All of the Components You Need for the Perfect Presentation Template
Depending on what you’ve got planned for your next webinar, your presentation slides are a very big component. Likely, the slides are what participants will be looking at the most (unless you’re planning on the speaker being the visual) as they tune into the webinar.
The presentation slides accomplish a lot at once: they give participants something to look at while they’re listening, they assist you (or the speaker) share the right information, they solidify your brand and targeted messaging, and they help the audience get the information they came to get!
So, with all of these things to accomplish, you’ve got to come up with some pretty great slides. In order to make the most out of your slides, you can start by making a template, so that every slide looks similar.
The template should reflect your brand and/or assist the messaging of the webinar. This should come across in the colors you choose for your template. If all of your branding materials are blue and green, creating a red template may not be the way to go. When choosing colors, make sure they are easy to read so webinar participants don’t have to strain to see the slides.
Next, start filling in the content of your slides. Begin with the title slide — which is the first thing your participants are going to see (no pressure). Be sure to include the title of your webinar, a definitive subtitle, your logo, and possibly an image.
Follow that with a slide that explains who the presenter is; perhaps a picture. Don’t feel compelled to write biographies here, as you can simply say that on the webinar. Next, create an agenda slide that shows exactly what you’re planning to present on.
The “meat” of your presentation will vary depending on what your topic is, but here are a few helpful things you might consider including on your slides:
- Screenshots (from the phone or computer) to assist in how-to training
- Visual aids: icons, charts, graphs, and even gifs can liven up a presentation
- Data, metrics, and stats — numbers can drive your point home!
- Great photography is eye-catching and leaves lasting memories
Toward the end of you presentation, it’s a great idea to include a recap slide to remind viewers of everything you’ve covered. You’ll also want to offer a strong call-to-action — don’t be afraid to dedicate an entire slide to it! Tell your participants what they should do next (i.e. what you want them to do next) and exactly how to do it.
When you’re done making your presentation, make sure to proofread it so it’s free of any typos or mistakes. Then, use it as you practice to get more comfortable with it. Plus, you can use your practice time to see if you need to make additional slides, or even eliminate or edit some.
Once you’ve made a really great template, you will be able to use this for hosting webinars for years to come! Of course, you’ll have to change the content a little, but you’ll have a flawless method to build from.