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Hacks to transform dull PowerPoint slides into engaging Presentations

An array of creative powerpoint slide designs

Per experts, audience gets hooked and pays more attention to visual content than drab looking text heavy content. In this article we offer an array of creative powerpoint slide designs that are sure to win you accolades. They will help you think beyond bullet points and unlock the amazing visual story waiting to be released from your message. 

You must be wondering how to be visually creative if your slides are heavy on content. Don’t worry even if you have text-heavy slides – you can still make them look visually amazing. Below are the ideas to get you started.

Idea #1: Visual Bullets

Create business PowerPoint slides with lines, shapes and spacing to separate the content. This trick comes handy if you have a lot of content to be organized. 

Idea 2 #  Double sided text : Alternate key points on the left and right side of the page. This elegant design visually separates lot of text on the slide and is easy on the audience’s eye. As you can see in the example below, each piece of text has plenty of white space to breathe. 


Idea #2: Chunking 

You can also create professional PowerPoint templates based on the concept of chunking. Chunking allows you to organize your content in groups and you can show those chunks horizontally or vertically depending on how much content you have.

To create effective visual chunks you should group the related elements on the slide and contrast the unrelated elements. When the grouping is clear and the contrast is obvious, audience finds it easy to understand and process the information on your slides.

Chunking works brilliantly to showcase different ideas on the same slide as our mind is wired to search for patterns to make sense of the information we find around us.  

Tip: Use shapes to separate the text and add numbers, headlines or icons to each chunk of text depending on the type of content you have


Idea #3: Picturization 

Another way of building effective business presentation templates is to represent your content by using photos. Use images relevant to your content which aids in communicating your business story.  Professional PowerPoint templates created using photos help in visually separating the data hence the clutter. 

Use of images also allow an audience to immediately associate an idea with the text hence increasing the comprehension of your content.


Idea #4: Iconify 

Use of icons has become another popular option to create Business PowerPoint templates. There are number of free icon libraries available online for using in your business presentation templates. They occupy less space, visually separate the clutter and are best to emphasize certain content.


Idea #5: Backgrounding

Background image is a great way to set the context of the content therefore a lot of professional PowerPoint templates are designed using image as a background. You can insert a gradient, semi-transparent layer between the text and the photo so that whichever photo you use, the text will always be visible.


#6 Use Grids to split the content 

Chief aim of lining up your elements in a grid format is creating a clean and organized space. Structure and symmetry are naturally pleasing to the eye. Another great benefit of grids is that you can easily integrate different elements like pictures, numbers, and text into beautiful infographics. You can also alternate the colors in the grid to make them visually appealing. Just choose alternating colors wisely to avoid color riot on the slide.  


#7 Use of Central figures: Use one large visual element to show the central message

Add one visual element that summarizes the main idea of the slide. You can divide the slide into title and text sections with a strong contrast. You may choose any image; however we recommend using an icon due to the simplicity of the illustration and its neat, transparent look.


#8  Layout shaping

A circular graphic is another excellent tool for building infographic slide, especially if the content forms parts of a whole idea or works together cyclically.

This layout allows for plenty of active white space on the slide, which increases its’ consistency and readability.

If there are many parts of a whole and you want to talk about each part separately, you may want to animate all the parts so that they appear one at a time and can help your audience follow along as you talk about each part.  

Please ensure consistency in your infographic, if you’re going to insert icons or images.

#9 Roadmapping

Use of roadmap or path layout to show direction and flow 

If you want to show content that goes in sequential order, consider displaying things on a journey type of layout.  A clear path or roadmap will visually help your audience to form associations and inferences from direction and flow. 

These are some of the ways to build effective Business PowerPoint templates. If all this sounds too much, simply head over to SlideUpLift and purchase a prebuilt professional presentation template (like any of the slide examples seen in this article). It will save you tons of time and your slides are guaranteed to look great. You will also get to know even more diverse formats and designs which could be used to create engaging business presentations.

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