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Dealing with Negative Space in Presentation Design 

An often overlooked aspect in presentation design is the use of negative/white space. Anyone can admit to sitting through a presentation with slides filled to the brim with text or images.  

Think back to the many slides you’ve seen that look more like pages of a book. No rhyme or reason behind the slide design. They are merely used as a repository of information that will be talked over during the presentation.  

Slides like that come off as extremely cluttered and unintelligible. But more importantly, they are prime examples of why the proper use of negative space is so important. 

What is Negative Space?  

Negative space refers to areas that are devoid of any sort of design element.  

While, by definition, the word “empty” may sound like it’s a bad thing, there’s purpose behind these spaces. Negative space is what literally defines and organizes the content featured on any given slide. Properly using negative space can greatly improve the visual impact of slides and further elevate the core message.  

Creating Balance in Design  

As mentioned earlier, a common mistake that many people make is to just fill slides to the brim with content. Just blocks of text or a mishmash of images thrown into a single slide.  

Not only do these kinds of slides look visually sloppy, but they can also make things harder for audiences to understand what is being presented. Information overload is a very real concern that presenters should always consider. When there is just too much going on within a single slide, people will be left confused and unsure of what information they should be focusing on.  

By applying the use of more negative space, it forces you to rethink and rebalance the content of your slides. When a slide looks too busy or loaded, consider trimming down the copy further or creating a new slide altogether to move information into.  

This “less is more” approach gives you more breathing room to balance the content of your slides with its overall design. It will come down to a matter of what you are saying, not how much you have to say.  

Guide the Eyes of Your Audience  

If you find yourself staring at a crowded slide, remember this: When everything is being spoken loudly, nothing will be heard.  

Negative space allows you to partition information and guide audiences to your desired message. There’s a greater sense of importance when content is singled out and given the space it needs to shine. When done right, negative space is a great tool for effectively developing a narrative within your presentation.  

Imagine flipping from slide to slide in a quick pace with no speech to guide the presentation. By structuring content using negative space, audiences can identify key information from any given slide.  

Negative space helps you establish a visual roadmap that guides audiences across your presentation. When audiences can keep track of what’s being talked about, it’s easier for presenters to effectively get their point across.  

Engaging Minimalism  

Despite being an “overused” term, minimalism remains a very effective design practice. From both design and copy standpoints, crafting a concise and minimalist presentation has greater potential to be memorable than one that seems to say too much.  

The use of negative space is synonymous with minimalism because it provides structure and emphasis to the featured content. As naturally visual beings, humans are more likely to appreciate imagery that’s elegant and pleasing to look at.  

While it is always tempting to pack slides with as much information as possible, taking a more measured approach is more effective in engaging people’s attention.  

10/20/30: Why the Rule Should Be Used in Presentations

Are you familiar with the 10/20/30 rule? It states that a presentation should have 10 slides, last no more than 20 minutes, and should not have a font sizes less than 30 pt. 

This rule was made due to the gradual decrease of people’s attention spans. Making presentations concise and straightforward will save time while still getting the core message across. 

Let us elaborate.

10 Slides 

It can be quite a challenge to comprehend more than 10 concepts during a meeting. 

The 10/20/30 rule suggests using 10 slides to discuss your core message, and provides the following example flow of topics for investor proposals and venture capitalist presentations:

  • Problem 
  • Your solution 
  • Business model 
  • Underlying magic/technology 
  • Marketing and sales 
  • Competition 
  • Team 
  • Projections and milestones 
  • Status and timeline 
  • Summary and call-to-action 

Remember these if you want to get your point across in a concise and straightforward way. Depending on the type of presentation you’re giving, you can tweak these to fit your purpose, but try to keep your slides to a 10 slide minimum, with a visible flow like the one above.

20 Minutes 

Ideally, a 10-slide presentation would only take 20 minutes to finish. Beyond that and you’ll start losing your audience’s attention. 

Keep your presentations short so you can address questions and other concerns at the end. 

30pt Font Size 

People usually use smaller font sizes to cram chunks of information into their slides. Doing so might distract your audience from listening to you and leave them unable to focus or retain the information you present. They may also question whether you are familiar with your own material. A straightforward presentation will assure the audience that you know the topic well enough to explain it in a way that they will understand, especially if they’re new to the concept. 

Use a larger font and remove the unnecessary details. Remember, your presentation shouldn’t do the talking for you, but instead, be there to guide your audience. 

Use the 10/20/30 rule as a consistent baseline to keep your audience engaged during your next presentation. Working within its boundaries will push you to craft a more refined presentation that focuses purely on the essentials, leaving out any distractions for your audience. It’s important to remember that people naturally have a limit to their attention span. This simple and effective rule is meant to guide you in creating a presentation that fits fully within the peak time of your audience’s attention. It’s at that point when your message is most effective and will lead to a more memorable experience for all.

How To Use Your Brand’s Custom Fonts in PowerPoint Design

Custom fonts evoke emotions, making them an essential tool for defining your brand. Some fonts may portray traditional aesthetics, others a modern taste and can even give communicate grace and elegance. Brands strategically utilize fonts to help visually define their overall identity. Considering fonts can express a distinct “personality” it’s important to choose one that fits well with the brand and message you want to convey.

Often you are conveying your brand message through presentations internally, to customers, or even to potential investors so it is important to consistently use your brand’s font across all platforms. Employing your custom font in your presentations can help revitalize your design and define your brand’s aesthetics through your PowerPoint presentation. 

Using Custom Fonts in PowerPoint 

In order to use your brand’s custom font in your presentation, you’ll need to install it on your computer. Go to Control Panel > Fonts, then drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste the fonts into the Fonts Manager. Make sure the files are unzipped before you do. 

Avoiding Your Custom Font Being Replaced When Shared

When you use custom fonts, there’s a possibility that PowerPoint will replace them if you share the deck with others. To avoid this try embedding the font in the presentation. PowerPoint allows this as long as the font file type is TTF or OTF. All you have to do is to click File > Option > Save, and then check the box that says, “Embed fonts in this file.” 

Keep in mind that this will likely increase your file size, so choose “Embed only the character used in the presentation” if you need to be wary of your file size. 

You can also share the font file itself when you’re sending the deck to others that need to edit your deck. PowerPoint will replace custom fonts with standards ones if you don’t embed the custom font, so this can be a great way to ensure your coworkers are also using the custom font and keeping your brand consistent. Keep your custom font file in an easy-to-find location for when you need to send it out.

Present Online 

This is especially helpful when you want to share your PowerPoint via online hosting without having to embed the custom font (or increase your file size). Your audience may or may not have your custom font installed in their version of PowerPoint. But by taking this route, you can ensure whatever custom font you have used will appear on the audience’s end without worrying if the custom font has been installed. 

Companies with digital asset management platforms (DAMs) or learning management systems (LMS) often allow readers to view their content online. Broadcast Slide Show is a feature that lets you livestream your presentation to an online audience. 

Consistency is Key

Much like all the other aspects of your company’s identity, consistency is key to how you present yourself, your brand, and your products or services. Using your brand’s custom font in your PowerPoint templates and presentations is a simple, yet effective way to authentically represent your company no matter who you are presenting to.

3 Ways to Livestream Your PowerPoint Presentation

Don’t let distance get in between you and your audience. Livesteaming your PowerPoint allows you to still be the face of your presentation. Several online platforms can bring your presentation out of the boardroom and into digital spaces. These enable you to reach a wider audience without having to sacrifice your personal presentation style.

While many people may have figured out workarounds to livestreaming, the truth is there are many options, which are not too difficult to navigate once pointed in the right direction. Here are three ways you can livestream your next PowerPoint presentation.   

Broadcast Online from PowerPoint 

Microsoft itself offers a safe, reliable means to broadcast your PowerPoint presentation online to remote audiences (for PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions).

First, find your presentation and open it up. In the File tab, you can start livestreaming your presentation through the Share button.  

Next click the Present Online button. A dialog box will generate a custom URL for your presentation. You can then copy the link to send directly to your audience.

Once they’ve received the link, click Start Presentation. Viewers will then be able to see your presentation as you guide them through each slide in real time. 

This highlights how Presenter View will appear only on your screen. Your audience will see your slide show as you present it. 

Once you’re done, simply hit the End Online Presentation in the Present Online tab. 

This option is convenient when meeting in person is not possible. However, the slight downside is that some of your original deck’s features may be compromised. All transitions will automatically be set to “fade” from the audience’s view and a file size limit may be imposed on your upload. 

In this situation, a concise deck is more advisable for livestreaming to minimize the lag in your loading times. 

Use Office Mix  

Office Mix is a free downloadable add-on for Office 365 subscribers. It makes livestreaming presentations much easier.  

Office Mix retains more content such as audio, video, polls, and quizzes than broadcasting through PowerPoint alone. These features are helpful for presenters seeking to maximize audience engagement. using their deck. Consider reviewing each feature to see which will work best in your presentation, especially as you are livestreaming.

In the Mix tab, you can see Quizzes Video Apps

The platform also features “live digital inking.” This is a more hands-on approach that enables you to guide the audience using video, audio, and illustrations. Office Mix offers several helpful tutorials on their site for navigating these useful features.  

Office Mix requires an internet connection to share your presentation. However, your audience will be able to review your slides after you’ve concluded the presentation. And because Office Mix gathers audience data and feedback for in-depth analysis you can keep track of how your presentation went over with your audience and maximize on keeping track of after-presentation impact.

Upload to Online Platforms 

This third option offers the least audience interactivity in the moment but can maximize your audience reach. And it may be the easiest to execute. 

If the previous options are unavailable, you can upload and design your presentation on deck hosting platforms such as SlideShare. 

Publishing your slides online will allow you to reach out to a wider audience. While you can configure the presentation to be viewed by selected viewers only, default settings keep your deck open for public viewing. Adding tags to your presentation makes it easier to search online, further enabling mass sharing. 

These online platforms often require compressing your presentations to a size that websites can handle. While uploading to online platforms can be limited in file size, audiences will be able to view them at their own pace which can be a great benefit for a leave-behind aspect to your presentation.

Livestreaming Design Elements to Enhance Viewer Experience

Your deck plays a key role in the impact of your presentation and there are many ways to make your presentation accessible.

Because the presentation is being streamed from your source, you won’t need to worry about losing any of your custom fonts. That’s a common pain when people send their decks via email. Here are a few other assets that add value and enhance viewer experience: 

  • Interstitial Graphics: Controls broadcast flow and breaks it into segments 
  • Overlay Graphics: Media that plays over the main content  
  • Alert Overlays: Pulls live data from online sources and displays over the stream 

You may notice these things on streaming platforms like Twitch. Adding these elements to your presentation can give you a leg-up over other presenters and help you stand out with your audience.

Planning for the Future

Being able to present your deck effectively online will help amplify your message and showcase your skills as a presenter to your audience even while remote. And while working from home or hybrid interactions continue to be the norm, it’s essential to utilize all the tools you have at your disposal. Livestreaming solutions have made it so much easier to deliver a smooth online presentation experience. Take these tips as unique chances to improve your skills for your next big presentation.

Being an Agile Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us. We’ve seen businesses struggle, from family-owned restaurants to international corporations. 

Limitations created by the pandemic forced businesses to become more “agile” to survive during this tumultuous period. 

What does it mean for a business to be agile during this pandemic? In a normal context, agility is a business’ ability to adapt to market and environmental changes. Because of COVID-19, however, companies had to make massive operational shifts to protect their business and their employees. 

With lockdowns and quarantines being enforced across the world, it was difficult for many to operate at their regular capacity. But after some time, planning, and practice, companies recovered through agile strategies to keep their businesses running as effectively as possible while still upholding the new social norms. 

In this article, we will analyze several aspects of business that had to undergo a shift to be more agile.

Operating with Limitations   

Imagine having very little room to operate. What can you do? When a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic hits, the only option is to start getting creative. Companies had to rethink and innovate their operations to keep employees safe, while still effectively providing their service.  

Consider the fitness industry. When you think of spin classes or boxing, the image of gyms and studios come to mind. Social distancing, however, put all kinds of traditional classes on hold.

Gyms and trainers made the necessary and effective transition into providing online classes. From pre-recorded sessions to live Zoom classes, people were successfully working out through online means. What started out as a major limitation eventually created a major boom in the online fitness industry. The trend has grown so much this year that even businesses that offered virtual classes well before the pandemic experienced a significant uptick in engagement. 

Going Digital  

In recent years, companies have been undergoing a “digital transformation.” 

From internal operations to customer experience strategies, the pandemic accelerated the need for companies to start operating heavily within digital spaces.  

Like in any kind of crisis, it became an “adapt or die” scenario. The boom in e-commerce is the biggest example of this fact. Social distancing protocols forced many physical stores to close their doors, and because people are trying to avoid more public places in general, consumer buying habits took a major shift into online shopping.  

Communicating with a Purpose   

Whether it’s between two businesses, internal discussions, or a company addressing their consumers, digital communication has played a vital role during the pandemic. On the business side of things, meetings had to move from the board room to platforms like Zoom and Slack.  

While virtual meetings may not be able to fully replicate the experience of face-to-face meetings, many people have adapted to make such settings as effective as possible. In an in-person setting, presenters can rely on their body language, on vocal delivery to keep people engaged. In an online setting, however, plenty of that energy gets lost. To make up for such disadvantages, presenters focus on delivering more simplified slides to deliver their message as fast and clearly as possible, capitalizing on when people’s attentions are at their peak. These tweaks to one’s presentation style made big impacts as online meetings have become more normalized than ever  

SlideGenius Is Your Presentation Expert 

At SlideGenius, we specialize in creating presentations that can bring the very best out of your next virtual meeting. We’ve experienced our fair share of struggle with remote work.

These barriers have become normal for us, but we’ve always learned to adapt and overcome them. What pulls us together is our shared passion for helping our clients succeed. From our artists, writers, web developers, animators, and project managers, we use our expertise in presentation design to spark invaluable growth.  

Contact us today for all your presentation needs!  

Effective Business Presentations from Home

Delivering an immaculate business presentation no matter the circumstance is an essential skill. But COVID has drastically changed the world. Whether you’re trying pitch new creative ideas to your partners or hoping to land more investors, your abilities as a presenter are more vital than ever to your business. 

Executing your pitch has become a completely different ball game. The pandemic has forced many businesses to start working remotely, essentially erasing any chance of having face-to-face meetings. The “normal” pitch setting these days has moved from boardrooms into living rooms. It’s a circumstance we have little control over but must adapt to in order to keep things running smoothly.  

While the situation may be challenging, there are ways to keeping your pitch as effective as ever… even as you deliver it virtually. In this article, we’ll tackle some of the best methods of delivering presentations from your home.  

Appear Worthy of Your Business Presentation  

Appearances go a long way in pitches. But just because you’re working form home, it does not mean you can take your looks lightly. When it comes time for the big pitch, pick an outfit that you’d wear as if you were delivering the presentation in person. This speaks volumes about your sense of professionalism.  

The next step, however, is something plenty of people still overlook. In video call settings, remember to always tidy up your background. It does not necessarily need to be a blank space behind you, it just needs to look clean and professional. Find a good spot in your home that looks simple and uncluttered. The last thing you want is your audience being distracted by whatever is going on behind you, whether it be a fancy looking painting or children’s toys sprawled all over the floor.  

Looking for a game changer in making your video pop? Good lighting makes your video crisp, naturally attracting more attention. Even if you are not onscreen very long, making good first and last impressions are essential to delivering a successful pitch.   

Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse 

Preparations are more important than ever in virtual settings. While many apps and services have adapted to make your online business presentation easier, there are still a lot variables that can go wrong at any moment. Whether its your mic going on the fritz or your internet connection getting spotty, be prepared for everything that could possibly go wrong. Test your set up several times beforehand to make sure everything is works as it should be.  

On top of all that tech prep work, there’s still the act of delivering the presentation that you need to prepare for. Keep in mind, your voice comes off differently through a mic. Use your tests to see if your delivery comes off clearly given the equipment you have to work with. Much like delivering pitches in person, making these run throughs will help you iron out all the kinks beforehand.  

Engage Your Audience DURING the Business Presentation  

Audience attention span is your biggest enemy in online presentations. You may be able to control everything within your environment, but you can do very little about what your audience has around them. Success rests on engaging your audience throughout the presentation. Actively raise questions for your audience throughout the presentation. This will strike a more conversational tone to your pitch and keep your audience focused on the discussion.  

Picking up on your audience’s body language is much harder online. Be on the lookout for different cues. Take note if their attention is drifting off screen. That is a cue to pull them into conversation. This will help you keep things on track while also assisting your audience in properly internalizing everything that’s been talked about so far.  

SlideGenius is Your Presentation Expert 

As a start-up presentation design company since 2012, we’ve created almost every kind of presentation you can imagine. We’re a worldwide team, with four difference offices spread across the US and Philippines. Meaning, we’re also experts on working “remotely” for close to a decade now. These barriers have become normal for us, but we’ve always learned to adapt and overcome. What pulls us together is our shared passion for helping our clients succeed. From our artists, writers, web developers, animators, and project managers, we utilize our expertise in presentation design to spark invaluable growth.  

At SlideGenius, we are eager to be a valuable partner to all who needs our services during this challenging time. Contact us today for all your presentation needs! 

Contact us today! 

Dealing with Remote Work Burnout: Is It Possible?

For better or for worse, 2020 has been a year of great change. The COVID-19 pandemic flipped the entire world on its head, drastically changing how we live our daily lives. One of the most significant changes has been the global shift to more remote work setups. While the adjustment was drastic for most offices, many employees welcomed the opportunity. After all, working from home is more comfortable than being confined in an office all day. 

After several months of remote work, however, the reality of the situation has set in. People are feeling burnt out. What was once an exciting working experience has now become routine, and like most routines, if not managed correctly, has begun to take its toll on people. The honeymoon phase is over but work still needs to get done.  

Considering the pandemic still greatly limits one’s movements, what can be done about remote work burnout?

Structure Your Workdays  

The most immediate adjustment to working from home is that it tears down traditional work environments. The distance between your office and home is now non-existent. The problem with losing such boundaries is that it makes it easy to overwork yourself. Back then, the act of leaving the office and going home was a clear way to switch off your brain from “work mode.” Now that you both live and work in the same place, it can feel like the “work mode” switch is always on.  

That feeling of being “always on” is what quickly leads to burnout. This can cause you to slip into bad work habits. Considering the distractions around you at home, it has become easier to be neglectful about work duties. The irony of that situation is that putting off work will only force you to work more hours than you should. Procrastinating only means you’ll need to spend more time catching up later. 

In cases like this, you simply need to be stricter on yourself about your work hours. Allot a specific amount of time per day to be in “work mode” just as if you were still going to the office. Use that mental clock to push yourself to finish your work duties for the day. 

Make Time for Hobbies  

Having work-life balance is as important as ever in these unique times. That requires good time management. By switching yourself off from “work mode”, you can start spending time on hobbies you’re passionate about. Whether its painting, exercising or reading, these hobbies play a crucial role in keeping your mind balanced. Especially after longs days working, it feels like a great payoff to spend time on something that relaxes you physically, mentally, and emotionally.  

From a practical standpoint, keeping your mind balanced greatly benefits your work productivity. Hobbies are great for de-stressing yourself while keeping your mind sharp. If you’re starting to feel like your old routine has started to get monotonous, try out something new for a change. We all have some extra time on our hands these days. A new hobby will also give you something to look forward to once you log off work.  

Give Yourself a Break 

While travelling may be off the table these days, it doesn’t mean taking some time off work won’t do you some good. You may still have to stay home, but at least you’ll be giving yourself some time to recharge. It can be anything from a day to a week, but use the time to balance yourself out, especially if you’ve been feeling like work is absorbing too much of your energy. Treat it as a break from the regular routine that’s been wearing you down.  

Even pre-pandemic, “staycations” were great for spending more time with things that bring you joy. More time with your family, a good book, a few movies, these are all great ways to make the most of a break at home. Time away from you’re your routine stressors will give you an immediate boost and get you ready for when the time comes to start work once again.  

Outsource Design Work 

It’s important to remember that you’re not the only one working remotely these days. Even before things went into flux, the gig economy was rising fast across nearly all industries. The current situation just pushed both freelancers and companies alike to make rapid adjustments in their workflows to offer more services remotely.  

If you ever feel out of your depth with work, reach out to outsource services. Whether you need graphic design, copy work or even animation, there is a vast number of professionals today willing to help. These collaborations will ultimately help lighten your load while also giving you a tremendous resource for future projects.  

SlideGenius, Your Invaluable Partner  

As a presentation design company since 2012, we’ve experienced our fair share of work and productivity struggles. What pulls us together is our shared passion for helping our clients succeed. From our artists, writers, web developers, animators, and project managers, we utilize our expertise in presentation design to spark invaluable growth.  

At SlideGenius, we are eager to be your partner during this challenging time. Contact us today for all your presentation needs! 

Pitch Decks vs Investor Decks: Is There a Difference?

Every successful startup begins with an idea. The only way to get that idea off the ground is to have a killer pitch behind it. Depending on who you’re pitching to, there are two types of decks that need to be considered: “Pitch Decks” and “Investor Decks.”  

Let’s break down the key slides they both have in common: 

  • Problem 
  • Solution 
  • Introductions  
  • Mission and Vision 
  • Market Opportunity  
  • Value Propositions 
  • Business Plans  

While they share many similarities, there’s more going on below the surface. Thinking that pitch decks and investor decks are the same is a common misconception, leading to failed presentations. There are fine lines between pitch decks and investor decks that need to be realized to fully maximize their impact.

Knowing Your Audience 

The key difference between the two is that they are each created for specific audiences.  

Investor decks are for the business and financial decision-makers of companies. With that in mind, one can assume that the audience of an investor deck bears a significant amount of knowledge about starting and running a business.  

Pitch decks, on the other hand, are for general audiences. Because their backgrounds and knowledge are more varied, pitch decks need to be broader and more accessible with their messaging.  

Understanding your audience is the first step to delivering more effective messages. 

Ask yourself: What does your audience want to hear? How does your business/product add value to their lives? In what ways do you meet their demands?

The answers to these questions will greatly vary depending on who you are talking to.  

Express Value Differently  

The clearer the idea you have about your audience, the more you can tailor your content and messaging to better fit their expectations. The perceived value of your presentation fully depends on what your audience is looking for.  

Investors will want to a clear scope of your financial projections as well as business plans for the months after your launch.

Presenting that same kind of technical information may not be as effective within the context of a pitch deck. Whereas investors are concerned about a business’ profitability in a measurable sense, general audiences are more concerned about how a product or service can greatly benefit their daily life and the lives of others.  

These skews in proposing value vary greatly across the various aspects of your presentation. Even in how you differentiate yourself against competitors, it all should fall within the same criteria that most concerns your target audience.

Tell Your Story  

Every great pitch needs a narrative. Structuring your presentation with a narrative greatly increases the impact it makes on your audience.  

Consider the 3-act narrative structure. Act 1 is your setup. Your opening slides should create context for what you’re about to pitch. “What problems need to be solved?” “What things can be done better to improve lives?” Proposing questions like these create a natural segue into the next act of your story.   

Act 2 is “confrontation.” This refers to your business’ action in solving the problems proposed in Act 1. This is where you go into the finer details of what you have to offer. 

Act 3 is the resolution. This ties the information together summarizing the points that make your products or services so special. 

This simple structure guides the attention and interests of your audience regardless of their background or knowledge. It taps into every human’s innate interest in listening to stories reach their conclusions.  

We Are SlideGenius, Your Valuable Partner  

As a start-up design company since 2012, we know the value of a well-made PowerPoint presentation. Through our hard work in presentation design, we’ve helped our clients in growing their business in big ways.

From our artists, writers, web developers, animators, and project managers, we all come together with a shared passion for being an invaluable spark towards business growth. The thousands of slides and presentations we’ve created have all been part of our pursuit of being better designers and storytellers. 

At SlideGenius, we are eager to be a valuable partner to all who needs our services during this challenging time. Contact us today for all your presentation needs! 

Leave Design to the Professionals: Hiring Trained PowerPoint Designers

Graphic design is an often-misunderstood aspect when running a business. The uninitiated assume that designs, be it logos or marketing content, can be created easily and quickly. These are deadly assumptions to make considering the significant role graphic design plays in branding. Companies with rock solid offerings can risk floundering in competitive markets if their designs look cheap or unappealing. Graphic designers are highly skilled professionals capable of strengthening a brand’s image.   

In this article, we will focus on an overlooked aspect of branding: PowerPoint presentation design. Discover how the work of a professional PowerPoint designer can help reshape the way your business is perceived in the boardroom.

Designers Deliver Messages Visually 

PowerPoint design is more than simply creating aesthetically pleasing slides. Professional designers are experts of visual communication. They can take heaps of bland looking data, like monthly sales reports, financial projections, or survey results, and transform them into more visually engaging pieces of content. Their discerning eye for information helps them filter out anything that serves no value to the design and message of the presentation.  

Ever felt like your presentation has too much text? Often, it probably does. Text heavy slides are still one of the most common problem most people make when creating their own pitch presentation. Professional designers are keener on showing over telling. They effectively utilize visual design elements to convey messages with only a fraction of text. This decreases clutter on the slides, making it easier for audience to interpret what being presented.  

Controlling the Flow of Information 

When in the hands of someone with little to no design skills, it’s very common to see the slides looking haphazardly put together with no sense of flow. Overwhelming information muddies your intended message. What good would all that information be if your audience can’t even make sense of it? 

Presentation designers deliberately take control of the flow of information. From the colors, text composition, and pictures/graphics, every element serves the purpose of being more visually intuitive. It’s a matter of using these visual cues to draw the attention of someone’s eyes. They effectively put all these elements together to ensure that your audience keys into every piece of relevant information without feeling overwhelmed by it all.

Save Yourself the Headaches  

There’s plenty at play when creating an effective PowerPoint. Which template should you use? Should the presentation have animations? Which visuals, tables, and graphs best illustrate your points? Professional designers can answer all these questions for you with ease. Their experience allows them to know what styles and visual flair work for every kind of presentation. Their knowledge of the ins and outs of PowerPoint enable them to fully maximize the capabilities of the program.  

In times when you simply have too much work on your plate to handle creating another presentation, professional PowerPoint designers can bear that load. More so, their highly developed skills in the matter ensures a greater final product than what you could have accomplished on your own. Having designers handle creating your presentation gives you the extra time and energy to focus on areas that better fit your own expertise.  

We Are SlideGenius, Your Valuable Partner  

As a start-up presentation design company since 2012, we’ve experienced our fair share of work and productivity struggles. In fact, our full team is split between four different offices around the world. Meaning, we all work “remotely” from one another daily. These barriers have become normal for us, but we continuously adapt and overcome. What pulls us together is our shared passion for helping our clients succeed. From our artists, writers, web developers, animators, and project managers, we utilize our expertise in presentation design to spark invaluable growth.  

At SlideGenius, we are eager to be a valuable partner to all who needs our services during this challenging time. Contact us today for all your presentation needs! 

Working from Home: Getting Your Business Started from Anywhere

Even in the face of a global pandemic, lockdowns, and work pivots, businesses and entrepreneurs continue to find ways on how to succeed.  

We are facing a future that most of us did not expect when we entered 2020. COVID-19 has caused massive paradigm shifts in how we work and live our daily lives. With customer preferences and habits now changed, companies have had to adapt drastically. Numerous supermarkets and restaurants now offer delivery services, without any prior experience beforehand. Schools of all kinds have started offering more online classes just to make up for campus closures. 

If you’re working on starting a new business venture, developing a new idea, or simply trying to find ways to improve your marketing, don’t give up hope. While 2020 has kept us all on our toes, it also created new opportunities for growth.  

One of the biggest hurdles that companies have had to overcome is adopting a full work-from-home system. Many have embraced the flexibility of working from home, while others still prefer the routine and structure of office settings. Regardless, your ability to commit to your business goals remain.

Adjusting to such massive change is never easy, but as we have seen from others around the world, success is still achievable. In this article, we will tackle some of the best tips to remember about making the most out of working from home while pursuing your goals.

Be Mindful of Your Productivity  

Let’s not kid ourselves here, working from home comes with many distractions. The temptation to just boot up Netflix and watch a few (or many) episodes of your favorite show is easy to succumb to.  Therein lies the stigma towards those who work from home: relaxing while on company time. 

The truth about working from home is that it’s a true test of one’s work ethic. Remember to always be mindful of your team’s goals and deadlines. At the end of the day, you are beholden to yourself to make sure your they are being met. Where you do your work should not change that.  

Use being at home to the advantage of your productivity. To avoid distractions, create for yourself a “sacred” space in your home that is fully devoted for work. Whether it’s on your desk, couch, or kitchen table, it should be wherever you feel is your most ideal working environment. It’s where the switch in your head flips when you know it’s time to get down to work.  

Reach Beyond Your Duty 

COVID-19 has created a litany of problems, both known and unknown. No one is leaving their homes. Traveling is highly prohibited. Cleanliness protocols are at an all-time high. Take all these problems as a personal challenge to provide your company or value proposition with new and inventive solutions. It’s fully within your power to add more value to your vision and organization. 

While companies are looking to continue operations “like normal”, you can take the extra step by performing with greater effort than before. Try getting a head start on the goals you’ve slotted for tomorrow or next week. The flexibility of working from home allows you to fully maximize the time and effort you can put into your business each day. Brainstorm a few more ideas, write a few more emails, communicate a bit longer with teammates. This is your opportunity to come up with something big.

Take Advantage of Time  

Perhaps the danger of working at home is blurring the boundaries with work. You may feel the need to waste invest the hours you spent on the road to the virtual office.

Some people take pride in putting every available hour into their work. But the truth this behavior can lead to burnout, which hurts productivity and morale. This will create impediments to success, whether in the long- or short-term.

If you didn’t use to make time to get away from your desk in the office, it’s all the more reason to do so now. Take a bit of time each day to start a new workout program, or even spend more time connecting with loved ones. Spending time on things that bring you joy will help reduce stress levels, especially when pursuing your dream gets too overwhelming. This balance will be crucial in maintaining your ability to keep performing work at your very best.  

SlideGenius Helps You Reach Your Business Goals  

As a start-up design company since 2012, we’ve experienced our fair share of work and productivity struggles. We know the struggle so we know what it takes to succeed. Aside from gumption, that means having a professional designed pitch deck if you’re raising money, immaculate sales assets for bringing in new clients, or even a spot-on video that will help your potential customers or investor understand your value offer.

We are dedicated to helping our clients succeed by helping them tell their story better. From our artists, writers, web developers, animators, and project managers, we utilize our expertise in presentation design to spark invaluable growth for you. At SlideGenius, we are eager to be a valuable partner to all who need our services during this challenging time. Contact us today to get a free quote!