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Nine steps to designing the perfect presentation.

This video details our nine steps to designing a perfect presentation to help you save time, be consistent and ensure you are communicating all of your key points and ideas. 

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[00:00:03] Speaker 1: Here's our nine steps to designing a perfect presentation. Step one, Slide Master Magic. Instead of designing each slide separately for your presentation, save time and effort by using Slide Master to create wow templates that appear on all slides such as the header, footer, page numbers and animation.
[00:00:21] Jack: Number two is to avoid clutter. Don't try to cram too much onto a presentation. The less the better, keep each point or summary short. If there's too much content, it's open to more than one slide, too many pictures, words, tables, colours or animations, only overwhelming and confusing the audience. Keep information to minimum if possible, so you can organise and design it for maximum impact. An ideal slide will contain a headline, three to six bullet points and a picture or graph.
[00:00:50]Paulina: Number three, maintain consistency. All the fonts, colours, layout and animations should be consistent in the feel and look. Whatever the topic of your presentation be sure to stick to one look and feel.
[00:01:05]Speaker 1: Step four, don't use the wrong fonts. While different fonts can enhance the presentation and add visual interest, sticking with easy to read fonts is always the best choice. Font size is also very important. As a general rule use a font size of at least twenty four points for headings and fourteen points for the body copy.
[00:01:23]Jack: Number five, choose the right colour. Colours are one of the main components when designing a presentation. When used properly they can add a lot to the style. Use colours that highly contrast to each other. For example, if you're using a dark colour in the background, try using white on top of it. A black background with white font is the most contrasting combination.
[00:01:43]Paulina: Number six, use viewable good quality graphics. Graphics add a lot to the design of a presentation, but using a poor quality, low resolution image will diminish the entire presentation rather than improving it. Make sure your image is aligned and look like it's visually related. Avoid using ClipArt from PowerPoint, which can be very generic.
[00:02:08] Jack: Number seven, use animation where possible animation can take a presentation from boring to inspiring. Add animation that suits the topic in the content. Avoid cluttering the presentation of too many animated elements or overly complicated ones.
[00:02:23] Paulina: Number eight, graphs and diagrams. Charts a great way to present a lot of data. Think about what's the most important thing you want your chart to communicate. Avoid cluttering it with text, numbers or extra lines. If a lot of text is needed, use reference numbers in circles and put the details under the chart.
[00:02:44]Speaker 1: And finally, step nine, take a step back and have a look at your presentation. Once your presentation is done. Take a look at it as a whole or ask friends and family to have a look. Does it tell the audience your story, is it communicating what you want it to communicate, will resonate with your audience? Sometimes not all of them are always relevant. [00:02:45]