18 Apr 2016

Deliver More Impact With These Presentation Trends [Guest Post]

This is a guest post by Julián Magnone, Director at SlideModel.com


About as old as the oldest millennial, PowerPoint still leads the pack when it comes to presenting ideas to an audience and remains an excellent platform for telling a story. But if you think you can get away with the presentation deck you’ve been using for a countless number of seasons, you won’t. 

The presentation scene has changed. Audiences have wisened up. And you’ll perish as a presenter if you stay put.  

DON’T even dare play that dusty old slide show.  

Fortunately, PowerPoint has evolved over the years, nimbly weathering jeers from a bored portion of the corporate world as well as the entry of flashy new industry players. The software’s latest version, PowerPoint 2016 has all the features it needs (cloud-based access, mobility, collaboration, strong design capabilities, etc.) to keep its status as the industry standard for years to come. Meanwhile, the ecosystem spawned by Microsoft’s venerable app continues to flourish and counts providers of various stuff ranging from tips to PowerPoint templates, most aiming to help presenters become better at informing, mesmerizing, or persuading their audiences.

The art of presenting has matured and so did the main tool for getting it done. But to get ahead of the game, you need to know the trends that matter to your audience as well as the technologies that make it easier to engage them. To give you a headstart, we’ve scoured the presentation universe to identify which trends are currently making a buzz and which you should adopt to become more effective at communicating your message:

Design Elements


  • Flat Visuals. Flat design celebrates simplicity and uses minimalist elements to build a UI or to convey a message. Microsoft’s Metro, Apple’s user interface for iO7, and Google’s Material Design are excellent examples of flat design philosophy at work. Flat design also figures prominently in contemporary presentation decks. The Metro-inspired template below is a good example.


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  • Full-screen Images. Communication design experts advise the use of more visuals and less text, arguing that people react more empathically to images than they do to mere words. As a result, many effective presentations allocate a disproportionate amount of slide space for immersive or evocative photos and graphics.


  • Creative illustrations. Blame popular sites such as Instagram and Pinterest for nudging people’s aesthetic leanings towards custom illustrations, retro-look, hand-drawn images, and other visual elements that shout “creative.” Here’s a SWOT analysis template that enlivens the technical side of SWOT analysis with the use of hand-drawn visuals.


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  • Fresh Use of Typography. Typography plays a major role in Apple’s success and it is fairly well-known that Steve Jobs championed — then introduced — the use of beautiful fonts in early Macs. Years later, Google deployed a free directory that allows web developers to use a wide range of fonts. It’s important to stick to a limited number of fonts for your deck to avoid diluting your message with inconsistent/inappropriate typography. But that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to use custom fonts to communicate your message.


  • Smart Color Usage. Color can either enhance your story or confuse your audience. Keep in mind that coherence and consistency are the keys to an effective presentation color scheme. To help you make trendy color choices, Pantone — the world’s authority on colors — recently published their top color recommendations for 2016, with Rose Quartz (a pinkish hue) and Serenity (a light shade of blue) topping the list. Of course, you can still explore other colors for your slides, such as what our professional designers did for this NOISE Analysis template.


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  • Video/Auto-Animations. Video is fast becoming the medium of choice for online marketers. Fortunately, you can always insert videos in a PowerPoint slide or even upload an entire deck as a video on channels such as Vimeo and YouTube. But before you do, you might want to consider seeking the help of digital creatives who know how to unleash PowerPoint’s rich media capabilities. There’s also the option of using auto-animations, especially for infographics and statistical data.


PowerPoint Features


  • Share/Deck Authoring. With more and more teams relying on the cloud for creating, storing, co-authoring and editing documents, Microsoft bolsters its collaboration support for applications in its Office 2016 bundle. To enable friends or colleagues to view and edit your PowerPoint deck, just 1) click the Share button on the ribbon bar; 2) save the deck in a shared or a public folder in your OneDrive account; 3) invite people to collaborate on the document; and 4) configure their editing rights. 


  • Designer. If you want to test your mettle as a deck creator, you can try Designer, an aptly named PowerPoint feature introduced in late 2015 to help regular folks create professional-looking slides.


  • Morph. Also launched in 2015, the Morph PowerPoint feature will help you include captivating motion effects and smart animations in your presentation deck.


Technique/Behavioral Aspects


  • Storytelling. Audiences will find your message more meaningful if you tell it through a story. That means you should consider your slides as pages from which a clear and compelling narrative emerges.


  • One Idea Per Slide. The tenets of minimalism extend to your presentation deck. While bullet points may be necessary in some cases, the trend is to stick to just one main thought per slide and not use your deck as a teleprompter (read: minimal text usage).


  • Audience Connection. Presentations don’t necessarily have to be a one-way street, wherein you are the sole active player sending a message to your audience. Sometimes, it can be the other way around. Provide channels by which your audience can become more active participants in a conversation about your message. You can do this through live polls, surveys, tweets, or other interfaces that allow your audience to express their thoughts or feelings.


  • Sharing. Unless you are dealing with classified information, you should consider sharing the decks you’ve spent tremendous time and effort on. Let your message reach more people by uploading your presentations on SlideShare, YouTube, and other content-sharing sites. However, be sure that your presentations have excellent quality before you do. Bad presentations everyone can access online can seriously damage your brand. Check out quality providers to learn more about well-designed presentation decks.


Staying Relevant Means Staying Fresh


Changes in technology as well as audience behavior directly influences the presentation landscape. For you as a presenter, this requires keeping abreast of presentation design and execution trends that matter to your audience. In planning your presentation, remember to integrate different elements that will help keep audiences focused on your story and favorably inclined towards its message.

11 Apr 2016

Business Review Charts - Makeover #1 [Singapore Airlines Bar Chart]

We make lots of charts during a business review. Here is one such business review chart from the financial results of Singapore Airlines. We will analyze the chart and do a step-by-step makeover as well. You can also download the excel file by clicking here.

Original Chart of Singapore Airlines


The airline has broken even in 2 quarters and has not done so in the other 3. However, the gap was pretty small. This is how I look at this chart. What is the intended key message of this chart? Well, we do not know because the company has not stated it. The key message could well be, 'the last quarter was our best as we broke even comfortably'.

Here is my diagnosis of this chart:
  1. No key takeaway for the audience. Different people will interpret it differently.
  2. Complex to understand
  3. Visual clutter


Chart Makeover

There are many ways to makeover this chart. The correct makeover depends on what is the intended key message. Here is one option that I recommend.


It has been assumed that the main message of the chart is to talk about how good the operating performance is during the current quarter.

This chart shows the performance (above or below breakeven) using colors which are much more intuitive. Red means we missed breakeven and green means we broke even. All the numbers are passenger load factors.

Since the key message is about how good the current quarter was, the exact breakeven load factors of all 5 quarters have been ommitted. If the presenter wants to show exact numbers, he/she should simply put a table below this chart. There is no need to clutter the chart in any way.

What have I done in my makeover?

  1. Decided on a key message and stated it properly
  2. Simplified the chart and made it easy to understand
  3. Enhanced the visual appeal of the chart by making it free of excess colors and data points

How was this bar chart created?

Here are the instructions in MS Excel 2013. Once you understand the instructions, you can easily replicate these in other versions.

Step - 1 Enter data in MS Excel
Column 1 will contain Quarters. We will not enter passenger data in one column and breakeven data in another. Our desire is to overlap the bars and hence, the numbers we will enter in the excel will be all smaller numbers in one row and all bigger numbers in one row



Step - 2 Create Bar Chart
Choose the first option under vertical bar chart. It is called Clustered Column.

Step - 3 Change Vertical Axis
Right click on the axis -> Format Axis -> Under Axis Options set Minimum Bound to 60. We are making sure the vertical axis starts at 60. Usually the vertical axis should always start at 0. But that will make the differences between the numbers very small, no one will be able to notice. The entire point will be lost.



Step - 4 Overlay Smaller Bar on Larger Bar
Click on any smaller number bar. All the bars will get selected. Right click -> Format Data Series -> Under Series Options set Series Overlap to 100%. Now both the bar graphs will come over each other.



Step - 5 Color the Smaller Bar
Click on the smaller bar. All bars will get selected. Now go to Chart Tools on top, under Format -> Shape Fill -> Choose a light gray color

Step - 6 Color the Larger Bar (which is behind)
There are two quarters where the company broke even. We have to color them in green.

Choose the first bar (FY11-12) by left clicking on it and then click on it again. This bar gets selected. Go under Chart Tools - Format - Shape Fill and color it Green. Similarily, color all the bars. Red for not breaking even and green for breaking even.

Step - 7 Enhance the look and feel of the bar graph
Left click on the vertical axis and choose the font color as white. This will make the axis and axis labels dissapear.

Click on the horizontal axis, increase the font size and change the font color to black. Make the font bold.

Click on the gridlines and click 'delete'.

Enter the chart title. Change the font color and size to what looks good to you.

Remove the legend.

Step - 8 Labeling the Bars
Click on the larger bar. Click on the + sign to the right of the chart. Now add Data Labels (Outside end). Click on the smaller bar and add the labels on Inside end.

We want to show only the Passenger load factors. We need to hide the Breakeven load factors. Click on each number, one by one. If it is the Passenger load factor, change the font color to black and increase the font size.

If the number is breakeven load factor, hide it. To hide numbers on white background, change font color to white. To hide numbers on gray background, choose font color as gray.



You are now done! With practice these steps will take less than a minute and will enhance the look and feel of your chart significantly. But more importantly, you will now have a very effective chart.

Your audience will understand the key message and get the 'message' quickly and easily. You may download the excel file by clicking here. Do you have a chart which you want to makeover? Share it with me. You can write to me at: vivek [at] jazz factory [dot] in.

4 Apr 2016

6 Super Tips from the book 'Presentation Zen Design' by Garr Reynolds

Which font is best for your presentation? Which background color is ideal? How to write text over an image? In this post, you will get all these tips and a few more. 

1. Using the right fonts for your presentation

Fonts have a character of their own and the choice of font depends on the message you want to convey. For presentations which are projected in a boardroom or a conference room or even on a laptop, choose sans-serif fonts. For presentations which are read as a printout, choose serif fonts. Serif fonts are easier to read when printed.


Each font has a different feeling attached to it. For formal occasions, avoid using casual looking fonts just because you would like to jazz up your presentation. Fonts, like costumes, are meant for certain occasions. Keep a few fonts in your tool box, some formal and some casual. Avoid using more than 2 fonts in one presentation.

2. Overlaying text over images

Garr Reynolds is a proponent of using large images which bleed off the edges. Basically, he encourages us to use images which cover the entire slide. Once you start doing that, whatever text you write will end up over the image. This might cause a few problems for your audience. Enough contrast is required to read the words properly.

In the following 3 slides, you can see this in action. The first slide is the one you might be using at present. The second and third slides are more legible and look better too.





Notice that in the second slide, we have simply added a white rectangle behind the text and made it translucent. In the third slide, we add a gray 'text fill' in the text box.


3. Choosing the ideal slide background color

Slide background has a significant impact on how good your presentation looks. You can choose a light color like white or a dark color like black. If you are presenting in a boardroom stick to light background. That's because your boardroom is well-lit. It has lots of ambient light. When you are presenting in darker venues like a conference, use a dark color background.

The logic is simple. In a dark room, white background will emit a lot of light and will hurt the audience visually. In a well-lit boardroom, this will not happen. If you use a black background in a boardroom, the slides will get subdued.


4. Using images wisely

Images and photographs are not something that we add later. They are not added for mere beautification. Make images a part of your message and storytelling. The words you use on the slide and the image that goes along with it depends on the message you want to convey and the way you want the audience to feel.

Here are 3 slides which will take you from what most people do right now to what very few good presenters do often.



 


5. Using charts and graphs with impact

Hans Rosling has said, '...few people will appreciate the music if I just show them the notes. Most of us need to listen to the music to understand how beautiful it is. But often that's how we present statistics: We just show the notes, we don't play the music.'

Here are 4 super tips for showing the true meaning of your data:
  • Present a table; if you want to show specific numbers
  • Present a bar graph; if you want to compare numbers
  • Present a line graph; if you want to show a trend, and
  • Present a pie chart; if you want to compare (but only a few data points)
Show the crux of the data on your slide and provide the complete data as a handout to your audience. They have come to listen to the 'music', not to read the 'notes'.

6. Using empty space on your slide

Empty space, also called negative space, is the space on your slide which is vacant. The tendency with novice presenters is to fill every inch of space with some content. Put some words there, or put an image here. What they fail to realize is that empty space is good for design. The more the empty space, the more powerful the stuff on your slide becomes.

Notice how the empty space in the next example, removes the visual clutter and allows the main message to come across better.



Want to read more book lessons? Check out the links below:

12 tips to help you deliver a better presentation (Confessions of a Public Speaker)

21 Mar 2016

How to Make B2B Sales Presentations that Drive Engagement? [Infographic]

Here are 6 ways to engage your clients in your upcoming sales presentation. I write this article as a manager who has spent over a decade evaluating vendors and suppliers on a regular basis. I also write this as a professional presentation consultant who has been helping companies pitch better for the last 1 year+.

B2B sales presentation is a high-stakes presentation where usually the first meeting seals your fate. Either you impress your client or you don't. Here are 6 tips to help you engage them better. Click on the infographic for a better view. It contains the summary of this article.





1. Client > You

Open your sales presentation right now. Think about the last time you presented this to a prospective client. How much time did you speak for? Out of this, how much time was spent talking about your company and how much time was spent talking about the client - their problems and your solutions to their problems.



Recently I saw a sales deck of a large multi-national company which sells a service to clients across the globe. This B2B sales presentation started with the usual - about the company and how great is the service. Out of the 20 minutes, the first 10 was spent talking about the service and how cool it is.



This is not the right way. Because - YOUR CLIENTS DON'T CARE. They do not care how great your company is and how great your product is. They care about themselves and how your service can help them solve their problems.



So what should you talk about?


  • Tell your clients that you understand their business and their challenges
  • Tell them how your product can solve that problem

2. Don't be boring

B2B sales presentations are often boring. Go back to your own sales deck. Does it have lots of visuals or does it have lots of text? Are you sharing a video or sharing a case study?

Most B2B sales presentations are made by the sales person to the client. Since you (the presenter) is doing all the talking, you must use the slides as an aid and keep the words on every slide to a minimum.


What happens when you use more images and very less text, you become more entertaining. No one wants to read every word on the slides. Don't make it difficult for your client. Don't make it boring.


3. Make a conversation

Your job is not to run through your sales deck as fast as possible. You do not have to do it - because it is your job. Your ultimate objective is to get the client excited about your product or service and give you a second meeting.


So make a conversation. Do not look at the slides while you talk. Look at the client. Talk to them. Use the slides to support a point or to clarify something. Be prepared to switch off the slides for a moment (PRESS B or W in slideshow mode) and continue talking. As soon as the slides are off, even for a moment, the entire focus shifts from the slides to you. Make use of this extra attention and talk.

4. Gain their trust

All B2B sales presentations start in the same manner. You want to sell to your clients. So you will speak great things about your service. You will never tell the prospect that your product is not the best. And your clients know that. Your clients expect you to 'sell' to them. They expect you to exaggerate.


In a situation like this, where you are starting from a place where trust is low - what should you do? Your client does not trust you, to start with. You need to win their trust.


  • Make sure you support every claim you make.
  • Provide the source of information and sample size for all survey results
  • Accept some drawbacks which your product has. Your client is not looking for the best solution, so stop selling them one.

5. Answer "So what?"

Sales presentations are full of features, features and more features. They are full of facts, facts and more facts about your product. Put yourself in the shoes of the client and ask, so what?


What does feature A mean to the client? Why should they care? Having figured this out, now communicate the benefit to the client. Your job is to tell the client how your service solves their problems. So talk about benefits to the client.

6. Befriend a Devil's Advocate

No presentation is perfect and your aim should not be to deliver one either. But your presentation has lots of scope to improve. Is the product offering clear? Do they understand my USP? Do they realize we understand them and their problems?

If you have these doubts, it is best to consult your friend or an outsider who knows little about your company and its offering. Pitch the deck to this 'devil's advocate' and instruct him / her to find loopholes. Ask him / her to challenge you and ask you difficult questions. This is the best way to fine tune your sales pitch and prepare to face more clients.

14 Mar 2016

What TED knows that you don't? 6 guidelines for Keynote Speakers

As a keynote speaker, you want to deliver a powerful talk. TED is a platform where some of the best talks take place. Would you like to know what guidelines TED shares with its organizers?



1. Slides are optional

A lot of keynote speakers never use slides. While preparing your keynote presentation, think about this. Is your talk powerful on its own? Do you really need slides? Will the slides really make your talk more powerful?

Talking without slides will ensure everyone in the audience will look only at you. There will be no distractions. You will be the focal point and this will help you connect better with your audience.

Here's what TED tells its organizers - "...if you don’t think your speaker needs slides, don’t let them use slides. Explain to them that their talk is strong enough without them."


2. Use image rich slides

Keynote speakers can increase their impact if they use images. One large image is much more powerful than a collage of images. One large image with a few words is better than a long paragraph of text.

Use high resolution images which do not pixellate on screen. Avoid images with watermarks. The best images are either shot or bought from stock image websites or procured for free from sites like pixabay. TED guideline encourages speakers to "keep graphs visually clear, even if the content is complex." Avoid gridlines and any redundant stuff. Read more tips about how to graphs your graphs and charts here.

3. Text on slides - Lesser and bigger

Good keynote speakers have very less text on each slide. A slide is simply an aid to make a point more powerfully. So having a large image with few words is ideal. Sometimes you might not even have an image. This will shift all the focus to whatever text is present on the slide.

TED discourages too much information on one slide. If you are saying two things on a slide, break that slide down into 2 slides. Now you've got one message per slide. This is much easier for the audience to digest.

Ensure the text is legible to someone sitting at the back. When you are not sure about the size of the venue, go for a very large font. TED recommends a font size of 42 or more. That's because TED talks always have hundreds of people in the audience.

4. Simple slide backgrounds

Good keynote speakers use simple slide backgrounds. Complicated looking backgrounds and templates distract your audience from your message. A simple black or white background with a bar for header is all you might need. So do not waste your time looking for templates online :) If you do search online, choose minimalistic templates.

5. Suitable screen dimensions

As a keynote speaker you will deliver the same talk at many places. While you have the same slides, your organizers might use very different screen dimensions. This will impact your presentation and produce a bad experience for your audience.

Before an event, find out the screen dimension and change your slides accordingly. The default screen size in MS PowerPoint 2013 is 16:9 (widescreen). The default in earlier versions was 4:3. There are many organizer who still use the more squarish 4:3 format. Find out what the screen ratios are and change your slides accordingly.

6. Get professional help - Hire a designer

If you do not have the time for designing awesome presentations, you must hire a professional designer and get him / her to convert you ideas into slides. There are professional agencies which jazz up your existing slides for a small fee.


Read the TED guideline
To hire a designer for your next keynote presentation, you can contact us

7 Mar 2016

Company Profile Presentation - How to avoid these 6 mistakes?

I have come across 6 common mistakes while analyzing scores of Company Profile Presentations. Let us see what these mistakes are, why they occur and how we can avoid them.

1. Not thinking from the point of view of the audience

This happens when 'What we want to tell' becomes more important than "What do they want to hear". This happens when you start by asking - "what do we write in our company profile".

So where should you start if you have to make a company profile? Start by asking these questions:
  • Who is my audience for this presentation?
  • What do they want to know?
  • What do we want them to feel?
Depending on who they are and what do they want to know - your content will change. If you want to talk to prospective employees, you might want to talk about your culture and the diversity of your workforce. If you want to talk to prospective clients, talk about why you are the right partner. Talk about your competence and credibility. Talk about your success.

Vision and mission is something your profile should never contain unless you really live by them. Most companies have a vision and mission because every other company has one. Look at this mission statement on slide 3 of a presentation. Do you, as the audience, want to know this? Does it matter to you?



Do you think your audience really wants to know your guiding principles? It may be good for internal audiences, but not for external ones.



2. Monkey see, monkey do

What do you do when you have to make a company profile presentation? Most people go and look at other presentations in search of so called 'best practices'. After seeing 5 such company profiles, all they do is copy the structure. Vision, Mission, History, Founders, Team, Milestones, Businesses, Geography and so on. That's why all company profiles look alike.

What is the solution? Do not look at any other company profile. Do your audience analysis (point 1 above) and then plan your own content.

3. Information overload

Information overload happens at two levels. 1) You try and tell everything about the company. Everything that can be told. This leads to too much content in your presentation. 2) Information overload on a slide. One slide should have one message and very less text. Have a look at these 2 slides. Do you expect your audience to read everything?


How do you avoid information overload (in the overall presentation)?
  1. Write down everything you want to say.
  2. Get approval from all the stakeholders (CEO and relevant department heads).
  3. Decide on your major and minor goals for this presentation. Minor goals are good to have but not essential.
  4. Knock off the content that is minor. Edit ruthlessly.

Use visuals to convey information. Break down complex slides into 2 or 3 slides. Do not worry about number of slides. Worry about how much time it takes to view the presentation.


4. Boring

There is no storytelling in 99% of company profile presentations. They are very cut and dry. As we saw before - Starting with vision, mission, history and going on... like every other company profile. Right from the first slide, the audience knows what is coming next and there is nothing new and entertaining. There is no story. There is no touch of your personality. If your company has a trait, let your company profile convey that to your audience.

If I showed you this slide (from a large company), do you even feel like reading it?

Here is a Team slide that nails it. Look at how good the image is. Hardly any words on the slide. This is a slide that looks good and feels good.



5. Poor slide design

Invest in a designer and get your presentation a stunning visual makeover. First impressions matter. If you are in the real estate business and want the audience to feel you are a 'premium brand', how your presentation looks will matter. Product packaging has a direct relation to the experience you get out of the product. Better packaging adds to customer delight.

Have a look at this slide. Does it give a good impression about the company?



6. My audience will read everything

While designing your company profile presentation, you might think that your audience will read each and every word of it. In reality, it is never the case. Company brochures and company profile presentations are stuff which most audiences merely scan. If the paper is good or the slides look impressive, the company is good.

I repeat, 'people scan but never read'. They read what catches their eye. Ask yourself this question: "Do you read each and every word of a company profile presentation that you receive?" If you don't, why should your audience. Design slides which helps your audience scan.

Here is a slide which can be improved aesthetically, but is very scan friendly. It does not bury crucial information under tons of words.




Interested in reading more about company profiles? Check out the following articles:



Want to get your company profile developed?
Click here and I will be happy to help. It's what I do full-time :)

29 Feb 2016

Presentation Design Inspiration - 10 Ideas to Inspire you

Here are 10 good examples that will inspire you to design better slides. Inspiration is everywhere. Let us see what we can pick from home pages of websites around the world.

Example 1. Text over Image

The image is in sync with the message. Ready for Growth? A strong headline. The all caps font looks strong. Few words and clean design.


Example 2. Text over Image

This is another good example of text over image. The text is in white and the background is darker. This increases the contrast and makes it look good. We see all caps here as well. When using few words in a headline - go for all caps. 


Example 3. Image and Text

This example uses bold colors and very less text. The image is large and contains what they do. Notice the font color inside the image is mostly blue. It syncs with the blue in the background.


Example 4. Use of Image

We do not need to write over the image all the time. Try this option. Cover the entire slide with the image and then crop it to half. Use the top half for a strong header. Did you notice something in the header? All caps again!


Example 5. Text over Image in 2 ways

The text over the image has been done nicely. First, on the left, smaller text has been given a background (highlight). The larger text (headline) is not with the highlight. Big and bold text does not need a highlight, but smaller text does. It increases readability. The image is very subdued putting the focus on the content.


Example 6. Grid

This is an interesting way to look at design. The image covers the right half of the slide. The left half has been used for text. The look is good however there's too much text which needs to reduce. 


Example 7. Different

The big and bold headline with so much empty space stands out really well. The image behind the headline is not needed really. Just black text would have done. The sub-headline (body copy) is short. It would have been better to use sans serif fonts for it.

Example 8. Showcasing Clients

This is a new trend that you must follow. When using too many logos on your clients slide, change all of them to grayscale. Click on your logo - Format [under Picture Tools on top] - Color - Recolor - Grayscale.


Example 9. Replace Bullets with Icons

This is an old trick but continues to work nonetheless. This is a simple example of how you should replace three classic bullet points using visuals.




Example 10. Not to inspire, but to avoid

9 examples are enough to inspire you for the day. While scanning through tons of websites, I chanced upon this one and wanted to point it out. The main header is pretty bad. The font, the color - its bad. How do we improve it?



Let us do what the earlier examples have taught us. Make the header bold and change its color. Use sans serif font. Below is a simple treatment that I have tried. For a better treatment, we need to change the image. It's not really great.


I have reduced the transparency (fill) of the text box. I have softened the red and used Alizarin, which is a flat color. The font is Montserrat.

These were 10 examples from which you can draw inspiration for your own slides.
If you are interested to read more about slide design, I recommend these articles:

Read about flat colors here.
Read about new ways to design your agenda slide here.
Read this to see some more good examples from TED.

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