We all want to create unique and engaging slideshows. However, we undermine this goal when we start the creation process by opening PowerPoint, and selecting a prepackaged design template as the basis for our entire presentation. These templates can stifle our creativity and often lead to typical (boring) presentations. Think back to the last few presentations that you attended… did any of the presenter’s slides use background designs and bullet point graphics that you have seen before?
With that being said, it can be intimidating to start a presentation with the “blank” template, especially if you’re new to the idea of presentation zen. As a compromise, consider starting with a simple, clean template, and then mixing in some different designs and backgrounds on a select number of slides. PowerPoint practically forces you to use the same template background on every slide, however, so you have to know the trick!