Do you break into sweat on the eve of a presentation? Trust me….I do! Disobedient text boxes, images with a mind of their own, fonts that go awry, bullet points that tend to roam all over the slide, table column sizes that play a tug of war…the list goes on. And I have not even talked about sticking to the colors and rules of a style guideline. Makes me think…handling my pre-teen at home is easier. This is why my respect for presentation designer colleagues grows exponentially…every single day!
So…When in Doubt – Ask an Expert
And it is just so convenient in my case. Almost all my colleagues are PowerPoint experts. So, “What is the secret ingredient?” I asked James Syngai – the man who leads the team. He said “Nothing”! But he did explain why there is no secret sauce to concoct a great presentation design. I asked one of our designers to create this awesome infographic to visually explain the levels of PowerPoint formatting - simplified. Looks like it is no rocket science after all. It is all about understanding the specific needs of a slide, knowing your's or the customer's preferences, and attending to it.
Pick the right level for your deck. Follow some simple PowerPoint Tips and Tricks to give it a WOW factor! Or if you have a Presentation Design Services vendor taking care of PowerPoint formatting for you, then just communicate the level of formatting you expect. It will definitely guide the designer to execute on point.