What’s The Most Efficient Way To Design Your Slides?
Having worked with hundreds of colleagues over the last fifteen years, I have noticed a huge crime that most people commit: one of the worst mistakes presenters make is rushing to the computer to design their next masterpiece from the comfort of their office cubicle.
The problem with this approach is that most people struggle to think creatively and imaginatively at their desks – you’re open to numerous distractions and the more time you spend at your desk, the more unproductive you risk becoming.
As a superior alternative, I recommend drafting slides away from your desk, and sketching your original ideas on paper. You don’t have to be a modern day Picasso or Rembrandt to sketch out ideas – the goal of sketching is to set you up to design, not to win awards.
There are clear advantages to sketching: innovative design ideas are likely to come faster to you and you can work uninterrupted away from your desk, which eliminates ‘switching time’ associated with jumping from one task to the next.
Furthermore, you can probably sketch out an entire presentation five times faster on paper than you can when you are at the mercy of your presentation software. Check out the following examples, which show how design ideas sprouted into presentation slides: