The visual presentations are great for transmitting ideas in a simple and direct way. Check out our tips to ensure success.
After the launch of the first slideshows in 1990, projections have gained significant ground in school, academic, and corporate settings.
It is not difficult to understand why: the possibility of approaching subjects in a more schematic way has met the expectations of about 65% of the global population, which is made up of visual learners. This means that more than half of people learn best when they interact with concepts allied to images and graphic representations.
But not everything is perfect. The popularization of slides also made frequent the exhibition of repetitive and uninteresting materials. So to make yourself stand out, you need to create authentic, interactive content.
To help you produce an unforgettable presentation, we’ve separated 5 tips and 8 free templates, which are available in Canva, an editing and design tool that can assist in all of your creative process.
- Prepare a roadmap and organize your content into topics
A successful presentation depends on a lot of preparation and organization, since you have a mission to clearly convey the results of your work or study.
Whether it’s presenting a school assignment, college research, or a meeting of goals at work, you need to prioritize public understanding.
To be able to elaborate a didactic presentation, to have dominion on the subject is fundamental. So, the first step is to do intense research on your topic. Take the time to explore every aspect of the subject as well as read and watch specialized materials.
After that, you’ll need to turn that search into an easily understandable material. Separate the most relevant passages from the content you studied and start creating a roadmap.
Outlining ideas in topics is a great way to keep your viewer focused, as well as facilitating understanding. Organize your script in a linear flow, approaching each topic as if you were walking a path.
Your script does not have to be rigid. It is likely that you will have new ideas during the creation of your presentation, but having a schedule will help maintain your productivity.
- Maintain the harmony of your presentation with a graphic pattern
Now that you’ve studied your subject and have a sketch ready, you’re free to start producing your visual presentation.
At this point, your first concern should be with the aesthetics of your material. Slides should attract the attention of the audience and convey confidence – something impossible to do if you display disorganized material of poor quality.
To ensure the public understands your whim and mastery of the subject, work on every detail of your presentation design.
Using ready-made and customizable themes is a great idea as long as they are not the ones that already come in the computer package because people are accustomed to seeing them in any presentation.
You need to show something new, which will arouse interest in viewers. To keep the audience focused on your material and what you have to say, the visual balance of the presentation is very important: this is what will convey the organizational feel of your content.
Innovate in textual calls, images, graphs and interaction points, but keep a uniform concept; this is essential to convey your whim.
Another aspect that counts a lot for the balance of your presentation is the visual hierarchy, that is, the different levels of importance of each element in your presentation.
Hierarchy is critical when targeting your audience to the most important parts of your presentation.
You can conduct the view of your viewer in many ways. Increasing the dimensions of an element is one of the most efficient means of highlighting information, but you can also use bright or contrasting colors to achieve a similar result.
To create a focus point and establish the information sequence, it is very interesting to create different levels of size and density for each part of the text (title, subtitle, and body text). Combining different sources for each purpose will also help you differentiate information according to the degree of importance.
Check out some slide show templates that apply visual hierarchy techniques to perfection.
- Choose the color palette that best suits your theme
Have you ever wondered why we use green color when it comes to presenting positive results and red in negatives? And how about the feeling of serenity caused by the blue color, while a tone of yellow gives a more energetic impression?
These sensations caused by colors are called psychological properties.
The colors of your presentation are able to convey ideas or feelings instantly.
When working on the design of your slide show, you need to choose the color palette carefully, since a wrong option can give the reverse impression the one you want.
In addition to the color sensations, the theme of your presentation can also directly influence the choice of your palette.
A classic example is when you are working with some ecology related subject, which has a very strong relationship with the shades of green and brown. Another good example is the use of blue in technological brands (Facebook, Samsung and IBM that say so).
When choosing your color palette, think about the feeling you want to convey, the message you want to convey, and the visual identity of your theme. A wise choice will bring you closer to your audience and facilitate the teaching of your work.
You also need to remember the balance and the pattern in this part. Avoid using too many colors unless this is necessary in your theme. A palette with up to three colors is enough to create variation and visual interest, and you can keep the pattern in every frame of the presentation.
When we talk about colors, it is also important to remember the contrast between background and text. Have you tried reading a text written in yellow on a light blue background? Mission is almost impossible because of the low contrast between these colors.
The colors you choose for your presentation are crucial to the readability of the information. Using the wrong colors may even slow down your work.
If you still need help with the colors of your presentation, check out the customizable templates we have for you.
- Use readable fonts and short texts
Did you have a calligraphy notebook in primary? While it is a tedious task for some people, writing repeatedly in calligraphic lines helps to make the children’s lyrics beautiful and readable.
With the advancement of technology and the uniformity provided by the typed texts, much has changed. The readability and quality of reading depends less on the mechanical abilities of each, but the choice of source is essential.
Choosing the right font for your purpose passes directly through the decision between serif and non-serif fonts. The serifs are small extensions at the end of the stems of each letter, and the presence or not of them radically changes the characteristics of a font.
For the case of slide shows, the best option is the non-serif font. The absence of serifs facilitates reading in digital media (screens, projectors and signs), since the letters have simpler appearance and style.
Serialized fonts are better for printed materials, especially in large portions of text, such as books and manuals. In addition to making reading more enjoyable, serifs also streamline the process of word identification. You can use them if you distribute physical material so that your viewers can follow your presentation.
If you want to get away from common font options such as Arial, Calibri, and Times New Roman, you can download alternate fonts on sites like DaFont and 1001Fonts. Just be sure to check the use licenses and give the credits.
After choosing the font that will mark the textual style of your presentation, it’s time to think about the layout of the topics on each slide.
You need to keep in mind that your presentation is just a supporting material for your speech. The slides are great for basing your arguments and keeping the viewer focused on your message, but they should not be a distraction.
Therefore, avoid long texts. Displaying texts that are identical to your speech or – even worse – that you intend to read during the presentation makes your slides uninteresting, and you miss the opportunity to give even more content richness.
As Aaron Weyenberg teaches: in the texts of the presentation, less often means more.
Organize your ideas into objective topics by combining the text with other elements such as the images and graphics (which you will see below). This will make your presentation much more dynamic and complete.
That way, you will lead your audience through the frames, rather than making you stay in doubt between reading and tracking your presentation.
Take a look at the presentation templates we’ve set out for you.
- Facilitate public understanding with images and graphics
You must already be asking yourself “what about the images and graphics in my presentation?” And you’re absolutely right.
Considering that the purpose of the slides is precisely to translate the intense content that is being presented orally, this makes of this part one of the most important of its creation process.
To maximize the effect you intend to have with the graphics in your presentation, you need to pay attention to three things: purpose, quality, and display.
Purpose is precisely the function that the image will play in its presentation.
If you have a set of statistics difficult to explain, a chart is a great idea because it allows you to translate each information in a didactic way.
If you’re talking about deforestation, why not prove to your audience that the problem is real when showing a photograph of a devastated area?
The golden rule comes down to the role of the figure in your presentation: facilitating understanding or grounding your speech. Just avoid using unnecessary graphics. Remember simplicity and balance.
The quality must be observed both in the visual aspect and in the origin of the graphic.
Using blurry or low-resolution elements conveys an idea of sloppiness about your presentation. So work only with high-definition graphics and images.
The origin must be credible and reliable. Know the source of your graphic elements and be sure of the relevance of the material for your presentation.
Remember the visual hierarchy? For it is precisely she who will influence the display of your graphics and images.
To ensure that the information you want to convey is captured, organize the alignment of the images and graphics, concentrating the viewer’s focus on the most important parts.
Want to make sure you’re applying the images and graphics the right way?
2How to Create a Study Plan
The first step in gaining the approval of your dreams is to prepare detailed planning.
Have you decided to immerse yourself in the studies to gain your exam approval? Congratulations, this is a great start!
Studying the high school curriculum requires time and focus, so you should have a detailed schedule. With each content learned, you will be even closer to your college course.
Check out the complete guide that we have prepared especially for you. In it, you will find information about the test and the most charged subjects, how you will be evaluated, study tips and – of course – how to put it all together into a perfect study plan.
- Know the exam structure and understand how the content is charged
In order to prepare your study plan, the first step is to know the INEP reference matrix. Despite the complicated name, they are very didactic and describe well what Brazilian universities expect of you: the domain of skills and abilities essential to the four areas of knowledge of High School:
- Mathematics and its Technologies
- Languages, Codes and Technologies
- Natural Sciences and their Technologies
- Human Sciences and their Technologies
- In addition to the four fields of study above, you also need to prepare to write a essay, demonstrating that you are able to present your ideas on a topic using the cultured standard of the Portuguese language.
When analyzing the reference matrices, you will notice that the Exam focuses on interdisciplinary studies, that is, that they mix more than one subject. For example, it is not enough to know Chemistry and leave Biology aside: you have to recognize the subjects as part of a universe of knowledge.
“God, how can I learn all this in such a short time?” “Calm down, you need not despair.
It is true that the ideal is for you to study the entire High School grades, but you can use the time and statistics in your favor prioritizing the most charged subjects.
You will also be ahead of the competition if you understand how the evaluation of your test responses works. The Exam has a weighting mechanism for the questions you answer, known as Item Response Theory (TRI).
TRI is a system that uses statistical data and mathematical theories to classify your mistakes and correctness in the test at different levels: easy, medium and difficult. With this application, it is not enough that you have a good performance in the number of questions, because you are also evaluated by the degree of difficulty of each answer.
If you have a good performance on difficult issues, but do not do so well on easy questions, TRI reduces the weight of hits, as there is a high probability that you have “kicked” the answers. In the same sense, guessing many basic questions will raise your grade, since this demonstrates that you have mastered the subject.
And how do you know which parts of the test should pay more attention? Well, you do not. Do not bother to sort the evidence on your own because you will end up wasting precious time. On the big day, you should focus on all issues in the same way.
The big difference is in the way you work out your study plan. Take the time to learn the essentials of each subject. That way, you increase your chances of performing well in the easy part of the Exam. Just go to the trickiest part of the content when you master the basics.
In order for you to better understand what are the most charged subjects in the exam and how your answers will be evaluated, we prepare an infographic with all the details. Check below: