Slide Envy: 5 Awesome Methods for Creating Captivating PowerPoint Presentations

Business.com / Strategy / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

How do you create a powerpoint template that captivates and engages your audience? This guide lists 5 tools to help.

When you’re giving a presentation, whether it’s to a small team of your colleagues, or as a keynote speaker at a huge conference, you need to be able to display your content in a captivating way.

You’ll likely put together a PowerPoint presentation, or keynote presentation in order to guide your audience along, but when you get to the point where you need to prepare a new PowerPoint template for each presentation, it can become a bit exhausting and tedious.

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It’s not enough to recycle the same PowerPoint templates. Audience members from your previous presentations will quickly catch on and just think of you as yet another speak who reuses the same content over and over again.

You need to be new, creative and ahead of the game.

The goal of each one of your presentations should be to:  

  • Amplify your message
  • Accelerate information absorption
  • Assist comprehension and hence faster decision making

If you keep using the same PowerPoint templates, you can rest assured your audience will very quickly lose all interest and will no longer be absorbed by your presentation.

The last thing you want is to find someone falling asleep during one of your speeches. It’s not only discouraging, but it's embarrassing.

The following five tools and services will help you create new PowerPoint templates quickly and without stress, so you can stay on top of your presentation game.   

1. SlideModel

SlideModel is a new service I recently discovered that offers tens of thousands of different PowerPoint templates.

They have a huge selection of animated templates available to download and edit with the text of your choice. I’ve made engaging presentations in a matter of minutes with this service and highly recommend it.

Furthermore, SlideModel offers plenty of additional resources for taking your presentations to the next level. They also offer editable maps and charts if you’re looking to visualize your data or present survey and poll data.  

slidemodel powerpoint templates screenshot of home page

2. SlideGenius

If you’re the type who is so busy, you simply cannot fathom the thought of having to create your own PowerPoint template, you can hire a service like SlideGenius.

These guys are a design agency that specialize in creating PowerPoint presentations for you, so you don’t have to.

Just tell them exactly what content you need included, and any design preferences you have, and they will take care of the rest. They also make really engaging infographics.  

slidegenius homepage examples of PowerPoint slides

3. SlideDog

If you’re looking to really up your game, and a generic PowerPoint template is simply not good enough for you, you might want to give SlideDog a try.

Unlike most presentation tools, SlideDog is meant to increase audience engagement and interaction. The tool allows you to embed polls in order to collect data from your audience on a specific subject.

They also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, but even so, the service will only run you a low $8/month, so there’s really no harm in trying it out.   

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slidedog homepage screenshot

4. Venngage

Although not a PowerPoint tool specifically, Venngage let’s you create a range of annual reports and infographics with ease.

Since the editing canvas is entirely customizable and the UI is entirely drag and drop, creating unique and compelling PowerPoint title slides is simple with this particular software.

There are also a wide range of charts to choose from, such as pictograms, bar charts, pie charts and even editable maps.

Here’s an example of what an opening slide could look like:  

infographic maker that says, Save the Bees.

5. Emaze

When I first got a look at Emaze, I was really impressed. This tool takes presentations to the next level with their innovative animations and transitions between slides.

Emaze offers a free trial to all users, but the premium versions are very affordable at $9/month for the pro account, or $19/month for the business account.  

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With so many affordable tools to choose from, there is no reason why your presentations should be carbon copies of your previous presentations.

Have you ever attended a seminar or conference where you see a familiar speaker deliver the exact same speech they gave the previous year?

I’ve experienced this a number of times. It’s not impressive and your desire to go and see them speak again in the future diminishes.

If you want to keep your audience engaged and coming back for more, you need to deliver new and exciting content on a regular basis.

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