With a small investment of time and money, you can use the expertise of a graphic designer to take standard presentation aids and make them—and by extension you and your speech—really stand out. Here’s how and why:
1. Early preparation
When you’re working with a graphic designer, you have to draft your materials ahead of time. This prevents procrastination, promotes the process of editing and refining, and greatly improves the final product (both the presentation aids and the presentation itself).
If you have an established relationship with a graphic designer and a short presentation (20 minutes or less), it generally takes less than a week explain your vision and provide feedback to your designer on versions of your materials.
When working with a new designer or on a longer or more detailed presentation, plan for several weeks to a month to finalize presentation aids together.
2. Modernizing your look