10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

First who is your audience…..do some bit of customization of your personal style..bit….because you dont want to conform too much and neither do you want to lose them on slide 1. Based on point 1, figure out the big message and the elements that make up the big message which should be, what…why…how..thats sounds like inane advice, but the reality is that quite often we have a burning issue in our head that we want to shout out to the world or we have no burning issue and just need to present. Its these times that we forget the inane what..why and how. Then often even when we remember it, it requires focus and skill to ensure that your ppt follows the what why how elements in whatever sequence. Once you have the elements on paper then get to making the deck….This reblog has some good tips on that. Same font….not too many colors, very less text.

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Speaker David Epstein created a truly stellar slide deck for his talk at TED2014. When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. Here, advice from our office slide master on making Keynote and Powerpoint presentations that communicate strongly. Photo: James Duncan Davidson When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on the changing bodies of athletes. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of other folks in the office. Yes, his coworkers ask him to design their slides, because he’s just that good.

We asked Aaron to bottle his Keynote mojo so that others could benefit from it. Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck, split into two parts: the big, overarching goals, and the little tips and tricks that make your presentation…

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