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Well-presented, interesting slides add a thousand charms to any presentation and are ten times more effective in keeping the audience tuned in. The following list of top 10 PPT slides are some of the best examples that use diagrams, graphics and other visual aids to stand out from the rest.
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
Kawasaki is admired for his extraordinary presentation skills and effective PowerPoint slides. And his Art of the Start presentation is a fitting start to this exclusive compilation. Kawasaki’s slides always follow a Top-10 format with each slide shouldering a single powerful message. An equally compelling visual and the use of 30-point font ensure that his presentations are anything but boring.
The title and content slide of Kawasaki’s 40-minute presentation at TiECon on May 13, 2006
Sustainable Food Lab by Chris Landry
This award-winning slideshow stood out from the rest, thanks to the rotund fonts, lively graphics and intriguing storyline. To come up with the best visual PPT slides, Landry advises against the use of pre-made templates. His presentation slides have strong images and minimal words to drive home a key point.
Use of strong images in Landry’s slideshow
Pani Puri – An Introduction by Abhishek Thakkar
Any presentation on food is bound to be a mouth-watering delight and this one by Thakkar brings the real taste of India to a wide-eyed audience. Voted as one of the top 10 effective PowerPoint slides, the template is strikingly simple and the jet black milieu does a fine job in keeping the real hero in the limelight – pani puri, of course!
Thakkar’s visually appetising treat is as good as the delicacy itself
Healthcare Napkins All by Dan Roam and Dr. Tony Jones
Ever thought of using napkins on a presentation slide? The novelty of the concept has been able to effectively deliver a deeper meaning and message to the public and perhaps that is why Roam’s and Jones’ visual PPT slides won the grand prize from out of 3,750 entries from over 130 countries!
Healthcare Napkins All slideshow has been viewed 100,000 times on over 300 websites
Thirst by Jeff Brenman
The aim of a presentation is to enlighten the audience without disrupting their accepted wisdom. Each one of Brenman’s graphic PPT slides is designed in this manner to move the audience with meaningful information. Definitely, at the end of the presentation, a good percentage of the audience will take a personal decision to save water at any cost.
The title and content slide of Brenman’s Thirst
Foot Notes by Melanie Kahl
A clever play on words and visuals resulted in this trendy travelogue put together by Kahl. Here is one of the top ten examples of slides where a little creativity and out-of-the-box thinking made a presentation noticeable and worthy of a second glance.
The title and content slide of Foot Notes
Feels Bad on the Back by Mohammed Faried
Faried’s “Feels Bad on the Back” looks good from the front and even better throughout. Here is a perfect example of how to use slides in presentations. The use of the bi-colored font and dotted outline of a kidney at places where you least expect are definite attention-grabbers.
Creating a contrasting layout of fonts and images
Who Moved my Brain? by Merlin Mann
By choosing a white conventional background, these visual PPT slides make the best use of symbols, arrows, pictograms and, of course, humor. Since the topic focuses on time management and attention span, Mann played his pieces well by ensuring his presentation is fun to watch and not another waste of time for the audience.
Slides with a difference make a better impact as seen in this Mann presentation
New Product Marketing Plan by Kellogg’s
This is one of the best examples of PPT slides that follow a defined pattern in building awareness but at the same time explores the use of diagrams and graphics to make an impact. Though the participants for such slideshows know what to expect, Kellogg’s used visuals to create more brand recall value.
Kellogg’s illustrates how to use slides in presentations
45 Beautiful Pictures by Nek Bob Dylan
No top 10 PPT slide list is complete without Dylan’s stunning presentation of 45 picture-perfect photographs. The entire cross-section of each slide has been used to render full justice to the images and as each slide moves in smooth transition, one can’t help thinking that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Featuring some of the best visual treats
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