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How to Create the Best PowerPoint Presentations [Examples & Templates]
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Some presentations are better than others. Some have gorgeous designs. Some have insanely actionable takeaways. Some just give down-to-earth advice. But the best presentations represent all three.
And if you're looking to get started making your own presentation, why not learn from the best of the best?
To help you kick your own presentations up a notch, we've curated 24 awesome PowerPoint and SlideShare decks below.
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When you're clicking through the presentations below, notice how they weave an interesting story through the format, design their slides, and make their presentations interactive with features exclusive to the platform on which they were created. These are all crucial elements to making an awesome presentation — ones that you can certainly adapt and apply them to your own, with the right approach.
Even better — you may just learn something new about marketing while you're at it.
- Less is more.
- Keep text to a minimum.
- Rethink visuals.
- Incorporate multimedia.
1. Less is more.
Here's the thing — SlideShare exists for a reason. It allows users to view information in a presentation format without having to go somewhere else to see it presented. When you, a human being, deliver a presentation, chances are that that's part of the reason why people are tuning in. They care about the topic, but they also are curious about the person speaking on it.
That's why it can be valuable to keep your slides simple when delivering a presentation to an audience in-person. You want the focus to be on the message, rather than just the slides themselves. Keep the slides on-topic, but simple enough that people can still pay attention to what you're saying, using the visual presentation to support your message.
2. Keep text to a minimum.
One way to accomplish the aforementioned simplicity is to reduce the amount of text in your presentation. People recall information better when images are paired with it (as opposed to text), so to help your message resonate with the audience, focus on visual content when you create your slides — we'll cover more on that in a bit.
3. Rethink visuals.
When you reduce the amount of text in your slides, you'll need compelling visuals to support the message you're delivering to your audience. But that doesn't mean you can just throw some nice-looking photos onto your deck and move on. Like any other content strategy, the visual elements of your presentation need to be strategic and relevant.
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While PowerPoint templates have come a long way since the program was first unveiled to the world, chances are, they're still commonly used. To help make your presentation unique, choose a theme that your audience hasn't seen dozens of times before — one that matches your brand and complements the topic you're speaking about.
Sometimes, it pays to look beyond to other presentation platforms other than PowerPoint to find unique templates, like Prezi. There are also many visual content design sites that offer customizable templates that you can adapt for your own brand and topic, like Canva. In fact, in addition to templates, Canva also offers its very own platform for building presentations from scratch .
Additionally, you can also take a look at Venngage's free presentation maker for more professionally designed templates, icons and high-quality stock photos that you can use right away.
Charts and Graphs
One of the best ways to support the message you're delivering in your presentation is by including data and statistics — and the good news is that they, too, can be represented visually, rather than bulleted out in text.
That's where charts and graphs come in: They provide a colorful and engaging way to present the details that support your point. That said, make sure they fit in with the rest of your presentation's visual theme -- otherwise, it'll distract the audience from what you're talking about, rather than enhancing it.
There's been some research around the way color can influence our emotions , especially when used in marketing.
And while the goal of your presentation may not necessarily be to make a sale, you might be trying to invoke certain feelings or impressions, which a strategic use of color can help you do. Check out Coschedule's guide on the psychology of color in marketing, which highlights the ways different tones, shades, and combinations can influence purchasing decisions.
When you do include text, you want it to be readable enough for your audience to fully consume and interpret it easily enough to avoid becoming distracted from your message. If you include text that's too small or dense to easily read, they'll become too focused on trying to decipher it to pay attention to what you're saying.
That's why the designers at Visage recommend choosing Sans Serif fonts that opt for "legibility over fun," noting that text should not only be big enough for people in the back of the room to read it, but also, presented in the right color to maintain visibility over your background.
Incorporating this fabulous visual content into your presentation will go to waste if the images are low-quality. Make sure your photos and other visual assets are high-resolution enough to be crisp and clear when displayed on a huge presentation screen.
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There's a reason why we love examples. You can give out the best advice available, but sometimes, in order to believe it, people need to see it in practice.
Multimedia is one way to achieve that — in a manner that can also capture and maintain your audience's attention. A simple Google search for " music in presentations " yields enough soundtrack results to suggests that it's a unique way of engaging your audience, or at least create a welcoming atmosphere before and after you speak.
Within the presentation itself, video — as it is in so many other applications — serves as valuable visual content to keep your audience engaged. After all, 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers , often because it helps to illustrate and explain theories in practice in a way that the spoken word or photographs can't do alone.
- How to Produce Better Content Ideas, Mark Johnstone
- How Google Works, Eric Schmidt
- Fix Your Really Bad PowerPoint, Slide Comet
- Why Content Marketing Fails, Rand Fishkin
- The What If Technique, Motivate Design
- Digital Strategy 101, Bud Caddell
- 10 Ways to Win the Internets, Upworthy
- Crap: The Content Marketing Deluge, Velocity Partners
- What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World's Most Captivating Presenters, HubSpot
- How I Got 2.5 Million Views on SlideShare, Nick Demey
- 10 Powerful Body Language Tips for Your Next Presentation, Soap Presentations
- What 33 Successful Entrepreneurs Learned From Failure, ReferralCandy
- Displaying Data, Bipul Deb Nath
- Design Your Career 2017, Slides That Rock
- A-Z Culture Glossary 2017, sparks & honey
- The History of SEO, HubSpot
- 5 Killer Ways to Design The Same Slide, Crispy Presentations
- The Seven Deadly Social Media Sins, XPLAIN
- The Minimum Lovable Product, Spook Studio
- How to Teach Yourself HTML and CSS This Month, Ryan Bonhardt
- How People Really Hold and Touch (Their Phones), Steven Hoober
- How to Really Get Into Marketing, Inbound.org
- Search for Meaning in B2B Marketing, Velocity Partners
1. How to Produce Better Content Ideas Mark Johnstone
We all get writer's block sometimes. You'll stare at a screen, hoping for inspiration to strike — and for that idea to be amazing.
But that's not actually the best way to think of ideas. In the presentation below, Mark Johnstone outlines a better way to brainstorm ideas that will help build your business.
2. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt
Ever wonder what it's actually like to work at Google? The presentation below from Eric Schmidt (Alphabet, Inc.'s Executive Chairman and ex-CEO of Google) could clue you in — it outlines some of the top lessons he and his team have learned from running and hiring for one of the top companies in the world. Besides giving you a peek behind the scenes of a top company, it could inspire you to make changes to the way your business runs.
3. Fix Your Really Bad PowerPoint by Slide Comet
Okay, maybe your PowerPoint isn't that bad, but this presentation has some awesome takeaways we all could learn from. Even if you're following all the tips in this presentation (inspired by Seth Godin's e-book), you can sure be inspired by its expert copy and design.
4. Why Content Marketing Fails by Rand Fishkin
Sometimes, the most helpful pieces of content tell you what not to do. Rand Fishkin's presentation does just that. He takes an in-depth look at the most common reasons people fail at content marketing — and offers practical, original advice on fixing it.
5. The What If Technique by Motivate Design
Most marketers are looking to grow ... but sometimes they can get stuck making incremental improvements. While these improvements are growth, larger, bigger growth jumps are what most people want. To help you get unstuck from incrementalism, Motivate Design outlined a process in the presentation below.
6. Digital Strategy 101 by Bud Caddell
Even though this presentation is almost 100 slides long, its content is pure gold. Caddell answers some of the biggest FAQs about digital strategy in a very accessible way. The reason his slides are so straightforward is because of the way he's laid them out. He's really adept at making "animated" slides explain his story — something we all should learn how to do.
7. 10 Ways to Win the Internets by Upworthy
Even though Upworthy's got a bad rap for creating clickbait headlines, their lessons on going viral are incredibly interesting. Besides having great advice about going viral, Upworthy does a great job of making its presentation interactive using clickable links .
8. Crap: The Content Marketing Deluge by Velocity Partners
Even though this SlideShare is a few years old, it's one every content marketer should flip through. The reason we love it so much is because the message — and delivery of that message — is pretty much flawless. Definitely take a second to flip through the presentation, as you'll learn a great lesson while also soaking up a great piece of SlideShare content.
9. What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World's Most Captivating Presenters by HubSpot
Not to toot our own horn, but this presentation has been one of our most successful ones, so we wanted to share it with you. I personally love how actionable tips are provided in a visual way. For example, in slides 47 through 49, the author explains the difference between "showing" and "telling" by putting the word "circle" next to a picture of a circle. Although showing, not telling, is a key storytelling technique in writing, it's especially effective in presentations.
10. How I Got 2.5 Million Views on SlideShare by Nick Demey
Feeling inspired to create a SlideShare of your own? Make sure you flip through Nick Demey's presentation first. He shares some tried-and-true tips for creating awesome presentations that rack up tons of views.
11. 10 Powerful Body Language Tips for Your Next Presentation by Soap Presentations
This presentation is inspirational from a design perspective -- we especially love the color scheme. Using complementary colors (colors opposite each other on the color wheel) can be overwhelming at times, but because Soap Presentations uses them with lots of white space in the background, the colors draw your attention to the content of the slides.
12. What 33 Successful Entrepreneurs Learned From Failure by ReferralCandy
Learning from mistakes is a crucial part of growing in your professional and personal lives. But sometimes, it's better to learn from others' mistakes instead of making them yourself. This presentation outlines some core lessons successful entrepreneurs have learned by making mistakes. Read on so you don't have to make the same ones.
13. Displaying Data by Bipul Deb Nath
We admire presentation for its exceptional display of data — now this post will explain how to do the same in your own presentations. I also love how this presentation is very concise and minimal, as it helps communicate a fairly advanced topic in an easy-to-understand way.
14. Design Your Career 2017 by Slides That Rock
This advice of this presentation is applicable (and its design admirable) even a few years later. The whole black-and-white color scheme really makes the salmon accent color pop — and the SlideShare creatively combines these elements for different slide layouts. Definitely bookmark this presentation as an example of a great SlideShare design.
15. A-Z Culture Glossary 2017 by sparks & honey
The first time I heard the phrase "on fleek," I had no idea what it meant. (Apparently, it's a term that means "on point," in case you were wondering.)
If you're like me and feel like it's nearly impossible to keep up with the latest cultural trends, spend time with the presentation below. It'll outline the most popular trends you should know this year — most definitely worth a read.
16. The History of SEO by HubSpot
SEO’s changed a lot in the past two decades. Most of us are concerned with keeping up with the latest and greatest changes … but have you ever taken a minute to step back in time? The presentation below will walk you through SEO history from the very beginning — it's been a fascinating ride.
17. 5 Killer Ways to Design the Same Slide by Crispy Presentations
Once you start designing presentations, it’s easy to fall back on tried-and-true layouts, photos, fonts, and colors. While keeping everything consistent can be good for branding or for shipping a deck quickly, it can also prevent people from noticing the awesome new content you’ve put together. The quick presentation below shows you a few different ways you can design the same slide — all depending on what you want it to accomplish.
18. The Seven Deadly Social Media Sins by XPLAIN
Besides having some great takeaways for any inbound marketer, I love how this presentation successfully uses Creative Commons images in almost every slide. It's pretty inspirational -- even if you don't have budget for stock photos, you can have an engaging presentation.
19. The Minimum Lovable Product by Spook Studio
When they’re first getting started, many startups and agile teams talk about creating a minimal viable product — using the smallest amount of resources to produce something that’s good enough to begin testing. After all, why pour tons of resources into something that you don’t know will work?
This presentation challenges the MVP concept in favor for creating something that people love. Check it out — it has lessons even for those of us who aren’t building technology every day.
20. How to Teach Yourself HTML and CSS This Month by Ryan Bonhardt
Lots of people have “learn to code” on their to-do list ... but they never get to it. In marketing, knowing how to navigate code is becoming even more important to being successful. If you’ve been waiting to get started with coding, check out the presentation below.
21. How People Really Hold and Touch (Their Phones) by Steven Hoober
When you hear the phrase “design for mobile” what do you think? Probably that you need to create a responsive website, and that’s about it.
But that’s not all you need to worry about. When you’re creating mobile-optimized content, you need to know how people actually use their phones — and the presentation below will you a great overview of consumer behavior.
22. How to Really Get Into Marketing by Inbound.org
If you're graduating from school or making a career change and looking to get into marketing, it can feel tough to actually get started. It's one of those "you need experience to get the job, but you have no experience" conundrums.
Well, that's where this presentation comes in. Hull growth marketer Ed Fry — once employee #1 at Inbound.org — gives real, actionable tips to help you get your foot in the door at your next marketing gig.
23. Search for Meaning in B2B Marketing by Velocity Partners
Sometimes, it's easy to get bogged down and think you're doing "just marketing." You're not operating on people and saving lives, right?
From the creators of "Crap: The Content Marketing Deluge" comes the following presentation. If you're ever feeling down-in-the-dumps about marketing, I'd highly recommend reading it. It's thoughtful, funny, and a great presentation to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day.
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There are way too many bad PowerPoint presentation examples that can bore you to death. Well, today’s post is not about them. We believe that it’s always important to show the good examples out there and follow their lead. We admit it, it was pretty hard to dig out the good PowerPoint presentation examples from the mass. We’ve added our opinion on each piece and why we believe it’s worthy of being included in this collection. Let’s begin!
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1. The Sketchnote Mini-Workshop by Mike Rohde
An eye-catchy PowerPoint presentation example whose content is fully hand-written. What we love about this design, is the high personalization level that is achieved via handwriting. It almost feels like the author is drawing and writing in front of the viewers’ eyes. A digital presentation that conveys a physical feeling.
2. 10 Ways to Spread The Love in The Office by Elodie A.
The following presentation is a real eye candy. We can’t help it, the cartoon style lives in our hearts. An incredibly appealing PowerPoint presentation that brings positive vibes and a good mood through vibrant cartoon illustrations. It gets bonus points for the usage of bullet points and little text.
3. The Great State of Design with CSS Grid Layout and Friends by Stacy Kvernmo
A presentation that tells a story is always a good example that everyone should follow. This PowerPoint presentation has a lot of slides that tell different mini-stories. The way they are depicted is really engaging – they almost look like a sequence of frames that make up a video. This technique really nails the viewers’ attention.
4. We live in a VUCA world by Little Dragon Films
A classy design of a PowerPoint presentation example – a dark theme and white font on top with just a single color accent – red. Such designs are really suitable for serious topics like this one. To soften the contrast between the black background and white font, the author has used a gradient on the background which gives the illusion of soft light in the middle of the design.
5. 2017 Marketing Predictions—Marketo by Marketo
A design that was made over a year ago but it’s still really trendy. In the following PowerPoint presentation example, we can see the combination of 3D shapes, beautiful hand-written fonts, negative space techniques, and more. The overall feeling is of futuristic design. Moreover, they used the color of 2018 – Ultra Violet for their color scheme. Maybe, they did predict the future after all.
6. 10 Ways Your Boss Kills Employee Motivation by Officevibe
Who doesn’t like to see a familiar face? We know your audience does! It’s proven that if you show a familiar face to your viewers, you nail their attention and boost their engagement level. This is the technique used in the following PowePoint presentation. Moreover, the inner slides of the presentation are also cartoons with big conceptual illustrations and little text. The formula for a really good presentation.
7. How to Successfully Run a Remote Team from Weekdone.com
We haven’t really seen many PowerPoint presentation examples with top-view illustrations. The following presentation really reminded us that when presenting to an audience, you should always think: How to make your design stand out from the rest? Well, this one really caught our eye. In addition, we love the bright colors, geometric shapes, and overall flat feeling, all of which are among the graphic design trends for 2022 .
8. SXSW 2018 – Top Trends by Matteo Sarzana
People love visuals and this is an undeniable fact. The whole PowerPoint presentation is built on high-quality photos, each including a little tagline in the middle. We love the consistency, we love the factor of surprise, and we love the high engagement level this presentation creates. Just make sure to back up such presentation type with a good speech!
9. How to study effectively? by sadraus
Semi-transparent overlays, geometric shapes, a video inside… Everything about this PowerPoint presentation screams “modern”. The grayscale coloring is accompanied by a fresh green color accent. The choice of images clearly suggests that the target audience is young people. The overall feeling that we get from this PowerPoint presentation – is youthful and modern.
10. Study: The Future of VR, AR, and Self-Driving Cars by LinkedIn
A presentation about the future should look futuristic, right? The following PowerPoint presentation example is proof that you should always connect the subject of your presentation to its design. Everything in this presentation speaks of futuristic: the choice of fonts, colors, effects, and even some elements look like holograms from the future.
11. 9 things I’ve learned about SaaS by Christoph Janz
A PowerPoint presentation example created in a consistent style by using a blue theme. Why did we include this presentation? We love the fact that the author has shown an alternation of text and visuals (from slides 7 to 22). This technique is proven to hold the attention of the viewer. Moreover, the way the graphics are presented (on a napkin) draws the interest even more.
12. How To Achieve Something Extraordinary In Life by Sultan Suleman Chaudhry
A PowerPoint presentation example that shows consistency and style by using a strict color scheme: orange, beige, and deep blue. Orange and blue are one of the most popular contrasting combinations widely used in all kinds of designs. If you are not sure what colors to go with, simply choose a tested color scheme.
13. New trends to look out for 2018 winter season by FemmeConnection
Geometric shapes and negative space techniques are among the graphic design trends for 2018 which is why we see them often in PowerPoint presentation examples and other designs. In the following presentation, we can see a collection of women’s clothes presented in a very engaging way with the help of rounded geometric shapes, negative space technique, and the color pink.
14. Fear of Failure by Sultan Suleman Chaudhry
Speaking of the usage of geometric elements in the presentation’s design, let’s see another example. An elegant design decorated with circles, triangles, and more geometric details. What else we love about this presentation is that it only has one color accent – light yellow which looks classy and pleasant for the eye.
15. The Three Lies About Your Age by Sean Si
A great choice of fonts, beautiful semi-transparent geometric elements, and trendy futuristic colors. This is one of the PowerPoint presentation examples that we absolutely love. The story is engaging and the design is extremely appealing – a combination that keeps the viewers’ eyes on the screen from the beginning till the end.
16. Secrets to a Great Team by Elodie A.
Bright, fun, using lots of illustrations and cartoon characters – definitely our kind of PowerPoint presentation. Why do we love it so much? Well, cartoons are real ice-breakers between you and your audience. Moreover, cartoon characters are easier to relate to than a real human face. If you need to connect on a deeper level with your audience, this is your kind of presentation!
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17. How to Build a Dynamic Social Media Plan by Post Planner
A great presentation PowerPoint example with watercolor illustrations and backgrounds that look hand-drawn. We also see semi-transparent colorful overlays, high-quality conceptual photos, and great, useful content. What more would you want from a presentation, right?
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5 of The Best PowerPoint Presentation Examples
Wh ether you present professionally or if you're just looking to get inspired for your next PowerPoint/SlideShare presentation, look no further. We've compiled a list of five of the best PowerPoint/SlideShare presentation examples.
These best practice approaches will help you get on track to improve your presentation and deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for your audience.
Your attendees will thank you, your colleagues will praise you and you'll congratulate yourself for delivering a high impact presentation. Check out the SlideShares below.
Based on the ebook, Really Bad PowerPoint (and how to avoid it) , by marketing visionary Seth Godin , this presentation clues us in on some tips to help fix - what many can consider as - “horrible PowerPoints.”
Of course, you can also expect some great takeaways about marketing and sales from the marketing guru himself.
2. "What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World's Most Captivating Presenters"
Brought to you by the team at HubSpot , this presentation provides actionable tips delivered in a visual way. It features lessons - using examples - from some of the great presenters of our time. It helps explain the importance of storytelling and using simple visuals to help show your audience the message you have in mind.
3. "How I Got 2.5 Million Views on SlideShare," Nick Demey
Nick Demey has created powerpoint presentations that have gotten over 2.5 million views on SlideShare. In this deck, he shares some tips and tricks for creating awesome presentations to help you potentially achieve the same thing.
4. "10 Powerful Body Language Tips for Your Next Presentation"
Have you ever wondered about how much body language can affect a presentation? This PowerPoint talk provides body language tips that will help change the way you present.
The design and overall aesthetics of this PowerPoint is also something to keep in mind when designing your next presentation.
5. "5 Killer Ways to Design the Same Slide"
Design plays an important part in creating a captivating presentation. It can potentially be as important as the content itself - when trying to get a point across. Visual communication is a major way people receive information during presentations. This quick powerpoint shows you a few different ways you can design the same slide ( that's all centered around the same content) depending on what you want your presentation to accomplish.
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You can also select another idea from the pane or go back to your original slide design: Press Ctrl+Z to undo a design change you've just selected.
What Designer gives you:
A title-slide photo and a design scheme
When you start a blank presentation and enter words on the slide, Designer recommends high-quality photos that reflect the slide text, plus a design scheme with colors that complement the photograph you choose. All the slides in the presentation will fit together visually.
Designer detects pictures, charts, or tables on a slide and gives you several suggestions for arranging them in a cohesive, attractive layout.
More visuals, less text
Too much text on your slide? Designer can turn text such as lists, processes, or timelines into an easily readable graphic.
Bulleted lists get suggestions for an icon to accompany each bullet item. If you don't like a suggested icon, just select it and use our on-the-spot replacement button:
Designer watches for key terms and concepts that it has illustrations for, and it shows you those illustrations in various layouts. The Illustrations are from the Microsoft 365 icons library.
Designer and "ink"
(Only for Microsoft 365 subscribers) Designer recognizes when you draw or write with ink, and it incorporates that content into the design ideas it shows you.
Turn off Designer
If you don't want Designer to automatically offer suggestions:
On the File menu, click Options .
In the PowerPoint Options dialog box, click the General tab on the left, then scroll toward the bottom and clear the Automatically show me design ideas check box.
Requirements for designer on windows.
Ask for design ideas any time by choosing Design > Designer on the ribbon.
The first time you try out Designer, it asks your permission to get design ideas for you. If you want to use Designer, select Turn on or Let's go .
Once you've turned on intelligent services, PowerPoint automatically shows you design ideas when you add photos to your slides.
You can also select another idea from the pane or go back to your original slide design: Press ⌘+Z to undo a design change you've just selected.
Designer can turn text such as lists, processes, or timelines into an easily readable SmartArt graphic.
If you don't want Designer to offer suggestions:
On the PowerPoint menu, select Preferences .
Under Authoring and Proofing Tools , select General .
In the General dialog box, under PowerPoint Designer , clear the Automatically show me design ideas check box.
- The Designer button is grayed out
If you can see the Designer button in PowerPoint but it's grayed out, it means:
You aren't connected to the internet, or
A slide isn't selected. (This can be the case when multiple slides are selected in the slide thumbnail pane in Normal view, or when the focus in the thumbnail pane is between two slides. It also is the case when the focus is in the Notes pane or you are in Slide Show view rather than Normal view.)
The Designer button isn't there
Designer is a feature for Microsoft 365 subscribers. If you don't see the Designer button, you're using an older version of PowerPoint for Mac, rather than PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 for Mac.
Requirements for Designer on the Mac
PowerPoint shows design ideas for your slide.
If you can see the Designer button in PowerPoint but it's grayed out, it means that someone else is currently also editing the slide:
If you're co-authoring a presentation with someone else and more than one person is actively editing a single slide at one time, Designer won't give design suggestions on that slide.
However, as soon as there's only person editing the slide, Designer will begin offering design suggestions again once that person does an action (such as adding a photo) that Designer can respond to.
Requirements for Designer on PowerPoint for the web
Ask for design ideas any time by choosing Design > Design Ideas on the ribbon.
Scroll through the suggestions in the Design Ideas pane on the right side of the window.
The Design Ideas button is grayed out
If you can see the Design Ideas button in PowerPoint but it's grayed out, it means you aren't connected to the internet.
Requirements for Designer on iOS
Requirements for Designer on Android
Requirements for Designer on Windows Mobile
- Which problem are you having?
- I don't see the Designer button
- I clicked the Designer button, but no suggestions are offered
Design ideas are only available to Microsoft 365 subscribers
On desktop versions of PowerPoint, only subscribers get design ideas. You can try or buy a subscription here .
On PowerPoint for the web, design ideas are available to everyone.
One Microsoft 365 subscription package doesn't include design ideas: Office 365 Germany Germany .
Turn on the Office connected experiences
To use Designer, make sure that Office "connected experiences" are turned on:
Go to File > Account , and under Account Privacy select Manage Settings .
See Enabling and disabling intelligent services for more information.
An administrator may have turned off Designer
Designer is a feature for Microsoft 365 subscribers, but some organizations turn off the feature. If you have an Microsoft 365 subscription but don't see the Designer button, ask your IT department.
Reinstall Office to get subscriber features
If you've upgraded from Microsoft 365 to an Microsoft 365 subscription, you need to uninstall Microsoft 365 and then reinstall in order to get the subscriber features. See the instructions in these articles:
Uninstall Office from a PC or Uninstall Office 2016 for Mac
Reinstall Microsoft 365
Restart the app to get Designer
Sometimes users find that the first time they start PowerPoint after installing Microsoft 365, the Designer button isn't available. Restarting the app fixes this problem.
If there are no design ideas available for you, a few things might be the cause. First of all:
Make sure you're connected to the Internet. Designer goes online to get its design ideas.
Use a theme that comes with PowerPoint (not a custom theme or one that you've downloaded from elsewhere).
Following are other problems and how to solve them:
No design ideas for slides with pictures
Make sure your slide has either the Title or Title + Content slide layout applied.
Don't use any additional objects or shapes on the same slide as your photo.
Use a maximum of four photos (.jpg, .png, .gif, or .bmp) per slide, and make sure they're larger than 200 x 200 pixels in size.
No design ideas for process-based slides
Make sure your slide has the Title + Content slide layout applied.
Don't use any additional photos, objects, or shapes on the same slide as your process text.
Because Designer is a relatively new service, it is still learning new tricks. If Designer can’t generate high-quality options for you, it won’t show any options at all. We're working hard to be able to generate great design ideas for more varieties of your content.
And of course, if you don’t find Designer useful, you can turn it off by going to File > Options > General , and then clearing the box that says Automatically show me design ideas .
Someone else is editing
No design ideas for slides that have shapes or text boxes.
Designer isn't able to suggest design ideas when a slide has a shape or text box drawn on it. You can have photos and you can have text in a placeholder.
You aren't connected to the internet , or
A single slide isn't selected . This can be the case when multiple slides are selected in the slide thumbnail pane in Normal view, or when the focus in the thumbnail pane is between two slides. It also is the case when the focus is in the Notes pane or you are in Slide Show view rather than Normal view.
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23 presentation examples that really work (plus templates!)
- 22 Jul 2019
To help you in your quest for presentation greatness, we’ve gathered 23 of the best business presentation examples out there. These hand-picked ideas range from business PowerPoint presentations, to recruitment presentations, and everything in between.
As a bonus, several of our examples include editable video presentation templates from Biteable .
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Video presentation examples
Video presentations are our specialty at Biteable. We love them because they’re the most visually appealing and memorable way to communicate.
1. Animated characters
Our first presentation example is a business explainer from Biteable that uses animated characters. The friendly and modern style makes this the perfect presentation for engaging your audience.
Bonus template: Need a business video presentation that reflects the beautiful diversity of your customers or team? Use Biteable’s workplace scenes . You can change the skin tone and hair color for any of the animated characters.
2. Conference video
Videos are also ideal solutions for events (e.g. trade shows) where they can be looped to play constantly while you attend to more important things like talking to people and handing out free cheese samples.
For this event presentation sample below, we used bright colours, stock footage, and messaging that reflects the brand and values of the company. All these elements work together to draw the attention of passers-by.
For a huge selection of video presentation templates, take a look at our template gallery .
Business PowerPoint presentation examples
Striking fear into the hearts of the workplace since 1987, PowerPoint is synonymous with bland, boring presentations that feel more like an endurance test than a learning opportunity. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Check out these anything-but-boring business PowerPoint presentation examples.
3. Design pointers
This PowerPoint presentation takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how the speakers and users of PowerPoint are the problem, not the software itself.
Even at a hefty 61 slides, the vintage theme, appealing colors, and engaging content keep the viewer interested. It delivers useful and actionable tips on creating a better experience for your audience.
Pixar, as you’d expect, redefines the meaning of PowerPoint in their “22 Rules for Phenomenal Storytelling”. The character silhouettes are instantly recognizable and tie firmly to the Pixar brand. The bright colour palettes are carefully chosen to highlight the content of each slide.
This presentation is a good length, delivering one message per slide, making it easy for an audience to take notes and retain the information.
Google slides examples
If you’re in business, chances are you’ll have come across slide decks . Much like a deck of cards, each slide plays a key part in the overall ‘deck’, creating a well-rounded presentation.
If you need to inform your team, present findings, or outline a new strategy, slides are one of the most effective ways to do this.
Google Slides is one of the best ways to create a slide deck right now. It’s easy to use and has built-in design tools that integrate with Adobe, Lucidchart, and more. The best part — it’s free!
5. Teacher education
Here’s a slide deck that was created to educate teachers on how to use Google Slides effectively in a classroom. At first glance it seems stuffy and businessy, but if you look closer it’s apparent the creator knows his audience well, throwing in some teacher-friendly content that’s bound to get a smile.
The slides give walkthrough screenshots and practical advice on the different ways teachers can use the software to make their lives that little bit easier and educate their students at the same time.
6. Charity awareness raiser
This next Google slide deck is designed to raise awareness for an animal shelter. It has simple, clear messaging, and makes use of the furry friends it rescues to tug on heartstrings and encourage donations and adoptions from its audience.
Pro tip: Creating a presentation is exciting but also a little daunting. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed — especially if the success of your business or nonprofit depends on it. Check out our tips for advice on how to make a stand-out presentation.
Prezi presentation examples
If you haven’t come across Prezi , it’s a great alternative to using static slides. Sitting somewhere between slides and a video presentation, it allows you to import other content and add motion to create a more engaging viewer experience.
7. Red Bull event recap
This Prezi was created to document the Red Bull stratosphere freefall stunt a few years ago. It neatly captures all the things that Prezi is capable of, including video inserts and the zoom effect, which gives an animated, almost 3D effect to what would otherwise be still images.
Prezi has annual awards for the best examples of presentations over the year. This next example is one of the 2018 winners. It was made to highlight a new Logitech tool.
8. Logitech Spotlight launch
What stands out here are the juicy colors, bold imagery, and the way the designer has used Prezi to its full extent, including rotations, panning, fades, and a full zoom out to finish the presentation.
Sales presentation examples
If you’re stuck for ideas for your sales presentation, step right this way and check out this video template we made for you.
9. Sales enablement video presentation
In today’s fast-paced sales environment, you need a way to make your sales enablement presentations memorable and engaging for busy reps. Sales enablement videos are just the ticket. Use this video presentation template the next time you need to present on your metrics.
10. Zuroa sales deck
If you’re after a sales deck, you can’t go past this example from Zuora. What makes it great? It begins by introducing the worldwide shift in the way consumers are shopping. It’s a global phenomenon, and something we can all relate to.
It then weaves a compelling story about how the subscription model is changing the face of daily life for everyone. Metrics and testimonials from well-known CEOs and executives are included for some slamming social proof to boost the sales message.
Pitch presentation examples
Pitch decks are used to give an overview of business plans, and are usually presented during meetings with customers, investors, or potential partners.
11. Uber pitch deck
This is Uber’s original pitch deck, which (apart from looking a teensy bit dated) gives an excellent overview of their business model and clearly shows how they intended to disrupt a traditional industry and provide a better service to people. Right now, you’re probably very grateful that this pitch presentation was a winner.
You can make your own pitch deck with Biteable, or start with one of our video templates to make something a little more memorable.
12. Video pitch template
This video pitch presentation clearly speaks to the pains of everyone who needs to commute and find parking. It then provides the solution with its app that makes parking a breeze.
The video also introduces the key team members, their business strategy, and what they’re hoping to raise in funding. It’s a simple, clear pitch that positions the company as a key solution to a growing, worldwide problem. It’s compelling and convincing, as a good presentation should be.
13. Fyre Festival pitch deck
The most epic example of a recent pitch deck is this one for Fyre Festival – the greatest event that never happened. Marvel at its persuasion, gasp at the opportunity of being part of the cultural experience of the decade, cringe as everything goes from bad to worse.
Despite the very public outcome, this is a masterclass in how to create hype and get funding with your pitch deck using beautiful imagery, beautiful people, and beautiful promises of riches and fame.
Business presentation examples
Need to get the right message out to the right people? Business presentations can do a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
Simply press play and let your video do the talking. No fumbling your words and sweating buckets in front of those potential clients, just you being cool as a cucumber while your presentation does the talking.
Check out two of our popular templates that you can use as a starting point for your own presentations. While they’re business-minded, they’re definitely not boring.
14. Business intro template
Modern graphics, animations, and upbeat soundtracks keep your prospects engaged as they learn about your business, your team, your values, and how you can help them.
15. Business explainer template
Research presentation examples.
When you’re giving a more technical presentation such as research findings, you need to strike the perfect balance between informing your audience and making sure they stay awake.
As a rule, slides are more effective for research presentations, as they are used to support the speaker’s knowledge rather can capture every small detail on screen.
With often dry, complex, and technical subject matter, there can be a temptation for presentations to follow suit. Use images instead of walls of text, and keep things as easy to follow as possible.
16. TrackMaven research deck
TrackMaven uses their endearing mascot to lighten up this data-heavy slide deck. The graphs help to bring life to their findings, and they ensure to only have one bite-size takeaway per slide so that viewers can easily take notes.
17. Wearable tech research report
Obviously, research can get very researchy and there’s not a lot to be done about it. This slide deck below lays out a ton of in-depth information but breaks it up well with quotes, diagrams, and interesting facts to keep viewers engaged while it delivers its findings on wearable technology.
Team presentation examples
Motivating your team can be a challenge at the best of times, especially when you need to gather them together for….another presentation!
18. Team update template
We created this presentation template as an example of how to engage your team. In this case, it’s for an internal product launch. Using colorful animation and engaging pacing, this video presentation is much better than a static PowerPoint, right?
19. Officevibe collaboration explainer
This short slide deck is a presentation designed to increase awareness of the problems of a disengaged team. Bright colors and relevant images combine with facts and figures that compel viewers to click through to a download to learn more about helping their teams succeed.
Recruitment presentation examples
Recruiting the right people can be a challenge. Presentations can help display your team and your business by painting a dynamic picture of what it’s like to work with you.
Videos and animated slides let you capture the essence of your brand and workplace so the right employees can find you.
20. Company culture explainer
If you’re a recruitment agency, your challenge is to stand out from the hundreds of other agencies in the marketplace.
21. Kaizen culture
Showcasing your agency using a slide deck can give employers and employees a feel for doing business with you. Kaizen clearly displays its credentials and highlights its brand values and personality here (and also its appreciation of the coffee bean).
Explainer presentation examples
Got some explaining to do? Using an explainer video is the ideal way to showcase products that are technical, digital, or otherwise too difficult to explain with still images and text.
Explainer videos help you present the features and values of your product in an engaging way that speaks to your ideal audience and promotes your brand at the same time.
22. Product explainer template
23. lucidchart explainer.
Lucidchart does a stellar job of using explainer videos for their software. Their series of explainers-within-explainers entertains the viewer with cute imagery and an endearing brand voice. At the same time, the video is educating its audience on how to use the actual product. We (almost) guarantee you’ll have more love for spiders after watching this one.
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For the best online video presentation software around, check out Biteable. The intuitive platform does all the heavy lifting for you, so making a video presentation is as easy as making a PowerPoint.
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