In part 1 of this blog post, we discussed templates for Ballroom-style presentations, which are performed with large audiences in dimly-lit ballrooms. But what about when you’re presenting to a roomful of executives in a well-lit boardroom?
In this case, the audience wants to see details on your slides. Colored backgrounds are distracting and it’s harder to read white knockout text as the font size gets smaller. So you’ll want to use different templates for Boardroom-style presentations.
Here’s four options.
1. Plain white background. This is safe and what business persons expect. It reminds them of a serious business document.
2. Light background. Consultants often use a soft color tint for the background. Use a cool or neutral hue like blue, green or gray.
3. White background with color title bar. Use straight lines for serious business documents. Consider using curved lines for presentations (see how-to video) where you need to hold the audience’s attention like a webinar or a day-long training event.
4. Background images. Rather than use the entire image, crop it and use slices in the top and bottom of the slide. It adds a touch of elegance without the massive distraction. Yes, the full image background looks amazing, but it’s also harder to read and understand.
|Yes: image slices||No: full image
About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the new language of business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.