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Tips to present better

If you want to improve your ability to create powerful business presentations you have to master three aspects: preparation, design and delivery. In these articles I'll show you how.

When you create a presentation and you use slides, it is likely that you use some text in your slides (not too much, don’t forget!). In those cases, make sure your text is big. In fact, very big. 

Too often I see slides with text that uses 12 point fonts....

In this blog post I’m going to introduce hierarchy as a principle of design and explain how to use it to improve the design of your presentations.  

In Universal Principles of Design (a must-read book), the authors explain that hierarchical organisation is the easiest way to visualise and understand complexity. They...

People prefer faces. In our evolutionary path, as human beings we’ve become better and better at recognising faces, not least because of survival reasons. Our ancestors would survive only if they were good at recognising the faces of hidden predators.

That’s one of the reasons why faces attract so...

In order to create a great presentation, if you decide that you need visual aids, it’s important to understand how to design a great slide. Among others, you should be focusing on two elements: background and text. The success of a slide from a design perspective also depends on these...

In the previous articles we introduced the cornerstones of presentation design: signal-to-noise ratio, picture superiority effect, white space, rule of thirds and colour theory. Here I’m going to show you four more fundamental principles of design in order to create impactful presentations. Remember C.R.A.P.: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity. 

Contrast

If...

In the previous article we introduced the colour theory. Now all this theory has to become practical and the first idea that has to come to your mind is to steal colours from an image (you can do it directly on PowerPoint). If you want to give slides a style...