Siled are an intuitive way to share complex ideas with an audience. Here are some tips to make your presentations efficient:

• Use the slide master feature to create a consistent and simple design template. It is fine to vary the content presentation (i.e., bulleted list, 2-column text, text & image), but be consistent with other elements such as font, colours, and background.
• Choose the right font. Try and pick a classic font instead of a creative one. Picking the wrong font can easily cause your text to be unreadable for your audience. Besides that, if the computer you are presenting on does not have the font you used installed, PowerPoint will replace it with a random one. Verdana, Calibri and Helvetica, for example, are all safe choices. These fonts are available on all computers.
• Keep your slides simple. This is one of the most important PowerPoint presentation tips to follow when designing your slides. Keep in mind that less is more (effective.) A cluttered slide is distracting. It causes confusion for an audience: Which part of the slide should I focus on? Should I read the slide or pay attention to the presenter?
• Use Presenter View to write notes to yourself. This is how you can avoid using your slides as index cards. Add prompts, tips on movements or gestures, or specific stats and numbers that you didn’t want to include on your slide.
• Use PowerPoint shapes for visuals. PowerPoint Shapes is the most powerful graphical tool in your control. The multifaceted Shapes feature on the Ribbon gives you infinite ways to use PowerPoint like an illustration program. Look beyond the commonplace rectangle, oval, and rounded rectangle patterns. Every shape is editable. You can customize any PowerPoint shape and create your own custom designs. They can be formatted with colours, 3-D effects and shadows too.
• Use the Duplicate Slides feature to save you time. There’s no reason to create these designs over and over again. Now that you have a few to draw from, you can simply duplicate them before inputting your content. Here’s how to do that:
o On the left pane, right click the thumbnail of the slide you want to duplicate.
o Choose “Duplicate Slide” from the pop-up menu.
• Keep your text simple and minimize the amount of text on your slides. Use bullets or short sentences, and try to keep each to one line; that is, without text wrapping. You want your audience to listen to you present your information, rather than read the screen. Some projectors crop slides at the edges, so long sentences may be cropped. You can remove articles such as “a” and “the” to help reduce the word count on a line.
• Use a consistent colour scheme. If you don’t want your presentation to look like a kaleidoscope of colours, then try to stick to a colour theme. Depending on the look you’re trying to achieve, two or three colours may suffice. Use one colour for the background, another one for text, and a third colour for accents. These are the usual colour schemes you’ll find on many successful presentations:
o Light background with dark text and graphics.
o Dark background with light text and graphics.

Final thoughts…

PowerPoint is an incredible tool for any presenter. Undoubtedly, this tool allows you to create clean slideshows to tell your story, give a pitch, or educate your audience. However, most people do not use it to its full potential. We hope these helpful PowerPoint tips and tricks will make your next PowerPoint presentation successful.