No matter who your audience is or where you are presenting, your Canva slideshow is something that can be engaging and appealing. Creating an interesting slideshow and delivering it with full impact is simple. Remembering a few things like the audience and their expectations, using the right tool, and ensuring that the slideshow doesn’t take over the attention from you is imperative. The design and the way you present your content in the slide are integral for making it appealing and relevant for the audience.
So, without further ado, let’s look at a few simple tips that will make your slideshow appealing.
At the time of structuring your presentation, keep in mind that you need to tell a story with your presentation. So, your slides need to represent the same things. Go for an introduction that briefly explains what your topic is about, next work on explaining the topics, issues, or more with graphics and bullet points. Lastly, conclude with a call-to-action that compels the audience to think about it and take action.
Use a creative and relevant template
If you have the time to create your presentation on a blank canvas, go for it. But a lot of us don’t have much time to create a slideshow and thus, using templates is the perfect way to save time and have consistency.
There are few things to keep in mind when choosing a template in Canva slideshow maker:
- Use a template which resonates with your message and brand
- Make sure that you can customize it to match your brand’s color scheme and typography
- Make sure you can place your logo in the template’s background so that your brand presence comes across.
- Never select or buy slides more than you need. It is a waste of time and money.
The text should be less
Imagine two presentations:
- One, where the slideshow has ten slides and no more than ten words per slide. And if images are representing the text, the content should be even less.
- The second slide is full of text and complex graphics. There is no white space but only more text.
In both cases, in which presentation will you pay more attention to the speaker? The first one right, because the text is so little that it doesn’t distract. On the other hand, the second presentation does.
The conclusion? Never use too many words in your slides. It is there to support your presentation and not take away the attention from the information you are trying to disperse.
Make your title slide interesting
From the get-go, your presentation needs to hold the engagement of the audience. Therefore, your title slide needs to be appealing and interesting. It should be such that the audience becomes eager to know more about it. Use ground-breaking statements like a fact or a quote or a question concerning the topic. It will make the listeners pay more attention to you.
Use bullet points effectively
The whole point of using bullets in your slide is to break the monotony of the paragraph and make reading easier. So, never ruin it by putting complicated or too many transitions or animations. Use a simple one if needed. Also, keep the number of bullet points per slide to five and not more than that.
Only one point per slide
Don’t cram too many details into one slide. It will confuse the audience and won’t even look pretty. As a rule, never explain more than one thought or point per slide.
If you find yourself using over ten slides for a 20-minute presentation, it’s time to edit your content. Stay focused as there is no need to put too much information.
No more than 10 slides
A presentation would serve its purpose only when the number of slides matches the amount of time you have to talk about them. Ideally, a presentation should have 10 slides with 20 minutes to explore all the points.
Try to edit your slide well if the number of slides exceeds. Lastly, make sure that the text font throughout is never less than 30. It is also known as the 10-20-30 rule, and you should follow it.
Use readable typefaces
A lot of times the typeface that we chose can create problems for readers as it is hard to comprehend. So, use fonts or typefaces which are easy to read and are appealing to. Also, one typeface for headings and one for the body is enough, you don’t have to use more than two fonts.
As simple as these tips sound, they are just as effective. Keep these in mind for your next presentation so that your slides look visually engaging and don’t overpower your speech. Lastly, practice delivering the slide without looking at it for better engagement and make sure to walk around, show hand-gesture, tell a story, and connect with the audience to truly get your message across. All these things working together will ensure that the audience leaves with a clear understanding of what to do next.