There’s more to creating a Powerpoint presentation than merely choosing a template and inserting stock images. Sure, you can do all those and perhaps more (like adding some custom animations). But these might not be enough to get your message across.
Look, you may know how to drive a car, but it doesn’t automatically qualify you to be in NASCAR, right?
Admittedly, there’s nothing wrong about doing the heavy lifting yourself. When you’ve taken the time to maximize its features, you’d discover that Powerpoint is indeed a powerful tool that you can use to your advantage.
Certain situations, however, really do call for that professional touch. It isn’t a question of aesthetics, but more of a storytelling concern.
A professional Powerpoint designer understands that stories are what draw an audience to the idea he’s presenting. This means he has to rely on his storytelling skills to communicate effectively. And by storytelling, we don’t mean the way you’d read a tale to little kids before bedtime.
It’s more of how a director spins a yarn on the big screen. After all, the nitty-gritty of putting together a Powerpoint presentation is pretty much like what goes on behind the glitz and glamor of the movies.
You may have the benefit of a strong star power or striking cinematography, but if the storytelling fails to engage the audience, the movie falls flat. And when this happens, the audience can be very unforgiving.
As with producing a movie, making a presentation involves a number of elements. In both cases, making all the disparate elements go well together can help you tell a cohesive story.
For example, the use of colors to highlight some points will only work if you align the text in a way that’s comprehensible to your audience. These may be minor details but someone who isn’t familiar with design may miss out on their significance.
Professional Powerpoint designers know when to use (or not to use) the right design elements to support the story they want to tell. They have a great eye for detail that allows them to come up with successful slides. They understand that effective presentation design isn’t just about slapping images on every slide.
There are many different elements that go into making a Powerpoint presentation, and only a professional can bring them all together seamlessly. To pull through with a winning presentation, it’s important that your content, delivery, and design go hand-in-hand.
Without one, you definitely can’t succeed with the other. And that’s what professionals are there for. If you’re running short on time, or you simply want an expert’s opinion, contact a presentation partner you can trust. The returns on this investment will be worth it.
“Top 10 Websites for Presentation Images.” Presentation Magazine. Accessed May 6, 2014.