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Refer to the design section for clarifications.

Tip #1.

Before you set out to design your own template(s) think of who you are – your values and personality – and why people should or would come to hear you speak – your vision. Make a list of these points.

Then list your goals and intentions for this particular presentation matching them to the list of points you made earlier.

  • Why do you want to present?
  • Did your supervisor ask you to?
  • If so, why and what about?
  • Did you volunteer?
  • If so, why?
  • What makes your presentation stand out from those available out there?

Ask a colleague you trust to read it and comment on it. Chances are he will be adding to the list. Then highlight the keywords in these lists.

  • First, use them in a paragraph to describe your mission. This is your mission statement. Do not worry if it is not perfect. You can always go back and edit it later: in a day, in a month, in a year.
  • Then, conduct an Internet search using these keywords to identify a picture that best represents you.
  • Copy this picture on your slide. Make certain it covers the full extent of it. This is going to be your background. Feel free to experiment with picture brightness, contrast and colour.
  • Add a text box with your name and professional affiliation. Experiment with text box backgrounds, font colour and size to make it stand out.

Your template is ready.

Tip #2.

Look at the slides below.


  • Try to identify their function.
  • Go back to your storyboard.
  • Identify the places where you would need (or where you could use) each one (or a similar one).

Tip #3.

Look at the data sheet. It shows the results of an opinion survey. It is very important for your presentation.


Consider including it as is and answer the following questions:

  • Will everybody in the audience be able to read it?
  • How long will they need to understand it?
  • Are all the details significant?
  • What do I need to support my argument?

Now consider the graph that follows and answer the same questions. Which of the two slides do they point to?

Look at the data sheet and the custom graph and answer the following questions:

  • What do the majority of those surveyed think?
  • If 5: Most Important what does 3 stand for?
  • What do 6 out of 10 people surveyed believe?

Which of the two slides helped you to answer the questions above faster and more effectively?

Tip #4.

Combine full images and text on your slides. Create a slide like these:


  • Choose a suitable picture.
  • Copy and paste it on the slide.
  • Expand it until it covers the full surface of the slide.
  • Copy and paste this image on top of the original one.
  • Place it exactly over the previous one so it covers it completely.
  • Change its colour to the one you like.
  • Crop this image in order to create space for your text.
  • Insert a text box.
  • Change the background colour of the text box.
  • Change the colour and size of the font.
  • Copy and paste the text box to include more text.
  • Make certain the colours contrast and the slide is readable.
  • Copy this slide if you want to create the same effect.

Alternatively you can combine different images and text boxes to create new meaning as in the second example above.

Both examples have been created with MICROSOFT POWERPOINT features.