Ever sat through a presentation that was impossible to pay attention to? One where the slides seemed to be randomly stuck together? The problem was probably a lack of flow.
When your slides don’t flow together, your audience becomes distracted. This makes it almost impossible to share your message. To keep your audience connected, follow these four tips for making your presentation flow.
Set the Pace of your Script
Writing your script is the most important part of preparing for your presentation. The most important part of your script is its pace.
To set the pace of your script, outline its structure. The most effective structures for engaging audiences are storytelling structures. Storytelling structures are easy to understand. They also keep your audience eager to hear the end.
Once you’ve established the steps of your structure, fill each step with your script.
Match your Slides to your Script
You’ve finished your script. Congratulations! Now make slides that match.
Of course, you can’t just start creating slides. If you dive straight in, your slides will end up looking uncoordinated. To make your slides flow, start by drawing up a rough plan of your slide structure.
This structure doesn’t have to be fancy. It just needs to be a rough outline of how your slides will match your script. Simply sit down with a piece of paper and sketch out this order alongside your script.
As you’re creating this structure, try to time slide changes to important points. On top of that, don’t overload each slide with ideas. As a rule of thumb, stick to one idea per slide. This lets your audience focus on each idea as it comes, helping them flow from one to the other.
Establish a Theme
What do we mean by theme? Well, a theme is all of the following:
Language: one word to sum up your message. Is your message serious? Inspiring? Establish that word, then apply it to every aspect of your design.
Colours: PowerPoint is excellent for building custom colour palettes. This is essential for making your presentation flow. To create your colour palette, follow the instructions in this article.
Design Assets: these are any fonts, icons, and images that can flow across your PowerPoint. By repeating the same elements, you’ll create continuity across your slides.
Once you’ve established the elements of your theme, you can start designing your presentation. Make sure to stick to this theme, as that will keep your slides cohesive.
Check for Flow
So you’ve prepared every part of your PowerPoint. Now it’s time to double-check for consistency.
First, check that you’ve inserted your design elements in similar areas. For instance, if you’ve used an icon next to a particular word, make sure that icon always appears next to that word.
Next, make sure you’ve paced your slides like your content. Take care that they’re not too cluttered or empty (unless that’s the effect you’re after).
Finally, present to someone who hasn’t seen your slides yet. Ask them to stop you whenever they feel like they’ve lost the flow.
As you can see, it’s easy to establish flow in your PowerPoint presentations. To help your presentations flow, speak to one of our professional presentation designers today.