Ever sat through a presentation that seemed to drone on and on, accompanied by boring slides full of large, possibly made-up jargon? Question: Do you remember anything the person said? Or, if you do, do you really care?
A beautiful, legible, engaging PowerPoint is a crucial part of any speech you may give at work, at a conference, or to a client. It can help the audience remember what you are saying, connect the dots, and be encouraged to become a part of your project. And when the average attention span of an adult is just five minutes, you have to know how to do this right away and fast.
So, to spruce up your next big pitch, here are nine essential tips to keep in mind when creating your slideshow—and even some suggested links to help you get started.
Infographic courtesy of PPTpop.com.
Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author