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A Presentation Design Guidebook for Rockstars

By John Rode on October 31, 2012

Your presentation is almost complete with interesting animations, concise recorded demos and attention-grabbing graphs. But why stop there? If you want to make your presentation really special, engage your audience and make an impact, take it up to 11 with this “Presentation Guidebook for Rockstars”.

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At this stage, it’s time to consider how you can use your presentation to further develop a connection with your audience, expand on animation techniques for a more professional look and add additional features such as plug-ins, polls, and forms. For more information about all of the following, the presentation design guidebook above is an excellent resource.

1. Emotion

Your audience want to know that you’re human, too. Including anecdotes and stories about yourself can help you play with humor, empathy, excitement or even fear to engage your viewers.

2. Animation with Sound

You already have animation in your presentation, but it doesn’t have to end there. Your audience will be impressed and entertained with animation synced to sounds and music.

3. Blend Modes

Blend modes are simple and yet highly effective as they draw attention to the most important features on the slide. Ensure your audience knows what they should be looking at.

4. Forms & Polls

You already have information displayed in graphs and demos but forms and polls will spice up your presentation that much more. Your audience can see how you have a connection with real people.

5. Plug-Ins

Plug-ins allow you to take your presentation in any direction you please. The options are endless and even allow you to include real time information from any number of sources.

6. Instagram

Color effects are easy to use and make your presentation that much more aesthetically pleasing. Avoid dull looking slides and a dull audience.

7. SWF Videos

SWFs take care of themselves by automatically restarting when the video has ended leaving you free to focus on the presentation.

8. Navigation

Don’t let your audience become confused when navigating from slide to slide. Make sure everything is clear so your audience doesn’t become frustrated.

9. Video Presentations

To get maximum exposure for your presentation, simply set your slides to auto advance and it will play just like a video. Video presentations allow you to deliver your presentation to a huge audience no matter where they are in the world.

10. Incorporate Other Programs

Use all the resources available to you for the most effective presentation design. Enlist your skills in Adobe Suites or other programs to take your presentation to the next level.

Be sure to check out our other helpful presentation guides:

Presentation Design

Presentation Skills


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