Maybe we’ve been watching too much Queer Eye, but there was only one thing we could think as we watched Mary Meeker’s presentation: her slides NEED a makeover. Here’s how we’d take The 2018 Internet Trends Report from drab to fab.

Spice up Mary Meeker’s slides

 

Blue on white, blue on white, blue on…what were we talking about? If you’re like us, that boring colour scheme started to make Mary’s slides stick together.

This lack of variety is a big problem in the business world. Because corporates are afraid of colour, they kill their audience’s attention. In turn, that kills their opportunity to expand the business.

Instead of sticking to one colour scheme for every slide, Mary Meeker might have done better to shake things up. That could include a different scheme for each section, or more diverse dividers. If all that doesn’t sound appealing, she could always explore the other secrets of interesting PowerPoints.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to make an impact

 

It’s always a shame to see presenters afraid of their own power. Instead of grabbing attention with eye-catching slides, they stick with the safe bet: bland colours, drab dimensions, and inoffensive images.

Lame designs like Mary’s are a lazy way to lose attention. To grab attention, presenters should create more impactful slides. That doesn’t mean you should be tacky, just that you should take advantage of different sizes, shapes, and colours.

 

 

Make your data less dull

 

How many graphs does it take to kill attention? After enduring Mary’s many meaningless charts, graphs, and lines, we lost count.

While it’s easy to design a standard PowerPoint graphs , it’s easy to forget how forgettable they are. Instead of picking the easy option, presenters should put a little effort in. That could be as simple as giving their graphs a splash of colour. It could be as complex as adding animation to the representation of your information.

While we’re on the subject, would it have hurt Mary’s cause to condense her graphs into a few good infographics? Of course not! In fact, a few shareable infographics would have helped her ideas reach a larger audience.

 

 

Dump your text

 

Walls of text in PowerPoint are like that ex we always go back to. We know they’re bad, but they’re easier than exploring whatever else is out there. If the walls of text in Mary’s slides were any indication, she can’t seem to let this one go.

Instead of sticking with text, Mary should have used a few icons and illustrations. These can spice up any presentation, and are much easier to process than text. On the note of alternatives to text…

 

 

Embrace images

 

Humans are highly visual creatures. That’s why everyone’s so addicted to Instagram. Instead of posting a thousand words on every slide, Mary could have made her point with one picture. If only she’d followed our three steps for choosing images!

 

As you can see, it would have been easy for Mary Meeker to make her slides more impactful. To give your next presentation a makeover, make time to talk to our designers today.

 

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