5 tips for creating TED Talk-caliber slides

On-screen projections, whether text or images, augment and complement your narrative—if you craft them properly. Follow these guidelines.

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TED Talks have become a cultural institution.

People turn to TED Talks for wisdom, advice, knowledge and inspiration, through a variety of platforms and formats—including YouTube videos, podcasts and blogs. People can also view slides from previous talks via SlideShare and AuthorStream.

Presenters face particular challenges when creating visuals for TED-style talks, including:

Follow these tips when crafting slides for your next presentation:

1. Use a custom background.

PowerPoint and Keynote offer nice selections. The disadvantage is that they’re available to everyone who uses PowerPoint or Keynote—and you want your presentation to be unique.

So, choose a custom background for your TED Talk slides. Consider these factors:

Stock photo sites such as istockphoto or shutterstock offer thousands of textures and gradients, or you could create one using tools included in PowerPoint and Keynote.

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