Starter Tips for the SlideShare Beginner

start1Whether this is your first time on SlideShare or your 100th, there’s always room to try new things and get more creative. There are, however, a few basic rules for getting the most out of the site. I have compiled 6 specific things you can do today to start leveraging the awesome power of SlideShare.

1. Make it Clickable

So you are ready to build the world’s next best presentation. Fantastic. Everything starts with your message. SlideShare is unique in that your content is packaged as a presentation, so the best thing you can do for yourself — and your audience — is to make sure it is “clickable,” or easy to click through. Is your audience going to want to click to the next slide? If not, reconsider how you are presenting your message.

2. Big Visuals, Minimal Text

Today’s presentations shouldn’t be buried with bullet points, headers and a logo on the corner of every slide. Instead, opt for big imagery and minimal text. Visual information is processed 60,000 times faster than text!

3. Don’t Rely on Templates

Don’t rely on PowerPoint templates. Ever. You’re better than that. Stuck? I always recommend darker and solid background colors – blacks, blues, and even white. Better yet, try to mix photography with compelling typography.

4. Maximize Your Channel

When creating your account, you will be given the opportunity to pimp out your channel. Do it. This is your opportunity to showcase your work, describe yourself, and connect with others via your other social media channels.

5. Integrate with LinkedIn

You are a working professional, so make sure you add your SlideShares to your LinkedIn profile. It’s just another way to showcase your work and presentation talents.

6. Activate Lead Capture

If you are going to invest all this time building an innovative and creative deck, then take an extra few minutes and activate Lead Capture — SlideShare PRO’s form that allows you to gather information from your fans.

If content marketing is your strategy this year, then welcome home! This is the place where you need to start.

Read More: 8 Handy Tools for Creating Standout Decks

Scott Schwertly is the author of How to Be a Presentation God and CEO of Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique providing professional presentation design and training for national and international clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki.

  • serdar

    please hel me how can i prepare presantation like you?
    thanks,
    serdar

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    Thanks for this article which tells well the facts. When you follow step by step, it’s easier !

  • Sergio

    Será posible que me enviaran sus correos en español. Pues aun no entiendo muy bien el ingles gracias Dios les bendiga

  • silvian navarro

    Hola, por favor si me pudiesen enviar sus correos en español, ya que tardo un poco más al leerlos al inglés y en ocasiones el tiempo no favorece tanto. me interesa lo que me van enviando y no quisiera dejarlo a un lado por falta de tiempo.

  • Ted Hazlewood

    I am very interested in this program.

  • mohamed ameer shajahan

    i can improve my communintcaiton but i cannt be share other. but i know how to improve my presentation skill kindly give me sub tips to improve my skills.
    thanks……..good night……………………….

  • Mario Vijil

    Sus Power Point me sirven mucho en mis capacitaciones,pero sus mensajes los leo muy lento por no dominar el ingles, ruegoles enviar sus informaciones en español,por favor.

  • aida lilia beltran

    Podrian enviarme los correos en español, me cuesta un poco de trabajo y me tardo mucho. Gracias

  • Luis Angel Vargas Salas

    De la misma forma que lo solicitan Mario, Silvian y Sergio, les solicito muy respetuosamente, si es posoble, me envien mis correos en ESPAÑOL, por favor.

  • ely

    les agradezco si los correos son traducido a español, somos muchos los interesados, gracias

  • Gaby Chavez Zegarra

    al igual que lo solicitan otros colegas, les agradezco que si es posible nos envíen la información traducida al español, gracias

  • Gaby Chavez Zegarra

    de igual manera que lo solicitan otros colegas, les agradezco que si es posible nos envíen la información traducida al español, gracias

  • carla

    good day… I really like your program and how you do things like this and that… i would like to ask some help how could i start making my own slides presentation…looking forward from your response

  • Anwar

    Saya sangat menyenangi progrma anda, dan saya ingin tahu bagaimana caranya membuat slide presentasi. Mohon petunjuknya. Terima kasih.

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    Thanks a lot for these awesome tips!!!

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    Interesting post! Wish i could create these visually gorgeous slides !

  • http://www.samuelmahaffy.com/ Samuel Mahaffy

    Thanks for a helpful article.