You may have a negative understand of Powerpoint templates up to this point. Power point templates have for years been plagued by marble backgrounds and bullet points, while the best presentations have evolved to become more organized beautiful images and statements. Before we continue, let's redefine "Powerpoint templates" to mean presentation frameworks.
1. Create your own template or framework
You present often and it sometimes can be difficult to start from scratch each time. Why not create your own Powerpoint framework or template library that includes several templates that you can use for a variety of presentations. These frameworks will have the basic structure that you can use to
repurpose and recreate new presentations each time. How do you do this? Simple. Open up a few Powerpoint documents, create presentatons with dummy copy following a format you love and save them in a folder on your computer to use later. You can also purchase free and premium themes from Slidegarden.
2. Make your outline
There are two questions you should ask yourself before beginning your presentation, picking a theme or moving forward: "what does your audience want to hear from you?" and "how do you want to leave your audience after you present?". The first question addresses how to make your audience love you by giving them what they want, and the second addresses how to make a lasting impact. Consider these two questions as you plan out your presentation slide by slide and point by point.
3. Mastering your tone
Knowing your audience and the kind of impact you'd like to make with your presentation will help with the next step: deciding on your tone or the concept of your presentation. This step dictates the color scheme, the typography, your images, and in some instances, the flow of the presentation. By the way, you can grab great images from Flickr and font squirrel.
4. Mix it up and you're done!
You now have everything you need to get started. Your outline will help you figure out the information in the presentation, your template will give you the structure and organization, and your tone gives you the design elements you need. Now just add it all together and have fun.