What's the secret remedy to make an appealing presentation? Compile data and add it to a PowerPoint deck.
Sounds easy. Doesn’t it?
But one look at your presentation and you realize that something is missing.
It simply isn’t good enough. It's missing that professional touch.
Do you believe that complex animations and creative design take your presentation to the next stage? If yes, then let me break this myth for you. Designing a PowerPoint slide does not need high-end design or creativity as long as you stick to the basic rules of alignment, consistency, and cleanliness.
But here's a secret ingredient:
To make your slides professional, appealing and eye-catching...
Use PowerPoint icons in your presentation.
Icons are graphics or symbols used to communicate a concept visually without words
It takes your presentation to the next level and here’s why:
- Icons make your slides simple, beautiful and communicative. The slide below clearly shows how proper use of icons can bring out the magic in your slides
- They help break the language barrier as they are more intuitive. Icons are widely used and we see them every day in road signs, restroom sign, etc. The universal application of icons helps you communicate easily and reduces the risk of having your audience come to a wrong conclusion.
What icons should you use?
- Most often, the icons you use are images. These are fine to use as long as you do not need to resize them and file size is not an issue. Should you resize, the images can become distorted and blurry. PNG, JPG, TIFF, AND BMP have commonly used image formats.
- It is advisable to use a vector format to avoid the issues mentioned above. Vectors are fully editable and are made up of geometrical shapes and not pixels. Hence, a greater advantage in terms of quality and size. Vector icons can be resized without compromising the quality. The formats widely used for vector icons are EPS, SVG and EMF.
- Once you have implemented the right icons in the right slides, your presentation is all set and ready. You can now see the difference and can confidently present it to your colleagues or clients.