Slide Show: How to Make Your PPT Presentation Stand Out

How many power point presentations do you share per month?

Have you ever caught someone at one of your presentations falling asleep?

Do you need some helpful tips and advice on how to make your next power point presentation the best one yet?

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve shared hundreds of PPT presentations, both via online webinars and at local events, and yes, I have caught a couple people dozing off (although I never called them on it).

In an effort to make my presentations better and also help clients who use PPTs in their areas of expertise, I started doing research.

My research consisted of writing down some of the presenters I’d enjoyed in the past and then seeing if they’d shared any info on the subject. Conveniently, I didn’t have to look very long before I found an actual PPT presentation about Improving PPT Presenations!

Thanks to Rand and his team in advance for letting us share this PPT – ENJOY!

View more presentations from Rand Fishkin

The 6 Power Point Presentation Rules You Have to Keep

Rule #1:No Bullet Point Slides!
Rule #2:Make It Actionable!
Rule #3:Make the Content Fit the Audience
Rule #4:Craft a Narrative Arc
Rule #5:Speak from the heart.
Rule #6:Making fun of the English = OK

Other Tips for Presentations

Create Presentation Outline in Gmail
Build Empty Slides w/ Titles Only, Then Add Images, Screenshots or Text-Based Visuals
My Slides Follow this Format:

  • Branding
  • Large Title
  • Visuals
  • Callouts w/ Arrows(omg, this is so meta!)
  • Roger’s words of wisdom (or a link)
Put My Slides on Slideshareand Tweet the Link Just Prior to Getting on Stage
Create an easy-to-remember bit.ly link and put it on the front and last page of the slide deck.
Re-use Presentation Content on the Blog
Never, Ever Practice
Wait Until the Last Minute to Make the Deck
Go Forth and Present!

Rand Fishkin is the CEO & Co-Founder of the web’s most popular SEO Software provider; SEOmoz. He co-authored the Art of SEO from O’Reilly Media and was named on the 40 Under 40 List and 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30.

Rand has been written about in The Seattle Times, Newsweek and PC World among others and keynoted conferences on search around the world. He’s particularly passionate about the SEOmoz blog, read by tens of thousands of search professionals each day. In his miniscule spare time, Rand enjoys the company of his amazing wife, whose serendipitous travel blog chronicles their journeys.

Comments

  1. elle says

    Hi Nate,
    Just doing a little research on PPT presentations and came upon your article ” Slide Show: How to Make Your PPT Presentation Stand Out”. Great suggestions !

    Last week, I was involved in a PPT presentation for a board meeting which really had the added “WOW” factor. Their presentation was displayed through a controlling PC and with one click the presentation was displayed instantaneously accross 30 IPADs, that really added the “WOW” factor.

  2. Darryl H says

    Thanks Nate for sharing some important tips here about… How to Make Your PPT Presentation Stand Out. I’ll make a point to follow these directions as I offer my presentations to other, good job Nate.

    Best Regards,

    Darryl H

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