3 Secret PPT Design Rules To Killer PowerPoint Presentations

In this post, you will learn simple PPT design rules to help you building powerful presentations people will care about.

This PowerPoint tutorial will introduce three generic rules that will get you on the way to design professional PowerPoint templates and creative presentations! These rules are an introduction, and they are the key to successful PowerPoint presentation design. Let’s get started!

1. Size

Your PowerPoint slides are usually sized 10 inches (width) * 7.5 inches (height). Resize them 12*7.5. Open a PowerPoint document, go to Design > Page Setup. With presentation slides of 12 inches width, or more, you will have more freedom and the ability to better organize the content of the slide.

2. Typography

Fonts can just make or break your PPT presentation.
I recommend you to pick ONE font for all your content slides. The default font I use myself is Calibri, it’s modern and it’s safe. Helvetica and Century Gothic are great options too. You can use ONE additional font for your cover slide or slide headings. Just make sure the extra font you pick is original and readable. Take care of your audience’s visual comfort.

For all your presentation slides, try to keep your font size BIG. Whether your plan to show your PowerPoint presentation at a public presentation or not. First, you will increase your audience visual comfort. Second, it’s a great exercise to help you develop effective presentation skills, as you will have to learn how to summarize content. I personally use a minimum of 20 for important parts, and 14 to 18 for less important parts. To comment charts or graphics, 12 is the minimum. Even if you have a lot to write, keep in mind that you don’t need to write down everything to communicate important points. Keep it short. People are busy. Less is more.

♥ Font Squirrel is my favorite source of FREE, high-quality and designer-friendly fonts. To install new fonts on your computer: On Window, download the archive > click Start > Control Panel > Font > Paste your font files.

3. Color Scheme

I suggest the use of TWO or THREE colors. For all your content slides, use of black for core text (in that case, your PPT background shall be white or light grey) and use the ONE or TWO additional colors to highlight important keywords, statements or figures. Colors picked must be visible, contrast between each other’s and with your PowerPoint background.

♥ Not inspired or just wondering which colors match well together? Try out Kuler, Adobe’s great color palette generator. It is free and you can choose y from thousands of pre-built schemes.

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Effective Chinese Business Negotiation Tips

Effective Chinese business negotiations begin with having the best information possible so you can get the best deal, whether you are looking to purchase products or looking for Chinese business partner to help sell your goods. You need to do your research, understand the negotiating practices of the Chinese and be prepared to work with a partner in the region that will help you get the most out of your business venture in China.

Your research into working with Chinese businesses should be as thorough as possible. This means understanding the history of their business, who their clients are, the prices that they sell their goods and any other important information to help you fully understand who you may work with. By arming yourself with this information you can now progress to the next step of engaging in Chinese business negotiations to look for the right company for your business needs.

The Chinese are a remarkable people who have embraced capitalistic business practices with fervor unlike most other places in the world. Thus, they may be mistaken by Western business leaders as having a similar management structure and negotiating practices. This cannot be further from the truth. As with Western business practices and negotiations, these skills stem from the collective history of the region that people running the business is familiar with, which means that a person from the USA will negotiate with another business in a slightly different manner than someone from Australia or Great Britain.

Chinese business negotiations have a number of interesting differences that many Western business leaders are simply not familiar with and do not understand which leads to much consternation and strife depending on the seriousness of the negotiations. When looking for Chinese business partner to work with, you need to be aware of a few of their more unique negotiating tendencies.

One of the most common is the non-negotiating tactic where they avoid direct negotiations in the first place. While they might have underlings carry out some negotiations, no real decisions are made. This tends to be a test of the seriousness of your business skills and intentions, so the best tactic is to be patient and simply re-affirm your position until the Chinese business leaders start engaging seriously.

Another common tactic is known as the “big sale” where they offer their products at a much reduced rate, yet in reality they jacked the prices up considerably beforehand. Your research should reveal the actual price they sell their goods for so any large increase should be noticeable. Still, it is surprising how many Western business leaders get taken in by this rather common tactic.

The final popular Chinese negotiating tactic is the “big deal” where a lot of promises are made and seeming agreement is at hand yet no real commitment is actually made. You need to be careful listening to their promises and simply focus on settling one issue at a time, even if it begins with the small ones first. Get them in writing and then work your way up.

Finding a good Chinese business partner takes research, patience and knowledge of their negotiating skills to find the one that works best for your business.

Improve Your Personal Presentation in Five Easy Steps

1. Get your hair cut – regardless of how well you are dressed, unkempt and out of control hair will make you look untidy. 30 minutes and £10 well spent! Make sure you have any facial hair under control too.

2. Wear a suit – so many people these days go suit-less, and this gives you a great opportunity to stand out and look professional and more presentable. However just any old suit will not do. It must be 100% wool (please, no polyester) and preferably in dark navy or charcoal grey. You may even have something suitable in the wardrobe already; however if you bought it ready to wear IT DOES NOT FIT YOU!. A poor fitting suit is worse than no suit. Go to a good alterations tailor and get it fitted; It is not expensive! By the way, you really do need two suits so you can alternate each day. If you are really skint look on eBay or in a nearly new shop.

3. Wear a proper shirt, and one that fits – so many people wear casual shirts to work and usually with the wrong length arms and neck. Go to a store that sell shirts in various arm lengths and reasonably constructed to look good with a suit. If you are on a budget T.M. Lewin often do 4 shirts for £100 which are more than adequate, and will be enough to get you going – I suggest two each of white and light blue plain as a minimum.

4. Wear a tie – why, oh why do so few people wear a tie? A man is not completely dressed without one; a suit is not casual so why dress casually underneath it? The silk of he tie (and do ensure it is silk) offers a contrasting texture to the matt of the suit and shirt and is a great opportunity to express your personality through colour.

5. Shoes – So many people wear a suit and then finish it off with totally inappropriate shoes. Wear some black traditional, welted shoes in an oxford style. These will last a lifetime if looked after so don’t skimp.

These five simple steps can make you look more professional and presentable.