The slides to include in a Powerpoint Presentation depend on the topic of your presentation and the audience you are addressing. There are some general guidelines that can help you create a compelling and successful presentation. Besides that, there are key slides that you must include in a presentation despite the topic.
In this blog post, we will discuss the most important slides to include in your presentation.
Let’s get started.
1. Title Slide
The first slide of your presentation should be the title slide. This slide should include the name of your company or organization, your logo, and any other relevant information about you as the presenter. You can also include a picture of yourself or someone else in the presentation.
2. Table of Contents Slide
A table of contents is important in a presentation because it helps the audience know what will be discussed in the presentation and where to find specific points or topics that are to be mentioned. It also makes it easier for the audience to follow along with you since they know what points are coming up next.
Information you should include in your table of content includes topics that you will discuss as well as any links that lead to other slides or points in the presentation.
3. Introduction Slide
This slide should introduce the topic of your presentation and provide some context for your audience. It is important to be clear and concise when writing this slide, as it will set the tone for the rest of your presentation.
4. Information Slide
This is where you provide your audience with knowledge about your topic before you continue with the presentation to give them a better understanding of what is to come. You should try and keep it interesting, but you want to make sure that they know this information is necessary for them to comprehend your topic. You also need to ensure that all of the information is factual and accurate.
5. Problem Slide
This slide should identify the problem your audience is facing. You need to make sure that you are clear about the problem, why it exists, who is affected by it, how serious it is, the consequences of not fixing it, and how you plan on solving it.
This slide is often referred to as the “why” slide, as it is important to explain the motivation behind your solution. Most importantly, when presenting, you need to describe the problem in your own words. Avoid using technical jargon or acronyms unless they are widely recognized or clearly explained.
6. Solution Slide
This is where you present a solution to the problem that was identified in the previous slide. You need to make sure that your solution is clear and concise, as well as provide a way for people to implement it.
A good solution slide should:
- Present a simple way to solve the problem while making it something achievable
- Make sure the solution has a simple and easy to follow step-by-step guide
- Have visuals that show that the solution works and why it works
- Use text that is easy to read and understand
- Make sure the solution slide has a few bullet points
- Keep the font size big so that it can be seen from a distance
7. Visual Slide
A Visual Slide is one that contains engaging graphics and/or diagrams. They are used to “grab” the attention of the audience and explain concepts visually (a picture paints a thousand words!). As their name implies, Visual Slides should be “visual.” If you have a lot of text on the slide, then it’s not really a visual slide.
8. Conclusion Slide
This slide summarizes what was discussed in your presentation and gives an overview of the main points. You should also include a call to action on this slide so your audience knows what they need to do next.
9. Q&A or Feedback Slide
This is where you ask your audience to send in their comments and questions about the presentation or topic of discussion. You can also include your contact information so people can reach out to you.
10. Thank You Slide
This slide is where you show appreciation to your audience for their time and attention and the colleagues who helped you make the presentation a success.
These are the most important slides that should be included in your presentation. However, depending on the topic of your presentation, you might need to include other slides such as:
- A slide with your contact information,
- A slide with your company or organization’s website URL
- A slide that contains any other relevant information about you as the presenter
With these general guidelines in mind, you can create a PowerPoint presentation that is tailored to your specific needs and audience. Remember to be clear and concise and to use images and graphics to help explain your points.
Don’t make a presentation too long. Most importantly, always practice your presentation beforehand so that you are confident when delivering it to your audience.