so it is important to make sure people know it’s yours. HubSpot does an outstanding job of this on all their presentations, as you can see in the bottom left corner of each slide.
Plus you have spent a ton of time creating your brand guidelines , might as well use them.
114. Include Multiple Slides To Build To Your Main Point
Try using multiple slides to build to your main point. This helps you walk through the components of one overarching point while also building suspense. In this slide deck, the creator uses 6 slides to build up to one main point, adding a new illustration to the diagram on each slide.
115. Split The Difference
Use either the left or right side of the slide to hold your text and the opposite to display an image. If you are using a photo or graphic as the main background in your slides, this is a great way to keep things organized.
116. There Are Millions Of Fonts Out There…Use Them
Hey, I love simple fonts just as much as the next guy, but sometimes you need to step up your font game to stand out. For example, WebVisions uses a very gritty, probably custom font in their unique presentation that fits the topic extremely well. Take a look!
117. Build Your Presentation Content Around Icons
Try using icons as the focal points of your presentation layout. This example from Omer Hameed uses icons to draw the audience’s eyes right to the middle of the presentation, where the main points and headers are located.
118. Mix Up Font Style To Emphasize Important Points
If you would like to draw some extra attention to a certain word or idea, switch up the font to one that is bolder. For example, in this oldie but goodie presentation from HubSpot they use a heavy sans-serif font to highlight ideas, as opposed to the serif font for the other text.
119. Add Personal Touches To Your Presentation
If you want to create a truly unique presentation, add personal touches. In the slide numbers 6-13 from this presentation, the creator adds something to their design that no one else could ever have: they use original drawings they did themselves.
120. Harness the Power of Your Own Brand Colors
Sometimes people forget that they already have a battle-tested color palette that they can use in their brand colors . I try to incorporate one of our brand colors in most of my designs and it makes so much easier to choose colors.
In this simple presentation example, Spitfire Creative used a palette that had both of their brand colors throughout the slideshow.
121. Used Dark-Colored Blocks to Highlight Words
I have seen this trick used in a lot of presentations and it works well. Highlight certain words or phrases by laying them overtop a colored rectangle. Take slide number 7 in this presentation example as a great guide. Use it to bring attention to a saying or idea you really want your audience to remember.
122. Show The Audience Your Mug
This presentation example comes from the same presentation as a previous one, but it was too good not to share. Throughout the slides, you will see Rand from Moz pop up to add a human element to the design. Using an image of your team or yourself can put the audience at ease and make it easier to connect with the presenter.
123. Include A Helpful Table Of Contents
I only saw this presentation idea used a few times throughout my research, but I believe it should be used a lot more. A table of contents will help the audience know what to expect and keep their focus throughout. Especially if you are creating a presentation that is a bit longer than normal.
124. Do Not Post Just Screenshots, Do More
Screenshots of a program or app are very common in any blog post, but I think you can do a little better when it comes to presentations.
So instead of just posting a boring screenshot, add a little more to the slide by using illustrations and product shots. If you are not sure what I am talking about, just check out how great the screenshots look at slide numbers 7 and 8 in this presentation.
125. Highlight Keywords Using BOLD Color
Here’s another slide deck that uses different colors and blocks to highlight keywords. If you are going to use text-heavy slides, then make sure the key points are easy to pick out. Take this slide deck: starting in slide number 4, they highlight exactly what they want you to take away from the text on each slide!
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17 fun presentation ideas (with video!) to wow your audience
- 30 Jun 2016
So you want to be the next Steve Jobs. Or Martin Luther King. Or any other dazzling orator you look up to. But you need a little something to add to your presentation ideas – you don’t want to bore people to death with Powerpoint.
Whether you’re creating a sales presentation, an event presentation, or just showing your travel video to Uncle Ron, we’ve compiled some of the best ways to get your audience seriously hyped up about your message.
Biteable offers online video presentation software, so we know a thing or two about making engaging presentation videos. In this guide, we share some of our favorite video presentation inspiration and show you some of the different types of presentations you might consider.
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Types of video presentations
If you’re looking to win over your audience with a presentation, videos are the best way to do it. According to Insivia, viewers retain 95% of a message when they see it in a video, but only 10% if they have to read on-screen text.
When you’re making your presentation, you could either make your video the whole presentation, or just a part of the whole. Did you know, for example, that you can embed a video in a Powerpoint document? Either is possible with our video templates and it can be interesting to mix things up once in a while.
There are four main types of presentations:
Picking the right one will ensure you’re onto a winner with your video presentation. For example, if you’re onboarding some new employees, you might choose a video template that’s an informative presentation like this one:
Or, if you want to show off how something works, a demonstration presentation might be what you want to create:
A persuasive presentation would involve creating a video more like this charity infographic example:
And if you want something a little more inspirational, try something like this positive quote video template.
But that’s not all, folks! If you’d like to check out more awesome Biteable video templates, visit our templates page here .
Creative (and fun!) video presentation ideas
You’ve now picked the type of presentation you need. But how do you get creative with your video?
First of all, it’s important your video is top-notch. Without high-quality graphics and production value, your message may fall by the wayside. Choose online video presentation software that’s easy to use and makes great-looking videos. That’s where Biteable comes in.
Whatever the topic of your presentation, your video format and design need to match the overall tone and message.
Delivering a corporate presentation on climate change? A fast-paced, wildly colorful template with upbeat music is going to feel a little off-message.
To identify how to design your presentation, think about the feelings you want to evoke in your audience. Want them to be crying with laughter? Moved to tears? Motivated into taking action? Pinpointing the emotions behind your presentation will help you choose the right template and make the best video possible.
17 great presentation ideas
Now you’ve nailed down the type of video presentation you want to make, it’s time to master the finer details. Here’s just some of the ways you can make your message sing.
1. Start with a bold statement
A bold statement can capture your audience’s attention right from the get-go. Your statement should offer something slightly unusual and maybe even a little controversial. Something to make people sit up and take notice.
2. Tell a story
One of the best ways to get your audience’s attention is to tell a story – it’ll hit them right in the feels.
A personal, human story works because it the audience can relate to it on a personal level. Think about some stand-out examples of human stories that relate to your business or idea, and tell that story so people will connect with the central character. The bigger the emotion the better: love, longing, overcoming obstacles, things we’ve all had to deal with at some point in our lives.
Think about the ‘story arc’ – how will you frame your message so the audience immediately empathizes?
If you’re selling trainers, perhaps you’ll talk about someone who’s training for a marathon. If you’re lobbying for women’s rights, perhaps you’ll tell a story of when a passing comment affected you deeply. Maybe you should think back to the decision that started your business, and start your presentation with that.
Here’s a great example of storytelling from one of the world’s top brands:
3. Use music
Music has great power to support and enhance the emotion in a video presentation, and has been proven to sustain an audience’s attention and aid in information retention. Music is used in movies to suggest an emotional state to the viewer, so why not in a video presentation?
Modern, up-tempo music will snap people to attention at the right moment, while slow, minor-key sounds relax the brain, which is useful for reviewing content so it can slip more easily into long-term memory.
It can be a struggle to find good quality royalty free music , but here at Biteable we have a selection of great royalty free tracks (or you can upload your own if you’re that way inclined).
Music is one of the most critical (and often overlooked) aspects of any presentation. Here’s a good example of a Biteable template where the music does a great job of supporting the message.
4. Visual metaphor
Research has shown that combining pictures and text is one of the best ways to help people engage with and retain information. There’s something about how our brain works that makes text by itself far less memorable, so if you can combine something visual with your message, you’ll keep people’s attention longer and they’ll remember more of your presentation.
Talking to a group of people about taking action on something that scares them? A picture of someone diving or bungee jumping could work. Telling your boss how important that company retreat is next year? Show them an image of happy, relaxed people with their toes in the sand.
It doesn’t have to be obvious and clichéd, either. Closed doors, wide open roads, and lighting a candle all have subconscious messages that you don’t really need to explain. (Whatever you do, just don’t use the ultimate cliche: the overused ‘water ripple’ .)
5. Use questions
Questions can be a great way to open a presentation, because they encourage the audience to think for themselves. It opens them up to a realm of critical thinking, which is perfect when you’re gonna sock it to them with your impactful message.
‘Did you know 15 billion trees are cut down each year?’
‘Have you ever considered what life would be like if you didn’t have to save money?’
The art of asking questions in a presentation means you can incorporate them into your video as a great lead-in. Combined with some appropriate music, it can really get your audience thinking about the issue, and then you’ll go on to explain exactly what your solution is.
Having a laugh can really do a lot to win over an audience. There’s no need to be too serious, and even if you’re dealing with a heavy topic, lightening the mood can work wonders.
Whether you’re looking to create a funny sales video, an event presentation, or a presentation for an interview — one thing’s for sure, you can’t go wrong by including humor.
Simple. Effective. Powerful.
Repetition can be used in several ways: by offering several one-word sentences in a row (the repetition is in the rhythm), or by repeating a word or a key phrase several time throughout your presentation.
In his famous Stanford speech in 2005, for example, Steve Jobs concluded by saying “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
Repetition is powerful. It drives home your key message and strengthens your position.
8. Motion Graphics
Motion graphics are basically animation with text as a major component, and is a staple of what we do at Biteable.
When you use moving graphics in a presentation, it instantly captures attention. If your audience is just taking their seats, or are halfway through hearing your story, there’s no doubt they’ll sit up and take notice if you introduce some cool motion graphics, like this Meeting Tips example.
Although they can sometimes feel clichéd, quotes are a great way to impart a message in a presentation. Want your audience to understand something complex? A quote from Einstein should do it. Or would you like to say something meaningful and poetic? A couple of lines of Shakespeare should convey some wisdom.
10. Audio narration
Narration can give a different mood to your presentation, especially if the voice is powerful and the words are heartfelt. Use it to change the tone or pace of your presentation and it will certainly keep your audience hooked if there’s a danger of them losing interest.
11. Go bright with color
Color can have a huge effect on how your video comes across. Don’t be afraid to experiment. The contrasts of black and white can be extremely effective, but you can also grab people’s attention with some carefully-chosen primary and secondary colors, like in our Motion Graphics template.
12. Use illustrations
Illustrations are a great way to communicate information, especially if you’ve got lots to say. Whether you want to create a crowd of people or a cool depiction of some new fancy gadget, illustrations can draw the eye and make your presentation more interesting.
When you utilize infographics, you can pack in a huge amount of data and information without confusing your audience. Think pie charts, digital numbers, and ascending animated graphs. These can show your audience boring data in an exciting way.
14. Create interesting transitions
The one advantage of video over a standard presentation is that you can do all types of funky things with transitions, like a whip pan transition, when the camera quickly pans between scenes. It’s a bit like a wipe, but much faster. Check out our full article on transitions here .
15. Make it look cinematic
Adding a cinematic touch can help your audience feel receptive to your message because subconsciously, they will associate these elements with being at the cinema, eating popcorn, and generally having a good time.
16. Go retro
A cool, retro look for your presentation will make it hard to ignore. By going retro, you add a little bit of cheeky style to your message. You don’t need to go quite as retro as the template below, but taking a step back in time is a sure way to add a little bit of zing to things.
17. End on a meaningful note
Your presentation will only give your audience a lasting impression if you end it right.
It’s important to let the audience know what you want them to do next: to visit a website for more information, to ponder an idea or new direction, or to take action toward a particular goal.
An attention-grabbing visual will work really well here, along with a meaningful end to the music – a change of pace, volume, or pitch.
What’s the takeaway message? A strong CTA (call to action) will ensure your presentation is memorable and much more likely to be talked about.
Video brings your presentation alive
Of course, we’re a little biased here at Biteable, but we’ve also sat through enough mind-numbingly dull presentations to know that video offers a delightful treat for your audience. It brings your message to life in a way no other medium can.
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25 Creative Presentation Ideas That'll Inspire Audiences to Action in 2022 (+Video)
As a business owner you’ll have to give presentations about your work —awesome, brilliant, and intriguing presentations. You need creative presentation ideas.
The speaker walked into the room. They tapped the microphone, ducked for cover at the high-pitched screech the tapping produced. Then they laughed mechanically, swallowed audibly, mumbled something, and began stuttering.
It all went downhill from there. The most interesting part of the presentation was over.
The goal remains the same whether you’re:
- presenting a proposal to prospective clients
- presenting the results of your work at a professional conference
- presenting before a panel of potential investors,
You need to inspire your audience. Inspire trust for your work that'll lead to action you can transform into income for your business.
What makes for an inspirational presentation versus one that puts everyone to sleep?
Use the following ga-analytics#sendMarketClickEvent">creative presentation ideas to make a presentation that keeps your audience glued to your speech.
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Quick Creative Presentation Ideas & How to PPT Tips (Video)
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25 Creative Presentation Ideas for 2022
Here are 25 cool presentations ideas you can use for your next presentation:
1. Tell a Story
The human brain is designed to respond to stories as both a survival mechanism and as an entertainment mechanism. That double role has helped develop it into one of the most powerful communication tools humans have known.
Stories are much more interesting than facts because stories entertain us. Storytelling grabs and maintains attention. It helps the audience understand and remember what was said long after the story’s over.
Instead of presenting your work as a series of facts that'll bore even the most kind-hearted audiences, organize your facts into a story.
And use a professional design with captivating photo layouts and graphics. This connects your audience visually to your story. Consider the stylish Polarity PowerPoint Template :
What interesting connections can you make between your facts? What story can you build around them that'll help your audience stay engaged from start to finish? Tell your story.
Learn more about the presentation writing process:
2. Ask Questions at Crucial Moments
Statements sound trite and expected. Especially during a presentation. A presentation essentially consists of a series of statements strung together. So, one more statement isn’t likely to intrigue the audience—not even an exceptional one.
But what if you ask a question instead?
A question breaks up your regular presentation rhythm and helps mark what you’re saying as important. It turns your presentation from a passive story into an active quest that the audience can explore on their own through their answers.
Answering a question (even if only in their heads) makes your audience feel involved in your presentation and keeps them glued to your words.
3. Prepare and Practice
Ever wonder how the best presenters always seem relaxed, focused, and engaging? It’s easy to think that to be a great presenter, you need to be completely self-assured and comfortable in front of a crowd.
Preparation really starts at the very beginning. To succeed, take your presentation topics and map them out. This happens before you ever open your favorite presentation app to edit slides.
A big part of that is outlining your presentations. Just as novelists outline their books, great presenters map out big ideas in advance.
Think of your outline "roadmap" as a way to get your audience exactly where you want them to go. Following that outline as you build your slides helps you stay focused.
Once you've outlined and built your slides, it's time to rehearse relentlessly. It's not much fun, but it serves to build your self-confidence. You learn your content and become comfortable with it.
This translates directly into a confident stage presence. By feeling better about yourself (and your presentation topics), you'll give a better presentation. And in turn, this fuels audience engagement. Your self-assurance ensures their involvement.
4. Organize Your Presentation Into 3 Clear Points
The number three has been considered somewhat of a magical number in many cultures since antiquity. Something about things in threes fascinates the human mind and helps it retain information better. Consider these phrases:
- body, mind, and soul
- lock, stock, and barrel
- pb and j (two ingredients, but three consonants in this abbreviated form)
- blood, sweat, and tears
Magical or not, the number three works like a charm. At the end of the presentation, we can all remember three things that were said.
So instead of leaving those precious three things to luck, why not take charge? Organize your presentation into three main points or takeaways. Then you can be sure that your audience is paying attention to the important things and not the insignificant details.
Even if you’re making more than three points, which you likely will be, you can find ways to organize all your minor points into three main categories. That way, you can easily address and summarize the gist of your presentation at the end.
Cost, timeline, results. Problem, suggestions, solution. Beginning, middle, and end. Just remember to divide it into three!
5. Break It Up With Humor
Humor makes the world go around. And the same holds true for the business world. At the end of the day, no one likes to work with a stiff.
So even when you’re presenting in front of a “serious” client or investor, remember to use humor in your presentation. This doesn’t mean you've got to crack jokes the entire time. It simply means being cheerful, lighthearted, and personable.
Humor not your strong point? No worries. You can find presentations on creating presentations with humor!
While it can be challenging to nail the right tone with your use of humor it's one of the best presentation ideas to work on. Humor works to:
- break the ice between you and your audience
- puts everyone at ease, and helps them feel friendly, and well-disposed towards you (which can lead to improved results from your presentation)
- open people up to the fun presentation ideas you’re offering in your presentation
6. Design Your PowerPoint for Persuasion, Not Distraction
If you’re using a slide deck, have a goal in mind. That goal is typically to inform or to persuade (or both.)
People see a ton of presentations - especially those key audiences like potential investors and customers! That means it is absolutely essential to stand out.
This is where Envato Elements comes in. It's loaded with designs that work perfectly for creative ways to present a project . Elements is the ultimate resource for presenters who need creative ways to present a project.
Elements offers thousands of PowerPoint templates . Each one is available for a flat monthly rate. That’s right: join today and you’ll have unlimited downloads of all the amazing templates you can ever use.
These templates are built by creative experts with you in mind. Many offer advanced features impossible to find in any free template.
With Elements, you gain peace of mind thanks to the ease of use. You’ll save time and money and will impress even the most discerning audience.
This is a powerful offer. And Elements has far more than presentation templates. Your membership also includes stock photos, music, fonts, and more.
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7. Don’t Read From Your Slides
Reading from a slide that everyone in the room can see (and read for themselves) is boring and makes you look unprepared. Your PowerPoint isn’t there to remind you what to say, but to help your audience better understand the point you're making.
When you read off your PPT presentation, your audience will inevitably read along with you. And it's been shown that our minds wander 20-40% of the time while reading.
That means that while you’re reading your slides, your audience is distracted. They may be wondering if they’ve left the iron on or what they're having for dinner. And that’s not what you want them to be thinking about!
Keep the text of your slides short. Only use it to highlight important points you’re making or to mark the headlines of different sections of your presentation.
Your slides should never be a crutch to your presentation when you can’t remember what to say. And they should never contain more than a few lines of text on them.
Slides aren't for reading, but for emphasizing your points quickly.
8. Use Visuals to Ground Abstract Ideas
If you can’t use a million bullet points to summarize your presentation on your slides, then what should your slides contain?
Visuals! Lots of visuals!
Graphs, charts, and pies that illustrate your point and help emphasize it. Also, include images that make an impact on the audience and make the gist of your argument memorable.
There’s a difference between saying that your solution will cut costs by 20% and showing what that looks like on a graph with real numbers. It helps bring the idea from the abstract domain of theory into the concrete domain of facts.
And don’t just stick to traditional presentation visuals. This isn’t 1998, after all. Remember that cool presentation ideas today aren't the same as a decade ago.
Bring your presentation into the current era by including a variety of your visual elements. Using graphics, emojis, and even GIFs where appropriate will help give currency to your presentation and bring it to life.
Here’s one of our most popular PowerPoint templates, The X Note . It includes many innovative slide design options, from photo layouts, to timelines, and more:
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9. Highlight Important Points With Visual Metaphors
Visuals, whether emojis, graphics, or images, shouldn’t be used gratuitously in your presentation. Instead, everything you put into your slideshow should have a specific purpose.
A powerful way to use images is through visual metaphors. Don’t just tell your client that with your plan new followers will come to them like bees to honey. Illustrate it with an image to help the point stick in their mind.
Visual images of a situation we’re already familiar with help retain points longer in our memory. They give us something easy to refer to.
10. Make Your Examples Personal
Another creative presentation idea is to personalize your talk for the specific audience you’re talking to on each occasion. Whether for a prospective client, an audience at a conference, or a potential investor, you can always adjust and personalize your presentation experience to the specific audience.
Give examples in your presentation that involve the audience and show how your solution will benefit them.
People may not care (or may think they don’t care) about your solution or talk if it just discusses the general. As soon as people realize that something can directly affect and benefit them personally, they start paying attention!
Show your audience the direct effects of your presentation by including them in your examples. You’ll have their full attention and work your way halfway to that yes!
11. Use an On-Topic Template to Guide Your Presentation
Premium templates like those found on Envato Elements deliver unmatched style and content choices. Many focus on being flexible, offering the ability to quickly adapt to any topic.
Some of the most useful templates, though, take the opposite approach. These focus on a specific theme to offer creative ways to present a project.
Imagine for a moment you're launching a new mobile app. There are templates for that. Or perhaps you're opening a new restaurant and want to bring in customers. You're covered, thanks to custom templates.
The advantage here is two-fold:
- You'll find razor-focused slides built for your industry or specialty. These help you to brainstorm new PPT presentation ideas and share them in creative ways.
- These very same slides save you valuable time and effort. How? Well, you don't have to build custom layouts from scratch. The tedious art of slide design transforms into a quick drag-and-drop exercise.
In other words, you can plan and build your next creative presentation more quickly, all thanks to on-topic templates.
Even better: your audience will be “wowed” by focused layouts that look tailored for you.
12. Add Music!
This may not be common practice in most presentations you've seen, but it's been proven to work by science. According to research done by Ronald A. Berk of The John Hopkins University:
“Music embedded throughout a PowerPoint presentation can sustain attention, while slipping the content into long-term memory.”
And it isn’t new science! We’ve all known this for many decades. Case in point: can you think of how many movies you’ve seen in your lifetime that had no music? I ’ll give you a hint: Zero!
Ever since we discovered how to add sound to movies, we’ve not only been recording dialogue but also music from them. Because music helps set the mood, gives the right emotional effect, and adds excitement.
What's another way you can use music? To lighten up the mood and give everyone a mini dance break!
However you decide to use it, adding music can make for a really cool presentation that stands out in your audience’s mind.
So, try this innovative presentation idea and add the appropriate music to your next presentation to help bring it to life.
13. Don’t Go it Alone: Embrace Teams and Collaborate
Do you sometimes struggle to dream up unique topics for presentation use? You're not alone.
Nor should you be. Successful presentations are often fueled by collaboration. In other words, teamwork. There's no reason to do everything by yourself.
This can happen at any stage of the process, from brainstorming to the public delivery. By enlisting collaborators, your audience will enjoy the very best your team has to offer.
Suppose you've got a colleague who's a wizard with building amazing charts. Or you're presenting about a project and want your audience to hear from its architect. The possibilities for teamwork are endless.
Sometimes, it's great to add collaborators to break up the monotony. No matter how fabulous you are in front of a crowd, audiences may lose focus if you talk for too long. If you've got a lot to share, bringing in other voices helps them stay engaged.
Don't forget that you don't have to be in direct proximity to collaborate. With online team features, you can share files with others around the globe.
And even as you present, you can bring in other speakers with online tools like Zoom. In today's world, this is more powerful (and useful) than ever before.
14. Build for Big Rooms
As you explore unique topics for a presentation, it’s easy to get caught up in the big idea. But that should never distract you from key tactical details. Chances are, as you build your slides, you’re working on a single screen. That means you might forget that major PowerPoint presentations are delivered in large spaces.
What looks great on your screen may be impossible to read for a viewer standing in the back of a lecture hall. Or, your slide might be too crowded, just like we’ve already seen. The takeaway here is: always build presentations for big rooms .
That means to keep slides neat and clean, use large and readable fonts, and linger on each slide to give every viewer the chance to absorb it. No matter what presentation topics you’re discussing, taking your time helps audiences engage with your creative mission.
Also, explore contrast. Often, dark backgrounds and light text are more readable than the reverse.
As you can see in this slide from The X Note PowerPoint Template, contrast is easier on the eyes. It also delivers bold and unconventional styling to your slide deck! Truly, a win-win for you and your team.
Above all, make sure viewers can see and understand your inspirational presentation topics—even from a distance.
15. Watch Your Animations
Many presentation topics will include a lot of different slides. And each of those slides might hold several different types of content. Thanks to PowerPoint, it’s easy to add custom animations and transitions with a few clicks.
These motions really pull your audience in by unveiling new items with a cool flourish. Plus, they’ll help you bring focus to key areas and ensure viewers engage with you.
But be careful.
Opt for clean and simple movements that don’t detract from your narrative. Fades and pushes are top choices for stylish and simple animations.
It’s just as important to organize your animations. If they happen at the wrong time, or in the wrong order, it can absolutely derail your presentation in a flash. Luckily, this is amazingly easy to avoid. In fact, learn to do it in only 60 seconds with our quick tutorial!
16. Style With SmartArt
PowerPoint is built to bring your fun presentation ideas to life. One great way is by using SmartArt. We’ve already looked at some infographics and charts you may find built into PowerPoint templates. SmartArt takes this to a higher level. In a few clicks, you can build your very own custom infographics on any slide. Let’s add SmartArt to a slide.
SmartArt lives on the Insert tab on PowerPoint’s ribbon. You’ll find it under the Illustrations group. To add SmartArt, simply click on the button and launch the menu seen here.
You’ll see several creative categories for how to present ideas. These include:
Simply click on one, then fill in your relevant information. PowerPoint includes a host of built-in design options to help you fully customize your fun presentation ideas.
For example, you can add new steps to a process chart. Or you can change SmartArt colors to precisely match your branding.
Of course, like any slide feature, overusing SmartArt can distract. But, when used carefully, it’s a powerful tool to visualize relationships. Many infographics take a numerical focus, whereas SmartArt is more about ideas and how they connect with each other.
For more on using SmartArt, check out our post and screencast showing you exactly how to get started!
17. Turn to Videos to Add Interest
As you can already see, plain text is no way to inspire audiences to take action in 2022. It's essential to use other mediums, like photos, charts, infographics, and more.
One of these is video, and it's a category all its own. Have unique topics for presentation use? Bring them to life with video.
Imagine for a moment that you want viewers to hear from an expert on a given topic. Maybe they're unavailable to attend the presentation, or present live remotely. Here's your easy fix. Pre-record their narration and add it right to your slides.
Or perhaps you want to show off a scene that photos alone can't capture. Add a video to your slides. It instantly boosts audience interest - and it might give you a little break while they watch!
Your favorite presentation apps often include easy-to-use video features. In fact, you can add YouTube videos right to PowerPoint slides.
In-slide video is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s a great way to add a bit of flair to your next slide deck for 2022. Learn more below:
18. Align Objects
Design for persuasion, not distraction. Organize. Use visuals. All those are big creative presentation ideas we’ve already explored. But they don’t tell the full story.
Let’s build a slide in the Neo PowerPoint Template to show you what I mean.
See the slide below? It features a cool infographic and bold text blocks.
It’s also a mess. Nothing is aligned, and content is thrown all around the slide. Any self-respecting viewer will take a single look and recognize sloppy work when they see it. All it takes is a few clicks to totally transform the layout.
Alignment means what it says: pieces of content on the slide are neatly arranged relative to:
- the borders of the slide and
- other content.
As you can see here, changing this layout makes the very same slide instantly appear neat and clean. The audience will now focus on the content, not your messy style.
19. Create Quizzes
Quizzes can liven up a presentation and help engage your audience by adding a game like element. Many viewers will enjoy interacting with the quiz. But don't forget to make it fun.
A creative PowerPoint presentation idea is to create little quizzes throughout your presentation if it's long. If your presentation isn’t long, you can create a quiz at the end of your presentation.
Asking questions ensures that people listen to your presentation. If you're offering a prize to the quiz winner, tell the audience about the quiz and prize at the beginning of your presentation.
20. Pay Attention to Body Language
Body language is essential when giving your creative presentation. If you’re hiding behind a stand, then you look nervous.
But if you walk around on stage and engage the audience, you’ll look confident and knowledgeable. Learn more about body language in this tutorial:
21. Address Audience Questions
If your presentation topic is complicated, then let the audience to ask questions anonymously. This makes the audience feel heard and allows you to make sure they understand the topic.
Plus, letting the audience to anonymously ask questions takes the pressure off the individual audience member.
22. Turn to Props
A creative presentation idea is to use props. This works well if you aren’t presenting to a large audience.
Props can prove or reinforce a point. They'll make the presentation more interesting for your audience.
Besides, people are naturally more visual. So, using props allows them to visualize what you’re discussing.
23. Use Social Media
If your presentation audience is large, then it might be hard to do a quiz effectively.
If you use Twitter hashtags, you can read audience opinions to questions on Twitter. Just make sure you create a unique hashtag for your event.
24. Close Strong!
So, you’ve delivered an amazing presentation and shared stunning slides along the way. Now it’s time to wrap up with a strong finish.
No matter how good your slide deck, it’s absolutely key to recap and summarize at the end. After all, that’s one of the best ways to ensure retention and action.
There are a few things to keep in mind. Remember how you should organize your presentation into three clear points? It’s time to revisit those.
Highlight key points, touching on each one and briefly recapping how it fits into the message. This locks your message into memory. As you can see in this slide from our MILD PowerPoint Template, a single slide will do the trick.
These interesting presentation topics for work truly drove the entire slide deck. Give them the attention they deserve.
The other big element of a strong close is the call to action. Chances are, you’re sharing slides to get an audience reaction. If it’s simply to educate them, your three clear points will suffice. But if you’re, say, fundraising or recruiting, the close is where you ask the audience to do something.
The call to action follows all the normal rules you now know well. Make it clear, bold, and concise. Make your intentions known and make your pitch inspirational. Like any good cause, people need to believe in you and your message.
25. Share Your Slide Deck After Presenting
We began by talking about presentation topics and their goals. Whenever you present, you're trying to inform and/or persuade your audience.
Either way, you want them to take your message home with them to be remembered, considered, and acted upon.
Think of your favorite speeches, or the best presentations you've ever seen. Chances are, you remember a few key details be they quotes or memorable visuals.
In other words, no audience can be expected to remember everything. And if you expect them to take detailed notes, you'll find them falling more and more behind you.
Your solution is simple: share your slides after the presentation is over. This is now easier than ever.
You can upload slides to YouTube or share them in PDF format. It's digital, easy to access, and saves a few trees, too!
How to Come Up With Interesting PowerPoint Presentation Ideas (With Creative Examples)
Presentations have a place in nearly every environment. In this section, I'll share three of my favorite template options that give you fun PowerPoint presentation ideas. You'll see that there are templates for practically every purpose that you can use to launch your next presentation.
1. Educational and Scientific Topics
In the educational world, teachers and students alike put their presentation topics in PowerPoint presentations. When you're cramming for a presentation, you need creative presentation topics to be successful.
Check out these two articles with PowerPoint ideas for educational and scientific PPT presentation ideas:
2. Pitch Decks
Next, maybe you've heard of a pitch deck. This is a specific type of presentation that startups and founders use to launch a new company or business.
Your potential investors have likely already seen every idea under the sun. So, it helps to use creative presentation topics to frame your company differently. Try these templates show you how to present an idea for a new company:
3. Marketing Presentation Topics
Another popular arena for presenting creative presentation topics is in marketing PowerPoints. No matter what you're marketing, you can use these two resources to put together creative presentations with a solid approach:
For every presentation you build, using a template is one of the best ways to get creative presentation ideas. You'll find pre-built slides that spark the writing process.
How to Create Unique Topics For a Presentation
Still not inspired? It's possible to use techniques to generate interesting presentation topics for work.
Here are three tips that I use to generate presentation topics:
- Start with brainstorming . At first, you don't need to create structured ideas. A piece of paper and a pen away from your daily distractions can help you generate creative presentation topics. I typically start with a freeform mind map, connecting ideas that I want to share with my audience. Naturally, connections between these ideas will form and the story will develop naturally.
- Draw on personal experience . Not every presentation is personal in nature. But connecting the topic to your personal experience is a powerful storytelling tool. Think about how your personal story connects to the topic to generate creative presentation ideas.
- Take an unconventional view . Even if it isn't your personal view, thought-provoking presentations sometimes take unconventional views. You don't have to take a controversial topic to take an unconventional view. Instead, take a commonly accepted belief and challenge it to get creative.
Dig deep and you might be surprised how many creative presentation topics you might be able to generate. Creative presentation topics are easier to generate when you use this three-step approach.
How to Quickly Customize Creative Presentations That Inspire (In 2022)
Premium templates are one of the best creative ways to present a project. They’re quick and easy to use and deliver inspiring results. Let’s learn how to customize a slide deck to bring presentation topics to life.
Want to follow along? Start crafting creative ways to present a project with the help of Momentum from Envato Elements.
Let's get started:
1. Choose Slides to Work With
As you think about unique topics for presentation designs, it pays to consider your goal. That means choosing only the slides that work best for your idea. In PowerPoint, find the View tab, then click on Slide Sorter .
Here, you can click on slides and drag them around to change up the sequence. Or you can hold down Shift on your keyboard and select those that you don’t want to use. Then, press Delete . Once you’re finished, click Normal on the View tab to start editing.
2. Add Your Text
Adding your own text is the best place to start. Slide decks like this include an array of text placeholders. All you have to do is “fill in the blanks” - replacing the existing text with words of your own.
Begin by highlighting any text you see on a slide. Then, start typing. Repeat throughout the slide deck as needed.
3. Customize Fonts
You might not think of text when you imagine creative, inspiring presentation topics. But it’s really one of the best ways to stand out! Any font can be changed, resized, or customized with things like bolds and underlines, along with different colors.
To do that, select some text on the slide. Then, on the Home tab, find the Fonts group just left of center. You’ll see an array of buttons for every text effect and font change imaginable. Click on each to explore and apply.
4. Show Off Your Photos
Of all the creative ways to present a project, adding images is at the top of the list. And custom PPT themes like this make it easy. Many slides include pre-built image placeholders.
To use one, simply browse to an image file on your computer. Then, drag it over the placeholder, and drop it into place. That’s all it takes. PowerPoint imports the image and adds it to your slide. What’s more: it’s scaled to fit perfectly.
5. Change Shape Colors
Most templates are going to have a default color palette. They look great, but you don’t have to stick to them on every slide. In fact, changing a shape color is a creative way to add contrast.
Click on a shape, then choose Shape Format on the menu. On the left side, click Shape Fill . You’ll see a color chooser drop-down, from which you can apply any custom color that you want.
5 Top Creative PowerPoint Presentation Template Designs for 2022
Want to bring your presentation topics to life? Turn to these five templates that are trending on Envato Elements. They’re the best out there for creative presentations today:
1. Rotario Creative PowerPoint
Need a winning way to explore unique topics for presentation decks? Rotario is ready for you. With a retro color theme and minimalist style, it’s one of the best ways to share your favorite content. In total, there are 35 slides included.
2. Inspiring PowerPoint Presentation Template
Inspire your audience with this powerful presentation deck for PPT. Over 70 unique slides feature every type of layout conceivable. Light and dark versions help you choose a color palette that’s right every time. Plus, you’ll benefit from included vector icons and many aspect ratios. It’s versatile, flexible, and easy to use.
3. Lakewood Professional PowerPoint Template
For business presentation topics, you can still be creative and inspire your audience. In fact, inspiration may lead to funding, support for your projects, and more. Let Lakewood do the talking for you, in elegant and readable style. It includes a full set of infographics and diagrams to help bring data to life.
4. Halogue - Creative PowerPoint Presentation
With unmatched style and funky graphics, Halogue is a top creative choice for 2022. Over 40 slides center around master layouts, making bulk edits a breeze. A unique custom icon pack lets you bring new life to every slide. In fact, each design element is totally customizable. This gives you the ultimate creative control.
5. Reddo Modern PowerPoint
Think all the creative ways to present a project involve bright, flashy slides? Think again. Reddo proves the opposite, delivering a sleek and beautiful slide deck for your next project. You’ll find 120 layouts inside, some featuring modern infographics, Excel-based charts, and more. It’s a fashionable way to make that great first impression.
More Creative PowerPoint Templates
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Make Your Next Presentation Memorable!
Simply presenting the facts makes for a baseline presentation. To impress, convince, and convert your audience with your presentation you’ll need to build some structure and excitement into your talk both verbally and visually.
Take advantage of these creative ideas for making your presentation better.
For even more ideas on how to improve your presentation, check out this article featuring presentation tips or browse through our featured presentation material :
How do you structure and design your presentations? And what will you do differently in your next presentation given these unique presentation ideas?
Use these creative presentation ideas now. Download a template. And start your next great presentation today!
Editorial Note : This tutorial was originally published in September of 2016. It's been updated to include new information—with special help from Andrew Childress and Sarah Joy .
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7 Presentation Ideas for Every Presenter
Don’t worry I know that feeling but thankfully there are some things you can do to help relieve some stress and get some good content added to those slides of yours. Perhaps it’s a few tips with regards to designing your slides, maybe it’s what you can do to be a memorable speaker, or it could be something that will help nudge you in the right direction.
Well, today is your lucky day because no matter what bit of advice you may need we have put together this list of presentation ideas that are designed to help you design great slides , connect with your audience, and avoid any awkward or worrying silences. However, if you want a more comprehensive deep dive into presenting to an audience, you can check out our free public speaking course !
What makes a great presentation?
First of all, remember that ‘great’ will mean different things to different people. Have a goal in mind when it comes to your presentation, something that you can achieve. This is how you can define what a ‘great’ presentation is. Realistically, I can’t do that for you because I don’t know what you are going to present. But here are some examples of goals you can set that are both big and small.
- I want everyone to pay attention for the majority of my talk.
- I want to be entertaining and have people laughing and enjoying the show.
- I want my audience to take part in this presentation and interact with me.
- I want to teach people today and have them retain important information.
- I want people to come up to me at the end of this presentation with questions.
- I want 85% of my audience to fill out the survey I will send out at the end.
- I want to come across as confident and calm.
You may also have multiple goals and objectives for each presentation you run.
Feel free to define what a ‘great’ presentation would mean to you so feel free to adjust these as needed or just use them as inspiration.
What are some good presentation ideas?
Ok, so what are some good ideas that can help you achieve everything you want? Well here is the complete list, and don’t worry this isn’t a list of 100+ ideas that will take you weeks upon weeks to read through. These are a few ideas you can take inspiration from without the need to read a full novel.
Let your audience take part
Get started with a template , run a quiz or competition, add in some multimedia, use breaks and pauses, use technology to your advantage.
- Put some time into the design
You hold the mic (or control the Zoom call) but your audience plays a key role in this whole process. Might as well put them to work and get them involved in your presentation where applicable. This can be done by introducing some interactive elements like icebreakers or polls. Silence is so often a speaker's greatest enemy; we fear the moment we ask a question we will be met with deathly silence.
So don’t let that happen. Interact with them early on in your presentation so that when you need them to take part they are ready and willing. What’s more, having your guests take part in the proceedings can take some burden off of your shoulders but also provide you with some other forms of inspiration.
Getting started is usually the hardest part. Writing intros, opening lines, and overviews can often be the most time-consuming part of the process. But that need not be the case when it comes to presentations. No matter your preferred presentation software, most should offer a range of templates that can help you get over the hump and let you get started with ease.
Templates will take many design elements and how the presentation will look out of the equation. Many online tools will also have prefilled slides that can help you come up with the content also. Like I mentioned before, you don’t need to use these templates as they are designed and you can, of course, put your spin on them; that being said they will certainly save you some time at the outset.
Here's a simple icebreaker you can use right away!
Where Are You From?
A presentation, in a nutshell, is a test of how well you can hold people’s attention. In an ideal world, you will captivate them and have them hanging on every word and engrossed in every slide. That sad truth is our attention spans aren’t all that long, and they may actually be shorter nowadays than ever before . That being said you can use this to your advantage and structure your presentation in a way that can keep people hooked throughout.
We need breaks and pauses to regain or focus and rest before we try to process even more information. Informative presentations that are dense with details can cause people to drift in and out no matter how fascinating the topic in question is. Many experts estimate that the average attention span is about 20 minutes, so consider breaking things up into 20-minute blocks followed by a short pause.
The pause doesn’t need to be that long, just let people take a moment to let their minds wander or to digest the previous little mini session. If your session is quite long then consider a small ‘intermission’ in the middle. Theaters do this, so why not you?
We mentioned above the challenge of keeping people’s attention. While breaks and pauses are an ideal way to do this, doing something a bit more fun change of pace can have the same benefits. Likewise, varying the content of your presentation will have to make it more memorable and quizzes should guarantee some level of engagement. In one fell swoop, you can achieve a multitude of things.
If you need your audience to retain information - perhaps it’s a lecture or corporate training session - running a quiz can be a great way to hammer home learnings. Moreover, following your presentation, you use the quiz and its results to see if there were elements of your presentation that may need clarification or if there was a specific point where concentration levels dropped off.
Different groups consume information differently - that’s just a fact. Many prefer to watch videos rather than read step-by-step guides. Varying the stimulus involved in your presentation will also help to make it a more dynamic experience for the audience. Adding in infographics, images, and videos will lessen the burden on you to type everything out and read everything.
Considering adding in some audio elements too - meaning guests won’t just have to listen to you throughout the presentation. This can be another way to focus people’s attention and provide a different stimulus than just words on a slide.
We are all (or mostly all) borderline obsessed with our smartphones. Many presenters are thus fearful of seeing numerous people looking down and scrolling while they speak. There is a tendency to think you’ve done something wrong and that they are more interested in browsing Instagram or answering emails.
But why not just use this obsession to your advantage? People are going to look at their phones whether you like it or not so might as well get them a reason to! Perhaps they can vote on your presentation with their phone or look up some additional material while you are speaking.
Put some time into the design
White PowerPoint slides with black Arial font. We’ve all been there, seen that, and slowly felt our eyes glaze over. Now when I say that you should put some time into a design I don’t mean you need to spend hours and hours on it. Many presentation tools will provide users with built-in themes or designs.
On this topic, if you are looking for design help or things to avoid then best go to some design experts online but just remember to ditch the white background and Comic Sans!
How can I spice up my presentation?
So we have some of our top presentation ideas for you there, but what else can you do to add an extra bit of flair, or something to just make your slides memorable? Well, a combination of these tips should do the trick but we have found that making your audience a part of the presentation is the most effective.
Think about it! Out of all the bad presentations you’ve witnessed in person, how many of those features a completely silent crowd with a speaker that droned on and on? Exactly, the vast majority. Thankfully there is a growing market of more interactive presentation tools and software out there that are sure to avoid any deaths by PowerPoint .
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No matter the audience size, great presentation skills are vital. Here are my 10 favorite presentation ideas so you can level-up your presentation skills.
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How to prepare for a presentation, save the best for last (and first), change modalities, create interactivity, get a public speaking role model, how to design presentation slides, get creative with color, fonts matter, how to deliver with exceptional presentation skills.
- Don't Over Rehearse
Work the Stage
End with an exhale, bonus: 15 science-backed presentation skills.
Need a few presentation ideas to make your presentation great? A good presentation needs to be engaging, memorable, and impactful.
Whether you’re speaking to 10 people or 10,000 people, you need to have sparks. Here are my 10 favorite presentation ideas you can try to level-up your presentation skills.
Use this step-by-step guide to get your message across clearly and confidently, with some presentation ideas you might not have heard before.
Let’s start with your presentation preparation. Writing, brainstorming, researching, and organizing your presentation is key.
The very first thing you should do when preparing for a presentation is to write down all of your ideas, points, examples, and case studies. I highly recommend using flash cards, but you also can use slides. Put one idea per slide or card. This will make it easy to move your presentation ideas around.
For example, here are some of the cards I used to organize my TEDx talk :
Next, you have to put your presentation ideas in the correct order. Many presenters make the mistake of going chronologically, burying their most important points in the middle of a presentation. This is a mistake!
Most of us remember the first and last parts of a presentation the most.
This is the serial-position effect – the tendency of people to remember the first and last items in a series the most clearly.
Presentation Mistake: Starting off with something too basic, such as background or foundational information, before you get into the heart of your presentation. A slow start means a bad first impression and a less memorable message overall.
A strong start and end has marked every important speech throughout history.
Here is Martin Luther King’s powerful opening line from his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech:
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Here are the inspiring closing words of Malala Yousafzai’s address to the United Nations:
One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First.
How to start a presentation:
Always start a presentation with an interesting hook or captivating message . Look at all of your presentation ideas and pick out your strongest points. Here are some ideas on how to start your presentation:
- Do you have a sparkling one-liner or question to hook people in?
- Do you have a captivating story you can kick-off with?
- Can you make people laugh?
- Do you have an interesting fact that will make people curious about what you are going to say next?
How to end a presentation:
One of the best presentation ideas is to always end a presentation with the one take-away you want people to remember.
- What’s your big idea?
- What’s an action step you want your audience to take?
- What’s the most important point you want your audience to remember?
- Can you express gratitude to your audience?
Re-organize your cards so you start on a high and end on an important take-away. You will notice in my TEDx talk I start with an interesting, funny one-liner about myself and end with a powerful take-away and audience compliment:
Get even more public speaking tips with our related resources:
- How to Start a Speech: The Best (and Worst) Speech Openers
- 6 Public Speaking Apps to try Before Your Next Presentation
- My Top 5 Favorite Public Speakers
- 15 Science-Based Public Speaking Tips To Become a Master Speaker
- How to Give Captivating Presentations
- How to Give an Awesome Toast
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Studies by educational researchers suggest that up to 83 percent of human learning occurs visually, while the Social Science Research Network reports that 65 percent of people are visual learners.
Presentation Mistake: Delivering your entire presentation in one modality — all spoken, with very few visual or interactive elements.
People usually only retain 10 perecent of the information they receive in an oral presentation – when it’s just someone talking at them – but 65 percent from a presentation that includes visuals.
Think about how you can incorporate graphs, photographs, or illustrations as visual aids to demonstrate your point and support your main message.
Have you heard the cliche ‘Show, don’t tell’? Think about how you can illustrate some of your main points or ideas with different modalities. Every modality is a different way to explain your point. Modality ideas:
- How can you explain your concept with words?
- Is there a graphic that can help support your point?
- What visual would help someone understand your idea?
- Is there a video example you can show?
- Can you demo your concepts?
- Can you ask your audience members to try out, discuss, or brainstorm a concept from your presentation?
It’s also important to try to avoid putting huge chunks of unbroken text up on the screen like it’s a Star Wars prologue, or going through large portions of your presentation without refreshing your visuals.
One of the best ways to improve your presentation skills is involving your audience in interesting and unique ways. Most presenters think about the audience as listeners and forget they can be a critical part of your success as a presenter.
Presentation Mistake: Your audience members should not be passive listeners. They should be active partners in getting your message across.
It is estimated the average person’s attention span starts drifting within minutes of a presentation beginning The best way to keep your audience engaged is to involve them!
You can involve your audience in numerous ways. Here are a few ideas:
- Icebreakers. If you have a group that wants to get to know each other, or you want to loosen up your audience, try starting off with a non-awkward icebreaker .
- ‘Raise your hand’ questions. A great way to take the audience’s temperature is asking a simple yes or no question and having people raise their hands. This is a nice easy one for introverts because people can stay in their seats.
- ‘Table’ questions. If your participants are sitting at tables, or easily can get into small groups, assign a question or idea and have the small groups host discussions.
- Social media voting. You can ask people to hop onto a social media hashtag or use vote texting to poll the audience.
- Partner brainstorms. I frequently ask my audiences to partner up and discuss an idea, role play, or practice something. You also can assign a conversation starter to help people get to know each other.
- Role playing. If you need to demo something, consider having audience members come up to role play an idea.
- Question & answers. The simplest and most common kind of interaction is a simple question and answer session. These can be done during a presentation, after or before a break, or at the very end.
- Audience case studies. One great way to demonstrate a concept is having someone from the audience come up to be a case study. I sometimes do this during my body language presentations . I have someone come up to give their elevator pitch and we fix their body language so the group can see.
A great example of interactivity comes from game designer Jane McGonigal, who involves her audience in her new app by getting them to do some low-key aerobics at around 12:41 – 14:07 in her TED Talk.
The more fun and unique the interactivity, the better!
Sometimes it helps to look at other amazing presenters and learn from them. I constantly am looking for great public speakers.
I think everyone should have a public speaking role model. This is someone who speaks like you — with your energy, your pace, your desired presence. For example, I speak very conversationally, but also love quoting science. Brené Brown is one of my public speaking role models.
Here are 5 of my favorite public speakers who might inspire you as well:
Design really matters when it comes to a presentation. Think about your key message. — Are you empowering people to be more confident? Are you selling a fantastic new product? Are you pitching an idea to a panel of judges? Use your key message to guide your design decisions.
How would you feel if your entire bedroom was painted luminous pink? Or if hospital gowns were black? It is likely these color choices would make you feel a bit uncomfortable. According to various studies , this is because people associate certain colors with certain environments and moods.
Incorporating this interesting aspect of psychology in your presentations can help express your message by using color as an emotional cue.
Presentation Mistake: Not aligning colors with your message.
Here is a simple breakdown of colors and their meanings:
Here are some ways you can use color in your presentation:
- Is your niche associated with a certain color scheme? For example, medical typically is associated with white (think white lab coat). The environment typically is associated with green. Can you match your industry OR do you want your product/idea/service to be associated with a certain industry? For example, if you are presenting on architecture and how you can be more green in your building materials, you can use green to subtly associate your content with the environment.
- Color intensity should match your energy. If you feel bold and strong, you should use bold and strong colors. Light or neutral colors are more muted and less intense. Use the color intensity to match your intensity.
- Use a color theory. If you really want to go crazy on color, I highly recommend diving into color strategy resources for how to choose colors that complement each other.
No matter what colors you use, be sure you are consistent! Unless your presentation is about rainbows — don’t use all the colors of the rainbow.
Just like colors, people also are influenced by typography . Consider how you want to come across to your audience, and choose a font based on this message.
A traditional serif font works great for authoritative presentations, such as pitches or presenting your findings from a scientific study at a conference . Typography is so influential to an audience that research suggests people are more likely to agree with sentences that are written in Baskerville.
On the other hand, an elegant script font is more friendly, which works best for more informal presentations.
No presentation can be improved by Comic Sans under any circumstances.
Think about how your message, tone, and theme could be improved by your font choices. Again, remember to be consistent – don’t change your fonts from slide to slide!
All kinds of apps can help you prep for your presentation. From practicing to tempo to getting rid of “ums”.
Here are 6 of my favorite public speaking apps :
So, you’ve written the perfect talk and designed your slides magnificently. Now comes the tricky bit – actually standing in front of an audience, and delivering your presentation. Here are some of the best ways to make sure it goes without a hitch.
Don’t Over Rehearse
When you’re anxious about a presentation, it can be tempting to just read a script, memorize your lines, and get off stage as soon as possible. However, this can kill your vocal charisma! Monotonous speaking is one of the fastest ways to disengage your audience. The best way to keep someone listening is by using vocal variety.
A study analyzing 100,000 presentations revealed that just a 10 percent increase in vocal variety can greatly impact your audience’s attention!
Presentation Mistake: We are very good at vocal variety in conversation, but once we hit the stage we can sometimes over formalize our speech or sound too rehearsed.
How can you add vocal variety? Try these ideas:
- As you practice your presentation, experiment with pitch, volume, and speed. Try including some dramatic pauses, or slowing down the most important messages and emphasizing the key words.
- Warm-up your voice with some of my favorite vocal warm-ups :
- One of the best ways to do this is to inject emotion into your presentation . Studies have shown that emotions capture an audience’s attention. Reflect the emotions of your story by using pitch, volume, and speed to express yourself.
- A great way you can try for vocal variety is pretending you are speaking to an old friend. It’s as if you are having a conversation from the stage.
Quantum physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili is an incredible example of an animated and energetic presenter. Between 2:12 and 3:15, he speeds up with excitement and enthusiasm when he talks about the importance of artificial intelligence. Then slows to a more considered pace to drive home his main message in the sentences following.
Most presenters completely forget about the stage or the space where they present. Use of space can be a great and unique way to emphasize parts of your presentation.
Most people don’t realize that the way we command our use of space can signal our perceptions and mindsets.
If you command your stage, it looks like you have command of your material.
Our use of space and contexts is often a reflection of our inner thoughts and moods. And this is directly related to the audience’s perception of how well you know your content. Even if you know your content well, if you don’t know how to use the space, this can signal low competence or low confidence in your work.
For example, if a speaker enters the stage, goes behind the podium and stands small and tight, this can signal to the audience that the speaker thinks or feels nervous or closed-off. On the other hand, if a speaker enters the stage with no notes, open body language and works the entire space, it signals to the viewer that this speaker feels comfortable and this translates to comfort with the content.
In People School I offer a full tutorial of how to work a stage . See a sneak preview here:
This might seem like a silly presentation trick, but it is a tiny cue that goes a long way.
When we exhale it does three important things:
- It forces us to pause, which creates drama and helps us add more vocal variety when we continue.
- It encourages us to breathe and brings in more oxygen, which helps us think and speak more clearly.
- It relaxes our vocal chords so we can speak with more resonance.
When it comes to presentations most people think about what they want to deliver, not how they want to deliver it. How you deliver your message is just as important.
It’s important for you to find your maximum resonance point. Here is a full tutorial:
Harnessing the power of the exhale is also a great way to stop yourself from peppering your presentation with ‘um’ and ‘er’. It takes some practice, but i f you can end your sentences on a complete exhalation, it will stop you from rambling.
The exhale also creates a natural pause for you to gather your next thought. It might sound difficult, but you can practice the exhale by reading out loud and paying attention to your breathing. Print out a script of your speech and add a highlight when you want to take a large exhale.
These presentation ideas will help make your presentation great — but they are just the start. Read our full guide for 15 science-backed public speaking tips to really be an expert-level speaker.
With these tips in mind, take another look at your presentation. Identify the weakest points, practice until it feels natural, and make these habits second nature. Every time you do your presentation, you will feel stronger and more confident .
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350+ Presentation Topics That Will Appeal to Any Audience
A presentation can be nerve-wracking, may it be for first-timers or pros, as you must turn a critical issue into a dynamic, persuasive, and informative one. Before you enhance your oratory skills and overcome your fear of public speaking , you must first brainstorm excellent fun topics for your presentation.
When doing a presentation, you cannot start a thing without coming up with a presentation topic . It is harder to find the best subject than preparing the lecture itself as you need to be specific about the topic you want to present.
Besides oratory skills and PowerPoint mastery, you need to have informative and fun topics for presentations that can influence the audience. Watch this and get more ideas about informative topics:
One of the best ways to nail a presentation is to choose the best presentation topics that fit your expertise and target audience.
How to Choose a Good Topic
If you want to create an informative speech or lecture, choosing the best one out of informative presentation topics can be daunting and confusing. Here are some considerations that you must know.
- Purpose. Deciding your goal determines what you want your audience to bring after your talk, especially for persuasive presentation topics. Here is a video on various topics about persuasion:
- Audience. Always consider your audience’s demographic profiles and common ground when choosing presentation topics and connect them with their interests, beliefs, social and cultural backgrounds.
- Interests. Determine what presentation topic ideas you are most passionate about, and you know the most. Interesting topics for presentation give a head start upon your research phase, ensuring a well-received discussion for the audience. Get useful guides on how to keep your audience interested in this video:
- Credibility. To convince your audience about the pieces of information that you will discuss, choosing a credible and well-backed lecture is another plus.
- Conciseness . From 12 seconds in 2000, humans’ average attention span decreased to eight seconds in 2017. Thus, being concise is another essential factor in choosing presentation topics, as having a wordy title can confuse or intimidate your potential audience.
Tips on Turning a Boring Topic into an Engaging Presentation
You might have been feeling dejected as you had to prepare for a talk with no fun topics for presentation. It is hard to turn psychology discussions into engaging ones, knowing that this field has jargon and cases that can make your lecture dull.
However, instead of blaming your subject for being boring, avoid being dull instead. Here are some tips on turning a boring topic into an interactive one.
What are the Good Topics to Present in a Speech?
Now that you have skimmed through the tips and ways in choosing fun topics for presentation, making a speech on time needs a good presentation topic. Out of random presentation topics, here are some prominent ones that might give you some ideas.
Interesting Presentation Topics
- Ancient Greek Heroes Modern Interpretation
- Antidepressants and Its Effects on Human Brain
- How Bad Nutrition Affects a Person’s Appearance
- Traces of Romanticism in Well-known English Literature
- Influences of Music in Mental Health
- How Religion and Politics Blend Within a State
- Most Famous and Nerve-wracking Novels, Books, and Plays
- How Traditional Herbs Gets Approved
- Effects of Being a Polyglot
- Being Productive During Pandemic
Good Presentation Topics
- Disney Films’ Most Famous Actresses
- How Media Affects Gender Stereotypes Portrayal
- How Beauty Contests Affects Women’s Self-esteem
- Differences Between Religion and Cult
- Gambling Effects on Human’s Mental Health
- Most Authoritative Politicians and Political Parties
- Ways to Improve the Health Systems
- Preparation and Prevention Against Natural Disasters
- Ways to Alleviate Insomnia
- How to Build Good Relationship Between Children and Pets
5-Minute Presentation Topics
- Best Apps to Improve Academic Performance
- Airport First-timers: Step-by-step Instructions
- Easy-to-make Breakfast Recipes
- How to Avoid Procrastination
- Making Money During Holidays
- How Social Media Lowers Self-esteem
- Working Remotely: Pros and Cons
- Best Online Business and Professions
- Why Trust Your Intuition
- Reasons to Learn Foreign Languages
Fun Topics for Presentation
- How Rock ‘n Roll Started
- Rare and Expensive Coffee Types
- Best Self-development Books for Teens
- Choosing a Specialty in College
- Secrets of a Healthy Relationship
- Benefits of Art Therapy
- How Journalists and Bloggers Differ From Each Other?
- The Origin of Languages
- Evolution of Artificial Intelligence
- Makeup Life Hacks and Tips
Safety Presentation Topics
- Common Mistakes in General Safety
- Dealing with Ergonomic and Workplace Stress
- Coronavirus Precautionary Measures
- How to Deal with Violence
- Fire and Electrical Safety
- Reportage, Prevention, and Liabilities in Workplace Accidents
- Safety Precautions Against Heat Exhaustion
- Common Workplace Injuries
- Communication Issues and Safety
- Emergency Response Efficiency
Easy Presentation Topics
- Adverse Effects of GMOs on Health and Life
- Effective Ways to Improve Old People’s Health System
- Most Iconic Censorship on Social Media
- Most Prominent Female Political Leaders of All Time
- How to Avoid Being Late
- Globalization and Its Effects on World Population
- Smiling Therapy Positive Effects on Mental Health
- Advancement of 3D Printing and Its Benefits
- How Music Helps in Learning New Languages
- Dealing with Child Prodigies
Controversial Speech Topics
Controversies are all around us, especially online resources. Finding a controversial topic must fit your passion and knowledge; otherwise, it might negatively impact your discussion.
Controversial Leadership Topics for Presentation
- LGBTQ Rights
- Abortion: Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life
- Benefits of Multiculturalism in a Society
- Security and Privacy Concerns about Electronic Voting
- Gun Control Laws and Limits
- Journalism Ethics and Corruption
- Euthanasia Vs. Right to Live
- Death Penalty Pros and Cons
- How Mandatory Minimum Penalties Impact Federal Sentencing
- Torture as an Interrogation Tactic
- Electoral College Abolishment
- Is World Peace Possible?
- Same-sex union
- Lowering Criminal Liability Age
- Banning Animal Experimentation
- High Taxation Rates
- Freedom of Speech and Its Restrictions
- Embargo and Censorship: What to be Publicize
- Insanity Plea as an Excuse
- Tobacco Regulation
Controversial Topics for Teenagers
- Hookup Culture and Its Impact on Teens
- Bullying and Cyberbullying
- Banning of Pornography in E-libraries
- Causes of Depression and Other Mental Illness in Teens
- Teen Suicide Liability
- Prohibition of Gambling for Teens
- How to Educate Teens About Drugs
- Dealing with Eating Disorders in Teens
- When Should Teens Start to Vote
- How Parents Should Deal Teens’ Romantic Relationship
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education
- Health Impacts of Fast-Food for Teens
- How Being a Fan Impact Teens
- Possibility of Living on Mars
- Why Media Literacy Important for Teenagers
- How Teenagers Can Fight Top Environmental Problems
- Dealing with Diversity in School
- Military Recruitment on Campus
- Pros and Cons of School Uniform and Dress Code
- Plan B Contraception Access for Minors
What are Some Presentation Ideas for School?
For school purposes, you must find informative but fun topics for presentation as students have a lesser attention span than adults. Here are the presentation topics for academic and educational causes.
Science Topics for Presentation
For students and teachers in technical educational institutions, science presentation topics are among the most in-demand discussions. Here are some ideas to help you out.
Physics Topics for Presentation
- Is Physics Based on Theory or Practice
- Why We Need to Study Physics
- Newton’s Third Law as the Universal Formula
- Why Every Student Needs to Learn Physical Formula
- Is Physics Dependent on Math and Science or Vice Versa
- Why Physics Necessary for Knowledge Testing
- How to Deal with Difficulties in Physics Lesson
- Most Important Topics in Physics
Chemistry Topics for Presentation
- Why Alchemists Seeks Philosopher’s Stone
- Chemists Who Are Nobel Prize Awardees
- How Chemical Weapons Become Main Threat for War
- How to Choose Quality Water
- Making a Kid Interested in Chemistry
- Hair Biochemistry and Its Process
- Effects of Lack of Chemical Elements in a Human Body
- Safety Precautions for Chemical Products
Biology Topics for Presentation
- How the Future Lies in Crossroads of Biological Sciences
- How to Avoid Harmful GMO Foods
- Secrets of Centenarians
- Allergic Reactions Caused by Dust
- Can a Person Survive Without Clean Drinking Water
- How Sports and Nutrition Determine Human Health
- Vaccination and Its Effect on Genotype
- Best Houseplants for Air Purification
Geology Topics for Presentation
- Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions as Causes of Dynamic Geology
- Geomorphology: Intersection of Geography and Geology
- Space Geology in the Field of Cosmology and Planetology
- Geological Timeline from Solid Formation to the Holocene Era
- Geological Events Absolute and Relative Age
- Methods and Principles of Geology
- Geodynamics: The Relationship of the Earth’s Core and Crust Processes
- Microstructural Geology: Micro-Level Rock Deformation
Astronomy Topics for Presentation
- Differences Between Astronomy and Astrology
- The Possibility of Life on Mars
- History and Discovery of Milky Way Galaxy
- Does Astronomy Only Study Stars?
- Astronomy as a Separate Subject in School
- Reasons Why Fewer Entrants ChoAstronomynomy
- What Happens If the Sun Died?
- Why Our Future Depends on Astronomical Studies
Technological Science Topics for Presentation
- How Technology Improves Living Standards
- Technology and Its Effect on Cancer Treatment
- How Cybercriminals Use Technology
- Benefits and Threats of Artificial Intelligence
- Saving Time on Internet Technology Usage
- Technological Evolution from the Middle Ages to Present
- Diffusion Rate of Technology in Developing Countries
- Taking a Break from the Internet
Multimedia Science Topics for Presentation
- Multimedia Features and Classification
- Creating with Multimedia Presentation
- Features of Online Multimedia
- Benefits of Multimedia in Business
- Usage of Multimedia in Computer Games
- How to Create Training Courses Using Multimedia
- Becoming a Multimedia Specialist
- Multimedia and Its Relation to Science
Cultural and Social Presentation Topic Ideas
This aspect mostly concerns psychology and sociology students. Here are some fun topics for presentations that you can check out.
- Culture and Traditions of Native Americans
- How History Connects with Culture
- How Cultural Knowledge Increases Chances of Success
- Identifying Emigrants by Cultural Characteristics
- Why Students Need to Learn About Culture
- Importance of Cultural Appreciation
- Pros and Cons of Diversified Culture
- Best Sociology Books for Starters
- Sociology and Its Express Research
- Empirical Research
- Causes of Social Phenomena
- Mathematical Methods in Sociology
- Social Trends Analysis and Development Patterns
- How to Collect Sociological Information
- Becoming a School President
- Why a President Needs Leadership Skills
- Ways to Raise a Child as a Leader
- Is Leadership an Innate Skill or Result of Experiences?
- Responsibilities of a Leader
- How Family Relationships Affect One’s Leadership Skills
- Winning a Leadership Scholarship
- How Individual Differs from Social Ethics?
- Politics and International Relations Ethical Principles
- Ethical Communication Rules in Social Media
- Business Ethics and Relationships
- Why Learn Etiquette Knowledge
- Ethical Issues on Famous Artworks
- Knowing About Corporate Ethics
What are Some Presentation Ideas for Healthcare?
There are many physical and mental health topics for school and other conferences , but having fun topics for presentations is essential to make your lecture less complicated. Here are some of the presentation topics that might suit your interest.
Psychology Topics for Presentation
- The Need for Psychologists in Kindergarten
- Best Universities for Psychology
- Choosing a Suitable Psychologist
- Outcasts Children: Psychology Victim
- Psychological State and Its Effects on Productivity
- When Do You Need a Psychologist
- Can a Person with Mental Disorder Become a Psychologist?
Mental Health Topics for Presentation
- Mental Fatigue: Causes of Failure
- Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health
- Recognizing and Avoiding the Onset of Depression
- Causes of Mental Health Disorders
- How Physical Affects Mental Health and Vice Versa
- Dealing With Mental Breakdowns
- How Music Improves Mental Health
Health Topics for Presentation
- Why Do Pharmacies Sell Over-the-counter Medicines?
- How Allergic Reaction Works
- Sports that Can Improve Health in a Month
- Signs of Bad Immunity System
- Legalization of Marijuana
- Centenarians Secret to Good Health
- Healthy Habits Before Exams
Nutrition Topics for Presentation
- The Necessity of Reading a Product’s Composition
- Nutrition Effects on Skin Condition
- Determining Necessary Ratio of Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates
- Tips for Restrictive Eating Disorders
- How Sports Nutrition Can Be Dangerous
- Why Being a Nutritionist a Good Career Choice
- Why Quality Nutrition Determines One’s Success
- Nursing Career and Its Growth
- Critical Moments on Painkillers Usage
- Patient Safety During Nursing
- Patient safety during nursing
- Career Growth in Nursing
- The use of painkillers: critical moments
- Health Assessment: What to Check
- Features of caring for patients with mental disorders
- Postoperative patient care
- Features internships and practices for nurses
Dental Presentations Ideas
- Teeth Processes for Babies
- Molar Extraction Process
- Wisdom Tooth: Necessary or Not?
- How Chewing Gum Affects Tooth Enamel
- Causes and Treatment for Oral Cancer
- Diet for Braces
- How to Call an Ambulance
- Dealing With Addiction
- Highly Addictive Medical Drugs that You Don’t Realize
- Primary Stab Wound Treatment
- When a Surgery Becomes Necessary
- Traditional, Alternative, and Modern Medicines
- Preventing Sport Injuries
- Insomnia Treatment With No Pills
- Anti-aging Pills: When to Avoid It
- Why Go or Reject Posthumous Donation
- Euthanasia and Its Effect on Suicide Rate
- How to Avoid Child Obesity
- Pros and Cons of GMOs
- Diverse Way to Improve Healthcare
- The Need for Legal Framework on Plastic Surgery Regulations
What are Some Presentation Ideas for Business and Management?
Finding business presentation topics is more difficult as you have to show in-depth knowledge regarding your chosen idea. Here are some of the presentation topics that you can check out.
How a Good Topic Helps on Public Speaking (SECS Elements)
Having the right choice of presentation topics can help meet the Sincerity, Enthusiasm, Confidence , and Simplicity (SECS) public speaking elements due to these reasons:
- A good topic can make you sincere in communicating with your audience.
- Fun topics for presentations can also increase the audience’s enthusiasm.
- Fun topics for presentations also give you confidence as it lessens awkwardness.
- The right topic makes your presentation concise, straightforward, and informative at the same time.
Presentation topics are the key to a successful lecture, bringing more opportunities for your career. It can get confusing to choose among tons of ideas out there, but give it a serious thought as your topic impacts your overall presentation.
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10 Creative Presentation Ideas
Focusing on impactful presentations in business can make a difference. They can add more power to your words and create a stronger image of you and your company. At Explain Ninja, we are professionals in creating videos and presentations, so we know some secrets . In this guide, we would like to share fun presentation ideas and explain why it is essential to pay no less attention to them than your rhetoric skills.
Why Do You Need a Presentation?
Approximately 30 million PowerPoint presentations are created daily . But how many of these presentations are really effective?
In business, presentations inform or persuade internal and external audiences. They are an integral part of the sales process and communication. To have the desired effect, it is crucial to go beyond excellent public speaking skills. A robust digital presentation can significantly improve your performance.
Your slides tell your story. And people must listen to this story with enthusiasm and learn the message you want to convey. So let’s look at a few points that will shed light on this issue.
Your Company’s Brand Image
Presentations play an essential role in building business relationships. They help the audience perceive your company’s image. Therefore, it is vital to have cool presentation ideas to create a good and holistic first impression. The presentation, in this case, is a visual manifestation of your company’s image.
For example, you represent a business that deals with innovative branding. The very visual appearance of the presentation should complement this statement, and it will have a more substantial impact on the audience. The more confident and complete your presentation looks, the more seriously your audience will take your company.
Training and Motivation of Employees
Everyone who works with presentations knows that most are made for internal use. However, this is an effective tool for informing or motivating employees if it is attractive.
Employee efficiency and productivity are critical to achieving significant results. So it is essential to communicate the expectations and goals. Make sure your internal presentations keep the audience interested until the last minute; then, your staff will leave the meeting motivated.
People tend to get tired of listening to someone constantly talk. But professionally made and engaging presentations can play a crucial role in keeping the audience’s attention.
They can balance and connect the information with the visual elements. Use fun presentation ideas to create stories that will substantially affect listeners.
Flexibility in Delivering Information
If you are looking for a cheap and the most effective way to say something, presentations are an ideal option . The advantages are simplicity and flexibility. You can change the content to suit your needs and different audiences. There are different ways to present the same content, so you can always pick one that engages your teammates or clients the most. You can prepare infographics, add reference videos, and integrate hyperlinks that bring an interactive part to your presentation.
Unlike print media, digital presentations are a good option for internal and external communication. You can turn to a creative digital agency to develop a convenient and effective presentation template and then modify the content to suit your goals. With a wide variety of cool ways to present a project, you can choose the most convenient or interactive one and go with the flow!
Accessible Communication Tool
A significant advantage of digital presentations is that they can be stored in the cloud and used in any convenient way: on a laptop, tablet, or phone. Therefore, it is ideal if your presentation is developed by professionals who will ensure its maximum adaptability to different devices.
Such multiplatform and simplicity increase your business operations’ overall efficiency and help achieve more significant results. In addition, the impact on the audience will grow if the design and content are consistent with your brand and respond to the listeners’ expectations.
So what can a professionally made presentation that effectively uses its strengths look like? First, let’s move on to examples of genuinely engaging ideas we have selected for you.
10 Unusual Ideas for Presentation
The presentation should demonstrate the speaker’s professionalism. At the same time, it helps strengthen the organization’s corporate image. But you already know that it has to be fun and have your corporate colors in it. So it’s vital to find a balance, making it both informative and engaging. So, let’s find out how to make a presentation creative!
Link Typography With the Topic of the Presentation
This is an unusual approach that catches the eye. The visual is intertwined with the text and enhances the effect of what is said. In this example, the dating words from the dictionary of adolescents experiencing puberty, combined with the right fonts, encourage associations with specific situations. This approach can impress your audience.
Other creative ideas for presentation are vintage visuals. It doesn’t have to be a presentation on a historical topic, but such a fun approach must coincide with the theme of your speech. You can use vintage typography and appropriate vintage colors, old photos, and more.
Сrafty and Ripped Paper Elements
Visual details are also part of the story you tell and create the appropriate mood. Torn paper and other elements of a handmade collage can give the presentation a unique feeling of closeness and kindness. This visual style is unlikely to be suitable for corporate presentations but, in other cases, can have a positive effect on the audience.
Cut-out Paper and Collage
And the logical continuation is the use of images from cut paper. This technique is more elegant and allows a lot of variations for different audiences. Images, shapes, and letters can be cut out of paper. You will find many beautiful sets of cut-out elements on the Internet in PNG file format.
Surrealism is New Black
Surrealism in art originated in the early 20th century and worked with people’s subconscious. It might be a great source of ideas for presentation. It is unnecessary to use pictures of classics. Still, the same way to awaken the imagination of your listeners through unusual images will draw attention to the story.
Clay and Plasticine
Now let’s move on to videos and animations. One of the famous and still relevant tricks is clay animation. Clay is a suitable material that allows you to create anything, so your possibilities are endless. On the one hand, this technique is time-consuming, but you can turn to a professional animator and order high-quality animation.
A Single Scrolling Space
Professionals can create a presentation for you in the form of slides that scroll as a single space. All elements of such a presentation are combined and tell a whole and exciting story. As you scroll down, the information gradually fills each slide and allows the viewer to participate in the process.
Look at this example of a single scrolling space:
If you are presenting for a more restrained audience or a corporate client but still want a more energetic visual style, then animated graphics are a great choice. Such graphics do not necessarily tell a story but reflect a specific movement of your story. This approach will help make your presentation creative and more entertaining (or exciting) to follow.
If you are looking for an unusual way to illustrate your ideas, you can use isometric illustrations. This style explains complex things that can and should be divided into separate elements. Also, such images can be easily animated, which looks great. The plus of isometric illustration is that it fits perfectly into any presentation topic.
Take a look at this brilliant example of isometric illustrations which you can turn into good ideas for presentations.
Stop motion, like clay animation, takes time to make, but the result can be unforgettable. This technique allows you to play any situation with both characters and individual objects, and you can animate stop-motion text and titles. How your animation will look is ultimately determined by the theme of your presentation and the audience’s characteristics.
But fun presentation ideas are not a panacea for all problems. It is essential to understand that any tool has not only advantages but also disadvantages. You can achieve the desired effect when creating a presentation by considering them. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Pros and Cons of Presentation
The main advantage of using presentations is that images greatly enhance the key points of your speech. After all, humans get the most from visual data, especially when learning new information.
The main disadvantage is finding a balance between the visual component, the data, and your performance. It is essential to tell a holistic and fascinating story to make the right impression. You may have the best presentation ideas, but they simply wouldn’t fit the format of the meeting — you can’t overload your product presentation to a client with funny videos or inappropriate content. But let’s stop there and list all the possible pros and cons.
What Are the Pros of Presentations?
- They are easy to download and use almost anywhere. Presentations are considered a standard tool in many areas. Apps for their production and playback support only a few common extensions that open on any device.
- The presentation can be made interesting. Lots of factors can make your presentation boring: from the topic and poorly prepared information to lacking presentation skills. When creating a presentation, many tools can make it fun and save your audience. from boredom.
- It’s easy to customize each slide. Using a template created by professional animators, you can easily customize each slide to suit your specific needs. But even if you build a presentation yourself from scratch, modern programs are intuitive and allow you to customize the slides according to your creative presentation ideas quickly.
- This is a simple process of creating printed materials. Each slide, if professionally built, can be printed as a handout after the presentation. It can prove helpful if the participants are interested in the material and ask questions about specific slides.
- A tool is available to most professionals. Most presentation programs are distributed by subscription and are open to everyone. You can also turn to professionals and order the perfect presentation from them at a reasonable market price.
What Are the Cons of Presentations?
- There are always technical difficulties. No matter how simple and widespread, any technology can stop working correctly. Your computer may crash, and your software may crash. It’s essential to make a positive first impression of yourself in the first 10 seconds.
- Too much information on slides can put the audience to sleep. Because programs have many options, you can easily add too many colors, animations, and sounds and turn cool presentation ideas into boring ones. Therefore, it is crucial to make slides easy and informative and not add too much text.
- Presentations do not replace the one who presents. Many people rely entirely on the information on the slide, forgetting to build a holistic and exciting story from their speech. It is easy to rely on software and images and forget that there is still your speech, which is a more critical part of the presentation.
- Listeners can switch from your presentation. If your slides are too detailed, participants may pay more attention to them than your story. Thus, you may find it challenging to formulate and deliver a call to action.
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At Explain Ninja , we have been creating video presentations for businesses worldwide for many years. If you like our portfolio , we can create a similar animated presentation or explainer for you. Our works are not just cute informative videos – we study your business and make a product that conveys your message to customers and partners.
Don’t hesitate to contact our team via the contact form on our website to get answers to all your questions, and we’ll find out how we can help your business!
Any presentation can turn into a fascinating story with careful planning. In addition, professionally created presentations help to get the most out of your speech, even when it comes to communication between the company’s departments.
Creative, cool presentations ideas will turn your performance into a captivating tale for those you want to present your business. With extensive experience creating animated videos for companies worldwide, we at Explain Ninja can offer you video production services to turn your listeners into new customers. Contact us with your ideas, and we will help your company stand out among others!
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