I’ve been working with a number of presenters to help them develop more effective, engaging presentations for upcoming conference or training sessions. While PowerPoint should never be the focal point of a presentation, effective slide design is important for those presenters who choose to use PowerPoint in their sessions.
To help presenters determine whether their slides are any good, I put together the Effective PowerPoint Checklist to help them perform a self-assessment.
Definition of an Effective PowerPoint Deck
I don’t know that there’s any one, universal definition for “good” PowerPoint design, but I think “good” slides have several things in common:
- They’re visually attractive.
- They’re easy to read.
- They don’t distract from the presenter or the presentation.
In the spirit of these three characteristics, here is the aforementioned checklist (and you can download a PDF of the Effective PowerPoint Checklist):
What’s missing from the Effective PowerPoint Checklist? I’d love to hear any suggestions in the comment section.