How to Create an Awesome Slide Presentation (for Keynote or Powerpoint)

In this episode of SPI TV, I'm going to show you how to create an awesome slide deck for your next presentation, one that captivates your audience and supports your talk, not bores people to death and puts people to sleep.

I've performed dozens of presentations myself, and I take great pride in how I approach my slide deck. I'm always getting complimented on my slides, and I want the same to happen to you.

Creating great slides doesn't have to be difficult, and with a few simple rules and some guidelines to follow, you'll stand out as a top presenter the next time you're on stage or presenting in front of a group.

Please note that I do talk briefly about why this is important, however if you'd like

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    27 comments
    Kaloyan Tsilev says May 29, 2015

    Great tips as always, Pat!

    Just couple of things – first, after your dark slide, it is important that your next slide is not too bright. You don’t want to blind people, especially if the room is dark. Second, Pat, it would be really helpful if you put any links in the description box so people can just copy-paste them.

    Thanks!

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    Adelle Ramcharan says May 29, 2015

    I WAS JUST GOOGLING THIS 3 DAYS AGO. Thanks Pat!

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      Mari Cruz Jimenez Claveria says March 30, 2017

      Adelle Ramcharan o k l

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      Aldous - The Insentient says December 9, 2018

      And this comment was 3 years ago

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    Upcycled & Co. says May 29, 2015

    Great video thank you Pat! I came across you and your work in Michael Hyatt’s Platform University and have listened to numerous of your podcasts and watched some of your videos. I look forward to learning more from you as I build my platform. Thank you again.

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      Pat Flynn says May 29, 2015

      @Kathryn Price Thanks Kathryn! πŸ™‚

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    Keith James says May 31, 2015

    Very nice job. I can’t begin to tell you how many terrible presentations I’ve had to suffer through. There is absolutely no reason that someone can’t create a a compelling presentation.

    Just take a few minutes and watch a couple of TED X presentations. 20 minutes seems to be the sweet spot.

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    Mridu Parikh says May 31, 2015

    SO incredibly helpful Pat. THANK YOU!

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    Guilherme Carregosa da Costa says June 1, 2015

    Amazing tips… really really good.
    I would like to know how would you make presentations for online classes. The teacher give the lectures today using a powerpoint presentation full of bullet points. Two hours of powerpoint background in chromakey with bullet point. The subject is Anesthesia.
    What would you recommend? =O

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    dani g says February 27, 2016

    What fonts do you use? The fonts here are pretty solid.

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    Maayan Shneor says May 4, 2016

    Nice video! Totally liked it –
    just one question: What fonts did you use?
    (for both the block letters and the cursive letters?)

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    Billy says June 20, 2016

    I don’t get it why so many people are complaining. This tutorial was very informative and got me hanging on the edge of my seat.

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    Powerpoint Pro says July 6, 2016

    Video starts at 4:15 But great video nevertheless πŸ˜€

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      FMV Films says October 17, 2018

      πŸ˜‚ you understood nothing i went to your video first and yet i had to come here. There is your clue .

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      miss smiles says March 10, 2019

      Thanks

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      cxon says March 12, 2019

      Realy helpfull! Thanx

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      Edwin Fernandez says March 25, 2019

      I wish I had seen this before wasting the first 4 minutes of my life.

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      NWC General Construction says August 5, 2019

      Ironic that he talks about the drawbacks of boring presentations during that time!

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    Elizabeth Autumn Watkins says April 29, 2017

    I liked this a lot. I was required to watch it for a class and thought I would be bored but I really enjoyed it. Thank you!

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    Grace Girl Studies says November 7, 2018

    thank you so much!!!! i have a power point presentation in the morning. i haven’t done much. but now i feel more prepared :)))

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    Debster's Tired says May 15, 2019

    LOL. Slideshare.net is blocked by the shitty company I work for, so….

    Also, my supervisor wants me to show tons of bullets with tables no one can read, so none of this matters unless you’ve got freedom to be treated like an adult at work.

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    Rick Girard -Hire Power Radio Podcast says May 29, 2019

    Hey does anyone know how to create the roadmap bubbles in Powerpoint?
    So many comments, not sure if i missed it.

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    MikeTMP_On says June 15, 2019

    1 correct slide size
    2 avoid bullet points
    3 Topic + at least 1 support image
    4 Choose a style that you like
    5 Keep the text on the top
    6 Show a “road map” (how far you’ve gone into the presentation)
    7 Use graphs and tables
    8 Higlight the most important portions of your slides
    9 Go dark during story time (take people’s attention)

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    Nidup Gyeltshen says July 22, 2019

    The local text written on Suggestion box is Bhutanese (Tibetan Script) πŸ™‚

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    Wolf. says July 28, 2019

    How to create an awesome side deck

    – Sidedecking is an art form. You should side counters to various meta and niche decks, but don’t side too specific counter cards.

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    kiran nakarmi says July 29, 2019

    You killed me in the very first slide with 9 bullets. Then I revived to see the rest of the presentation which was awesome.

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    GiftedMynd says August 4, 2019

    You mentioned the “roadmap” can you explain or anyone else here give me details on how to add at the circle with numbers at the top of my PowerPoint presentation?

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