Slides Preparation Checklist

1. Glance test: three seconds should be enough for the audience to understand a slide’s message.

2. Zoom-out test: open on a standard PC screen, slides should stay clear even if zoomed-out to 30%.

3. Briefness: make sure a slide doesn’t contain more than 5-7 words on it.

4. Simplicity: change the concept of a slide if you see that many people from the audience can misunderstand it.

5. Priority: make sure a slide doesn’t contain any essential information absent in your speech. Priority is for your message, not slides here.

6. Sound effect: preparing slides, make sure your presentation doesn’t contain any unnecessary sound effects. Remove them.

7. Visual effect: your presentation should not contain any unnecessary visual effects, which could draw audience attention away from the essential information.

8. Unity: one slide equals one idea. If it supports a few ideas, you better create several slides for them.

9. Design consistency: all slides should look visually relevant, not a sequence of unrelated ones.

10. Unique design: use unique layouts and images for slides.

11. Color scheme: make sure it’s easily scannable.

12. Colors of key points: they should contrast with secondary elements.

13. Background: it should be detailed and made of highly saturated color.

14. Data presentation complexibility: make sure all charts, diagrams, and other visual effects are easy to scan.

15. Data presentation congruence: visual elements of your slides should correspond to the message of your presentation.