Presentations should not just be a set of bullet points on a slide.
They must tell a story that will impact your audience.
Whether you are trying to spread information or pitching your business idea, pack purpose into that slide deck you are showing.
What makes a winning presentation?
We spoke to Cipriano Mayor, a Magnet Program Director and Professional Excellence Manager at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, for some pro tips.
Mayor oversees nursing excellence programs and hospital-wide initiatives; working alongside teams to maintain accreditation status for the hospital.
His biggest achievement so far is steering Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to getting the UAE’s first Magnet status, considered the gold standard of nursing excellence in the world.
“My line of work requires me to do a lot of speaking engagements internally and out there,” Mayor says, adding he has also been invited to present his work to nursing communities at conferences in Prague, Zurich and Dubai this year.
Mayor is often on his feet, telling a story that helps colleagues understand attractive growth opportunities for their company.
“I am still the jotting-on-the-paper kind of guy but work demands a more professional approach. In some cases, I use Survey Monkey and Kahoots. For other processes, my team uses Piktochart,” he says.
What was the best comment he received for his presentation?
Mayor reveals some of his expert tips to walk you through the process of creating a winning presentation:
1. Pick the most appropriate tool
The backbone of any presentation is the tool you will be working on. There are tons of presentation solutions that help you engage with your audience and communicate your message.
Take advantage of their features to help you plan your presentation. For example, here’s how you can make the most of your presentation with Piktochart. Get your free account to access Piktochart’s free online presentation maker.
You can also check out this review of the 7 best presentation software that you can use.
2. Tap those templates
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3. Use big fonts
You’re done selecting the platform. Now, move on to the message. Make sure your presentation is easy on the eyes with short text and bullet points that can be read by everyone, even the person at the back of the room.
4. Balance words and visuals
Put your content up high so that it is the first thing that jumps at your audience. Don’t forget to dress up your presentation with visuals. If you’re literally illustrating a point, make it big.
4. Check your spelling and grammar
Nothing is as off-putting as a presentation riddled with grammatical mistakes and spelling errors. Misspelled words indicate carelessness or ignorance. Polish your presentation by using a grammar checker to catch any typos and grammatical mistakes.
5. Declutter your slide
A cluttered presentation can overwhelm your audience and take their attention away from your message. Cut out the clutter by avoiding long sentences. Remember, your presentation is just your supporting material, not your full script.
6. Be prepared for a show
Although visual tools can help, the character of the messenger also determines the outcome of a winning presentation.
Remember that people are in the room with you to learn something new, so make sure to make it fun and engaging for everyone.
More presentation sources and tutorials
For more insights on how to nail your next presentation, check out the following resources and tutorials:
- How to Create a Presentation that Inspires, Informs, and Sells (written guide)
- How to Present in Piktochart (video tutorial)
- Make a Business Proposal in 10 Minutes +4 Editable Templates (video tutorial)
- 15 Tips for Engaging, Stress-Free Zoom Presentations + Checklist (written guide+downloadable checklist)
- 14 Fonts That Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Stand Out (written guide)
Take Piktochart for a spin today today and nail your next presentation!