A presentation is attractive based on its first impression which includes its looks but also the experience it promises.
Just like an attractive person is beautiful, but also has charm - an attractive presentation has a balanced design, beautiful visuals, and elegant fonts, but also inviting animations, moving words, and authenticity.
When setting out to create a presentation, you want it to be engaging, informative, and yes, attractive. But have you ever paused to consider what 'attractive' truly means in this context?
We all understand that a beautiful presentation is aesthetically pleasing but is it necessarily attractive?
Attractiveness in a presentation goes beyond beauty. It's beauty coupled with charm.
Charm is the emotional attractiveness that makes an audience want to engage with content. It’s the images and words that resonate with them. It's the narrative that turns your facts and figures into a story they can identify with.
It's the difference between a presentation that looks real-pretty but no one likes reading, and one that they wouldn’t stop reading if you asked.
And here's my point: PowerPoint, for all its capabilities, lets you make beautiful slides that no one likes reading.
That’s why, in this post, we're going to dive into alternatives to PowerPoint that let you make the attractive presentations your audience deserves.
Let's get started!
Aesthetically pleasing PowerPoint slides might seem attractive, but they lack the essential ingredient of modern presentations - engagement.
PowerPoint fails to provide the experience we’ve become accustomed to expecting from even the simplest webpage.
With its static nature, with mostly text and a bit of visuals to communicate information. It’s like talking to your audience through a veil without having your body language give depth of meaning to your words.
Worse yet, PowerPoint’s 16:9 slide format was meant for the slide projectors we had 30 years ago. Nowadays this format feels like having a conversation where you can only speak in 5-word sentences.
What if I wanna say more than I can fit on a standard slide? What if I wanna say something with a video, or show on a long timeline?
Moreover, what if my audience wants to read my presentation on their mobile when they’re on the go? Doing this is unbearable with PowerPoint (if you’re not walking around with a mini-slide projector in your pocket).
Even if your audience is made of fanatics that won’t rest until they read your presentation, the endless pinching in and out on mobile devices will discourage even the most zealous person from reading your presentation after a few seconds.
PowerPoint is a relic from a bygone era, trying to deliver an experience it wasn't designed for.
Just take a look at these 2 presentations. Which one would you rather read?
Creating an attractive presentation is more than just about aesthetics. It's about crafting an engaging, interactive experience that not only looks good but also immediately builds interest and effectively communicates your message.
Here's how you can do it:
Scrollytelling is where "scroll" meets "storytelling". It's an interactive content experience that guides your readers through a narrative journey with a simple scroll.
Scrollytelling connects text, images, videos, and animations into integrated “scenes” where content is both shown and narrated. It breaks complex content into digestible chunks and gives your readers control over the pace.
This enhances your presentation’s engagement, understandability, and memorability.
Here’s an example of Storydoc scrollytelling:
Interactive features can make your deck more engaging and memorable. This could include sliders, tabs to click through, or live data calculators.
These elements invite your audience to participate, making them active learners rather than passive listeners.
Videos, images, and audio clips can make your presentation more dynamic and engaging. They can help explain complex concepts, provide real-world examples, or simply break up text-heavy slides.
Consistency is key in design. All through your presentation, stick to a single color scheme, font style, and layout.
This not only makes your presentation look professional but also helps your audience follow along and understand your message better.
Our data exposes that 1 out of 3 people will read your presentation on mobile. Make sure your presentation looks good and functions well on different devices.
What looks good on a desktop might not work on a mobile device. Testing ensures that your audience has a positive experience, no matter how they access your presentation.
End your presentation by connecting your main message with something your readers can do to make their lives even a tiny bit better. Use a call-to-action (CTA) to prompt your audience to take a specific action.
This could be signing up for a newsletter, downloading a resource, or scheduling a meeting. A clear, compelling CTA slide can help you achieve your presentation goals.
Here’s an example of a presentation with an embedded calendar:
Turning a dull presentation into an exciting one isn't as hard as it might seem. Here's how you can inject some life into your presentations:
Make your first slide embody your main message. Use a video or animation that hints at what’s inside the presentation.
Think - a smiling family on a turquoise beach, for a presentation about tourist destinations, or an in-action preview of your product if your presentation is showcasing a new device or software.
Pair this with a strong title that promises how whatever you offer can impact the reader's life for the better. Think - “A vacation your kids will never forget”.
Start by setting the stage for your audience. Include an introduction slide that gives a brief overview of what your presentation is about and why it's relevant. Add an agenda to provide a roadmap of what you'll cover.
Also, consider sharing the average reading time to help your audience plan their time. This simple fix can get 25% more people to start reading!
Here’s the difference it can make:
In addition, Storydoc templates come with a slide bar that highlights the slide you're currently viewing and shows your progress through the presentation, providing a visual guide for your audience.
This feature can further enhance the audience's understanding of the presentation's structure and flow, helping them anticipate what's coming next and manage their attention and engagement effectively.
Here’s an example of a presentation that uses this feature:
Data is crucial, but it can be dry and hard to understand. Make your numbers come alive by visualizing them. Use charts, graphs, or infographics to make complex data easy to digest and engaging.
Use live charts and graphs that let the reader interact with them and expose more information as they like.
Here’s an example of how data visualization can transform your deck:
Stories are powerful tools in presentations. They transform your audience from passive listeners to active participants, making them feel like they're part of the narrative.
This is crucial because when your audience feels engaged and in control, they're more likely to remember your message.
But don't just take our word for it. Data from Sales Hacker shows that prospects remember only up to 10% of numbers and around 25% of images they see.
However, when your message is woven into a story, memory retention skyrockets to 60-70%!
Here’s our recommended presentation storyline:
Interactive elements add an extra layer of engagement that keeps your audience hooked.
Think of elements like tabs that reveal different product benefits, live data calculators, or sliders showcasing case studies and customer testimonials.
These interactive features invite your audience to engage with your content actively, rather than just passively reading it.
And the results speak for themselves. Decks with interactive components were scrolled to the bottom 41% more often and were read 21% longer.
Here’s how interactive elements can enhance your presentation:
If you're making presentations as a team effort you may be asking “How can I collaborate on presentations while keeping them attractive?”
It's a delicate balance between allowing creative input and maintaining design consistency. So, how can you achieve this balance?
Here are some strategies:
The first step is to choose an intuitive editor that's user-friendly and safeguards the design. It should be a walled garden, designed to allow creators to collaborate on creating content with limited design leeway.
A walled garden editor limits the design decisions you can make to options that maintain a beautiful design always.
This lets your team focus on enhancing the contents of your presentation, without worrying about accidentally altering the layout or design elements and breaking the presentation.
The only walled garden presentation maker we know is Storydoc. Maybe you’d like to give it a try.
Collaboration doesn't mean everyone needs full access to edit the design. In fact, too many cooks can spoil the broth. By assigning limited editing access, team members can contribute to the content without being able to alter the design.
This ensures that your presentation remains visually consistent, regardless of how many people are working on it.
Visuals are the lifeblood of an engaging presentation. They breathe life into complex ideas, making them easier to understand and more enjoyable to consume.
That's where a shared library comes in handy.
You can create a collection of high-quality images, videos, and graphics that your team can dip into whenever they need to add a visual punch to your presentation.
This way, your content always looks its best, and your message comes across loud and clear.
Consistency in colors and branding is key to creating an attractive presentation. It makes your presentation look professional and reinforces your brand identity.
If you want a recognizable brand you should standardize any content you make with one single source of truth - your brand book.
Based on your brand book, you can apply your brand colors, fonts, and design language to any presentation your team creates in the Storydoc design settings.
This eliminates the risk of inconsistent branding and helps maintain the visual appeal of your presentation.
Here's what our editor looks like:
Looking for some inspiration to kickstart your next presentation? You're in the right place!
In this section, we'll walk you through some stunning examples of presentations from various industries and use cases. These aren't just pretty to look at - they're crafted to engage, inform, and impress.
So, whether you're presenting a business proposal, sharing research findings, or launching a new product, there's something here to spark your creativity. Let's dive in:
If you want to see more samples, check out our post containing 52 perfect presentation examples to set you apart.
To create an attractive presentation, you need a mix of engaging content, compelling visuals, and a logical flow that carries your audience along. At first, it can be challenging to get it right, which is why we have something to make your life easier.
Interactive presentation templates are the way to go. They offer a ready-made structure that's designed to be engaging, visually appealing, and easy to customize. With a template, you can focus on your content, knowing that the design is already taken care of.
Pick one from our library and create your most beautiful presentation yet.
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