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Takeaway boxes can be useful for helping draw attention to ‘second order’ insights on your slides , but they are commonly misused..

Consulting firms love to use takeaway boxes. That small rectangular box of text at the bottom of a slide sometimes also called a kicker. You see them all the time from nearly every major consulting firm. But what are they for? And when should you use them? Or maybe more importantly, when should you not use them? And what’s the difference between a title, subtitle, and a takeaway box? 

In this post I’m going to answer all these questions and walk through some examples. I’ll explain how to avoid the most common takeaway box mistakes, and how to properly use them to improve the quality and professionalism of your own presentations.

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Takeaway box examples:

Reshaping NYCHA support functions (BCG) Loose dogs in Dallas: Strategic Recommendations to Improve Public Safety and Animal Welfare (BCG) Melbourne as a Global Cultural Destination (BCG) The Open Education Resources ecosystem (BCG) Projecting US Mail volumes to 2020 (BCG) Corporate Ventures in Sweden (2016) (BCG) I nvestment and Industrial Policy: A Perspective on the Future (McKinsey) Challenges in Mining: Scarcity or Opportunity? (McKinsey) Addressing the Global Affordable Housing Challenge (2016) (McKinsey) USPS Future Business Model (2010) (McKinsey) Consumer privacy in retail (Deloitte) Bain & UC Berkley Operational Excellence (2010) (Bain) Rail industry cost and revenue sharing (2011) (LEK) How fit is your allocation strategy? (EY) The Future of Commercial Vehicle Powertrains (2012) (Kearney) Covid-19 Special Edition Primer (Oliver Wyman) Project Management: Improving performance, reducing risk (PwC)

When to use a takeaway box

A takeaway box attracts a lot of attention on a slide. For one, our eyes are naturally drawn to the top and bottom parts of a slide. But another reason is that the formatting of the box tends to make it stand out from the rest of the content. Look at this McKinsey slide for example. It’s hard not to notice the takeaway box, and you can’t help but read what it says:

McKinsey takeaway box example

“Investment and Industrial Policy: A Perspective on the Future” McKinsey, October 2018

So what that means is anytime you add a takeaway box to the slide, you’re taking attention away from other parts of the slide . So if you’re going to add one, you want to do it when the benefit outweighs the cost. 

Generally speaking, there are two situations where you might need a takeaway box: 

  • When you need to call out something that isn’t immediately obvious.
  • When you need something to help you transition into the next slide.

Let’s take each of these one at a time. Starting with the easier one.

Transition to a future slide

Here is a really simple example of a slide about healthcare wearables. The title says, “The healthcare wearables market is expected to reach $850M in 2023 driven by new technology and institutional adoption”. Then in the body of the slide, there’s a chart that indicates the market size by year, and additional text on the right that talks about the drivers of that growth. 

takeaway box example

Then the takeaway box says, “Is this an attractive market for Wiz Technologies?” So then the next slide could be a slide that addresses that question directly: 

takeaway box example with red line around takeaway box

By setting up the slide like this, you sort of prime the audience for what’s coming. In some cases, you’re probably asking a question the audience is already asking themselves. But in this way you can better control the narrative of the presentation. 

Calling attention to non-obvious insights

The second reason you might want to use a takeaway box: to call out something that isn’t immediately obvious. And, this one’s a little more tricky. With content-heavy presentations, like what you see in consulting, strategy, and finance, it can be difficult to pick up on all the nuances of a slide. Even if you put the main takeaway in the title, which you should be doing, you can’t always expect the audience to pick up on every little detail of the slide – especially if that slide has lots of text or numbers. So this is where the takeaway box comes into play. It helps show the audience insights they might not have picked up right away, but that you want them to know. 

Here is a slide from BCG showing what happens to stray dogs that enter Dallas Animal Services (or DAS). For example, in 2016 37% were euthanized, 34% were adopted, 17% were transferred, and 9% were returned to their owners. 

BCG takeaway box example

“Loose dogs in Dallas” BCG, August 2016

The main message of the slide is that 60% of dogs in Dallas Animal Services achieve positive outcomes. So everything on the slide, including the takeaway box, should support that message. The chart shows the number of dogs coming into DAS by year, further broken down by outcome type (notice by the way how all the positive outcomes are green or blue, while the negative outcome is red).

Then the takeaway box down at the bottom says “Each year DAS has increased live outcomes”. In other words, it’s calling attention to the fact that the green section has increased as a percentage of total outcomes every year. In 2011 it’s about 30%, but in 2016 it’s closer to 60%. You can see it visually in the chart itself, but you also get a sense for the change with the section on the right that shows growth rates since 2011. Euthanized is going down, while all the others are going up. 

BCG takeaway box example with red boxes around chart segments

The takeaway box is calling attention to something that’s already there but not immediately obvious. You could argue that it is obvious, but not everyone is going to think of that right away. Especially because the title is telling you to focus on the 60% positive outcomes. So the takeaway box is just there to make sure the audience gets all the insights you want them to. 

An easy way to think about the takeaway box is to imagine you’re giving the presentation live. What sort of information would you want to express orally? If I was showing this slide to a client I might add something like, “So as you can see live outcomes have actually been increasing over the last 5 years.” But by instead adding that in a takeaway box, you make sure the audience sees it, and, it’s there for people who don’t hear the presentation live. 

Important takeaway box considerations

There are a few other really important things to call out. The first is that the takeaway box isn’t adding any new information. That’s a common mistake. You don’t want to call out insights that aren’t supported by the slide content because it’s confusing for the audience. 

BCG example with red box around takeaway box

The second thing is you don’t want to just repeat what’s in the title. Despite its name, the takeaway box shouldn’t actually be the main takeaway of the slide – that should be in the title. Instead, the takeaway box should provide what’s sometimes referred to as a second order inference. You could think of it as a second, less important takeaway, but one that still supports the overall message of the slide. This can be tricky of course because you don’t want to confuse your audience by having multiple messages on your slide. 

Notice how the title and takeaway box provide separate pieces of information, yet they both support the overall message of the slide about the growth in positive outcomes. Is it perfect? definitely not, but BCG does a pretty good job here of stating a message, supporting that message, then calling attention to other important information the audience might not have noticed. 

BCG example with red arrow pointing to title and to takeaway box

When to use a subtitle

You might be wondering what the subtitle is all about. You don’t see them all the time but BCG likes to use them a lot. In short, they’re just to help direct the audience a little bit more, especially for data-heavy slides. They’re usually more specific than the title and they tell us where to look to better understand the main message of the slide.

BCG example with red box around subtitle

In this example, it’s drawing attention to the two growth rates, which are pretty important parts of the slide. 

BCG example with red arrows pointing to CAGR callouts

So to summarize, the title provides the main message, the subtitle supports that message with more specifics to help direct the audience, and the takeaway box calls attention to a less important but still related insight that might not be as obvious. 

BCG example that shows purpose of title, subtitle, and takeaway box

If you couldn’t tell, takeaway boxes are really easy to use incorrectly. My advice would be to only use them if you’re sure it’ll improve your slide. A general rule of thumb is to use them less than 20% of the time, if you even use them at all. And when you do use them, make sure it’s to transition into the next slide, or to call out a non-obvious insight that still supports the message of the slide. 

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How to Insert a Checkbox in PowerPoint

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Does your PowerPoint presentation need a little extra interactivity? Consider adding a checkbox! While PowerPoint doesn’t have a built-in checkbox feature, you can still create a checkbox effect using shapes and text boxes. In this article, we’ll explore how to create a checkbox effect in your PowerPoint slides, as well as the benefits and best practices for using them effectively.

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Why Use Checkboxes in PowerPoint Presentations

Checkboxes are an easy and visually appealing way to engage your audience. By simulating their interaction with your presentation, you can create a more memorable and engaging experience. Additionally, checkboxes can be used for various purposes such as:

  • To allow your audience to provide feedback on a particular topic
  • To keep track of what topics have been discussed whilst conducting a presentation with multiple topics
  • To add interactive and engaging visual elements.

Another advantage of using checkboxes in PowerPoint presentations is that they can help you to organize your content in a more structured and easy-to-follow manner. By using shapes to simulate checkboxes to break down complex information into smaller, more manageable chunks, you can help your audience to better understand and retain the information you are presenting. Additionally, you can use text boxes to create interactive quizzes or surveys within your presentation, allowing you to gather valuable feedback and insights from your audience in real-time.

Understanding the Benefits of Using Checkboxes in PowerPoint

Simulating checkboxes in your presentation’s slides can help make your presentation more engaging and interactive. It can also help you capture feedback from your audience on a specific topic, allowing you to tailor your presentation to better meet their needs. By making your presentation more interactive and engaging, you can help keep your audience focused, which can make it easier for them to remember the information you’re presenting.

Another benefit of simulating checkboxes in PowerPoint is that it can help you organize your content in a more visually appealing way. By using shapes to represent checkboxes to break up your content into smaller, more manageable sections, you can make it easier for your audience to follow along and understand the information you’re presenting. This can be especially helpful if you’re presenting complex or technical information that might be difficult to understand at first glance.

Finally, simulating checkboxes in PowerPoint can also help you save time and effort when creating your presentation. Instead of having to create separate slides for each option or piece of information, you can simply use shapes and text boxes to present everything on one slide. This can help you streamline your presentation and make it more efficient, which can be especially helpful if you’re working with a tight deadline or need to present a lot of information in a short amount of time.

How to Create a Custom Checkbox Image in PowerPoint

If you’re looking for a more personalized look for your checkbox, you can create your own custom image. Here’s how:

  • Go to the “Insert” tab and select the “Shapes” option.
  • Choose the “Rectangle” shape option and draw it on your slide.
  • In the “Shape Format” tab, select the “Shape Fill” option and choose the color you want.
  • Select the “Shape Outline” option and remove the outline.
  • Go back to the “Insert” tab and select the “Text Box” option.
  • Draw a text box inside your rectangle shape and type an “X” or checkmark symbol.
  • Resize the text box to fit in the rectangle.
  • Now you have your own custom checkbox effect!

Customizing your checkbox image can be a great way to add a personal touch to your presentation. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the image should still be easily recognizable as a checkbox. Avoid using images that are too complex or abstract, as this can confuse your audience.

If you want to take your customization even further, you can add animations or effects to your checkbox effect. For example, you can make the text box appear or disappear when clicked, or you can add a sound effect to accompany the click. Just be sure to use these features sparingly and only when they enhance the overall message of your presentation.

Step-by-Step Guide to Add a Checkbox in PowerPoint

To simulate a checkbox effect on your PowerPoint slide:

  • Choose a shape that resembles a checkbox, such as a square or rectangle, and draw it on your slide.
  • Draw a text box inside your shape and type an “X” or checkmark symbol.
  • Resize and position the text box to fit within the shape.
  • Group the shape and text box together if you want them to move as one unit.
  • That’s it! You now have a simulated checkbox effect on your slide.

Using shapes and text boxes to create a checkbox effect can be a useful way to create interactive presentations. You can use this method to allow your audience to select options or to track progress. Additionally, you can customize the appearance of your checkbox effect by changing the color, size, and shape. Experiment with different options to find the perfect look for your presentation.

Different Types of Checkboxes You Can Insert in PowerPoint

Since PowerPoint does not offer specific checkbox types, you can create various checkbox effects using shapes and text boxes. Here are some ideas:

  • A simple square or rectangle with a text box inside for an “X” or checkmark
  • A circle shape with a text box inside for a dot or checkmark
  • A custom-designed icon that represents a checkbox

Experiment with different shapes and text box combinations, and choose the one that best fits your presentation’s style and tone.

It is important to note that simulating the use of checkboxes can enhance the interactivity of your presentation. By allowing your audience to actively engage with your content, you can increase their level of interest and retention of information.

Additionally, you can customize the appearance of your checkbox effects by changing their size, color, and shape. This can help to further reinforce your brand or message, and make your presentation more visually appealing.

How to Format and Style Your Checkboxes in PowerPoint

After creating your checkbox effect, you can customize its look by:

  • Selecting the shape and opening the “Format Shape” pane.
  • Changing the fill color, outline color, and weight of the shape.
  • Adjusting the size, shape, and border of the shape.
  • Changing the text size, font color, and font style of the text box.

Experiment with different styles to find the one that best suits your presentation’s needs.

It’s important to note that the placement of your checkbox effects can also affect the overall look and feel of your presentation. Consider grouping them together or spacing them out evenly to create a visually appealing layout. Additionally, you can use animations to make your checkbox effects appear or disappear in a fun and engaging way. Just be sure not to overdo it and distract from the content of your presentation.

Tips for Using Checkboxes Effectively in Your Presentation

When simulating checkboxes in your PowerPoint presentation, it’s important to:

  • Use clear and concise labels for each checkbox effect.
  • Choose a style that is easily recognizable to your audience.
  • Limit the number of checkbox effects on each slide to avoid overwhelming your audience.
  • Use checkbox effects as a tool to engage your audience, not as a distraction from your content.

Additionally, it’s important to consider the placement of your checkbox effects on the slide. Placing them too close together can make it difficult for your audience to select the correct option, while placing them too far apart can make it difficult to see all the options at once. It’s also a good idea to use checkbox effects sparingly and only when necessary, as too many can make your presentation appear cluttered and confusing.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Adding Checkboxes in PowerPoint

Some common mistakes to avoid when simulating checkboxes in your PowerPoint presentation include:

  • Using too many checkbox effects in a single slide, which can be overwhelming to your audience.
  • Using unclear or confusing labels for your checkbox effects.
  • Placing the checkbox effects in inconspicuous positions on the slide making it difficult for the audience to find them.

To avoid these mistakes, consider using clear and concise labels, limiting the number of checkbox effects per slide, and placing them in clear and visible positions that are easy to access for your audience.

Another mistake to avoid is not testing the functionality of your simulated checkboxes beforehand. It is important to ensure that the text boxes and shapes are functioning properly and that they are grouped correctly if needed. Testing the checkbox effects before your presentation can save you from potential embarrassment or confusion during your presentation.

How to Link Your Checkbox to an Action or Hyperlink in PowerPoint

While you cannot link a checkbox directly, as PowerPoint does not have a built-in checkbox feature, you can link shapes and text boxes to actions or hyperlinks. Here’s how:

  • Select the shape or text box that you are using to simulate a checkbox.
  • Go to the “Insert” tab and select the “Action” or “Link” option.
  • Choose the action or hyperlink you want to link to your simulated checkbox. (E.g., running a macro or linking to another slide or document or website)
  • Click “OK” to save the changes.

Troubleshooting Tips: What to Do If Your Checkbox Is Not Working Properly

If your simulated checkbox effect is not working properly, consider:

  • Checking that your action or hyperlink is correct and working properly
  • Checking that the shape and text box are grouped correctly if they are meant to function as one unit
  • Trying an alternate shape or text box style and testing it for functionality.

Best Practices for Using Checkboxes in Your PowerPoint Presentation

When using simulated checkboxes in your PowerPoint presentation, it’s important to:

  • Limit the number of checkbox effects on each slide to keep your audience engaged and avoid overwhelming them.
  • Use checkbox effects only when they add relevance or value to your presentation.
  • Test your checkbox effects thoroughly before presenting to ensure their functionality.

Examples of Great Presentations That Use Checkboxes Effectively

While we cannot provide specific examples of presentations with built-in checkboxes, many presentations use shapes and text boxes to create a checkbox effect. Look for presentations that use interactive elements to engage the audience and consider how you can apply similar techniques to your own presentation.

How to Remove or Edit a Checkbox from Your PowerPoint Slide

To remove or edit a simulated checkbox from your PowerPoint slide:

  • Select the shape or text box you want to edit or remove.
  • Press the “Delete” key on your keyboard to remove it.
  • You can also edit the shape or text box in the “Format Shape” pane by changing its size, shape, color, and style.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Adding and Editing Checkboxes in PowerPoint

While there are no specific keyboard shortcuts for adding and editing simulated checkboxes in PowerPoint, you can use the following shortcuts for working with shapes and text boxes:

  • To add a shape: press “Alt” + “N” + “SH” to open the “Shapes” gallery, then use the arrow keys to select a shape.
  • To edit a shape or text box: select it and press “Alt” + “JP” to open the “Format Shape” pane.

Now that you know how to create a checkbox effect in your PowerPoint presentation, experiment with different shapes and text box combinations to create more engaging and interactive presentations that will resonate with your audience.

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How to insert a check mark or checkbox in powerpoint.

Display a tick mark icon or add a clickable checkbox in your slides!

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Add a check mark in your PowerPoint presentation is by selecting the down-arrow next to "Bullets" and choosing a bullet style with check marks. Or, insert checkmarks directly with the Alt+0252 or Alt+0254 shortcut. To add a clickable checkbox, open PowerPoint's Developer tab and choose "Check Box."

If you want to place a check mark icon or add a clickable checkbox in your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation , all you have to do is press a keyboard shortcut or use one of the menu options. We'll show you how to go about doing this in your slides.

To add a check mark symbol in your slides, use one of the six methods listed below. Just like when adding a checkmark in Word , the check mark style will vary slightly with the method you use, so try out different methods and see which you like best.

Using a Bulleted List

One way to display check marks, especially in lists, is to use PowerPoint's bulleted list option. Here, you make a list of your items, with each item having a check mark beside it.

To use this method, in your slide, select the text location where you want to add a check mark.

Next, in PowerPoint's ribbon at the top, select the "Home" tab. Then, in the "Paragraph" section, click the down-arrow icon next to the "Bullets" icon.

In the bullet menu that opens, choose the bullet list with check marks.

At your chosen place in your slide, you now have a checkmark icon. You can leave the check mark there, or add text to go along with the symbol. Add additional check marks by simply pressing the Enter key.

Related: How to Align Text After a Bullet in PowerPoint

Using a Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer keyboard shortcuts , there's a hotkey you can use to add check marks in your slides.

To use it, first, put your cursor where you want to add a check mark in your slide.

While using the numbers in these keyboard shortcuts, make sure to use the numpad on your keyboard . Pressing the numbers in the top row of your keyboard won't work.

Then, on your keyboard, press Alt+0252. This should add a tick mark symbol, but depending on the font you're using it may produce a

or another character. If it does, simply highlight the character and change the font to Wingdings.

To add a symbol where the tick mark is inside a box, then on your keyboard, press Alt+0254. Again, change the font to Wingdings if you get the wrong character.

Related: All the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts

Copy and Paste the Tick Mark

If you're in a hurry and quickly want to get a check mark in your slides, find the tick mark symbol somewhere (online or in a document), copy it, and paste it into your slides .

You can find the tick mark symbol on Google by simply searching for "check mark symbol". Once you find it, copy it to your clipboard.

Come back to your PowerPoint slide, right-click the location where you want to add the symbol, and choose "Keep Text Only" in the "Paste Options" section.

You now have your copied symbol in your slide.

Related: How to Paste Text Without Formatting Almost Anywhere

Using the Symbols Menu

PowerPoint has a symbols menu containing several symbols that you can add to your slides ---one of which is a check mark symbol.

To add that Wingdings symbol to your slides, then first, select the location where you want to display the symbol.

Then, in PowerPoint's ribbon at the top, click the "Insert" tab and choose Symbols > Symbol.

On the "Symbol" window, at the top, click the "Font" drop-down menu and choose "Wingdings." Then, select the check mark icon on the list and choose "Insert" at the bottom.

Then, close the "Symbol" window.

And that's it. You now have your selected icon in your presentation.

Related: How to Write Fractions in PowerPoint

Using the Icons Menu

PowerPoint offers an icons menu where you have many different kinds of icons to use in your presentations . You can use this menu to add a check mark as well to your slides.

To use it, from PowerPoint's ribbon at the top, select the "Insert" tab. Then, choose "Icons."

On the open window, at the top, click the search box and type "check". Then, in the displayed icons list, choose the check mark icon you want to use.

Add the selected icon to your slide by choosing "Insert" at the bottom.

You'll see your chosen icon in your slide.

Related: How to Hide the Audio Icon in a Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshow

Using the Emoji Bar

PowerPoint supports emoji, which means you can use this menu to add a check mark emoji to your slides. However, note the symbol's appearance will vary depending on the device you're using to view your presentation.

To use this method, first, select the place where you want to add the tick mark symbol in your slide.

Then, if you're on Windows , bring up the emoji bar by pressing the Windows and "." (period) keys at the same time. On Mac , you'll press Command+Control+Space.

In the emoji bar, find and click the check mark emoji to add it to your slide.

Related: Secret Hotkey Opens Windows 10's New Emoji Picker in Any App

To add a box that you can click to tick it, use PowerPoint's interactive check box control. This adds a box that's empty by default, but gets ticked when you click it.

You can only tick the box when you're presenting your slideshow . You can't toggle with the box when you're in editing mode.

With that said, to start the process, launch your presentation with PowerPoint. Then, in the app's ribbon at the top, select the "Developer" tab (if you don't have this tab, learn how to enable the Developer tab in Office apps ).

In the "Developer" tab, from the "Controls" section, select "Check Box" (which is, unsurprisingly, an icon of a check box).

On your slide, draw the check box wherever you want to place it.

Once the check box is added, you can alter its text. To do this, first, click your box so it's selected. Then, in the "Developer" tab at the top, from the "Controls" section, choose "Properties."

On the "Properties" window, select the "Caption" field and type your custom text. Then, press Enter and close the window.

To check if the check box works, play your slideshow by choosing Slide Show > From Current Slide at the top.

When the show begins, click your check box, and it will tick mark itself.

Related: How to Practice Your Presentations with PowerPoint's Presenter Coach

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How to Insert Checkbox in PowerPoint? [Complete Guide!]

By: Author Shrot Katewa

How to Insert Checkbox in PowerPoint? [Complete Guide!]

Presentations stand to benefit from a checklist which is known as a frequently used option helping the audience to properly visualize and digest the content. Fortunately, displaying an entire list with checkboxes and they check off as you work through each point, is an easy feature to use with Microsoft Powerpoint.

To insert checkbox in Powerpoint, click on “Options” from the “file” tab. Choose “Customize Ribbons” from the dialog box, scroll inside the “Main Tabs” box and click on the “Developer” option. Once the “Developer” tab is created, click on the “Checkbox” icon in the “Controls” group of the tab.

This article will also walk you through the steps on how you can use checkboxes in the slideshow as well as how to insert checkmarks using the “Symbol” option in the “Insert” Tab.

You can follow the complete guide below:

1. How to Insert Checkbox in PowerPoint?

In Microsoft PowerPoint, you can insert an interactive checkbox that you can use to check off items live in a presentation. To insert the interactive checkbox using the “Developer” tab, follow the 9 quick steps.

Step-1: Click on the “File” tab

what is a kicker box in a powerpoint presentation

The first step is to add the “Developer” tab in the menu ribbon. Click on the “File” tab from the ribbon bar menu. It will open the file window.

Step-2: Click on “Options”

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In the “File” screen, click on the “Options” options from the sidebar located on the left side of the screen. This will open a dialog box.

Step-3: Click on the “Customize Ribbon” option

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In the left column of the “PowerPoint Options” dialog box, click on the “Customize Ribbon” option.

Step 4: Click on the “Developer” option.

what is a kicker box in a powerpoint presentation

In the “Customize the Ribbon” column on the right side of the “PowerPoint Options” dialog box, scroll down inside the “Main Tabs” box. Then click on the “Developer” option. A blue checkmark will appear by the option when it is selected. 

Step-5: Click on the “OK” option

what is a kicker box in a powerpoint presentation

Now all you have to do is click on the “OK” option at the bottom of the “PowerPoint Options” dialog box to add the “Developer” tab in the menu ribbon.

Step-6: Click on the “Developer” tab

what is a kicker box in a powerpoint presentation

The next step is to open the “Developer” menu. All you have to do is click on the “Developer” tab from the menu ribbon to open the “Developer” menu.

Step-7: Click on the “Check Box” icon

what is a kicker box in a powerpoint presentation

In the “Controls” group of the “Developer” menu, click on the “Check Box (ActiveX Control)” option to insert a clickable checkbox in the slide. It is the checkbox icon in the second row of the “Controls” group.

Step-8: Click on the “CheckBox object” option

what is a kicker box in a powerpoint presentation

Now you can edit the text inside the “CheckBox” . All you have to do is “Right Click” on the checkbox. Then click on the “CheckBox Object” option in the right-click menu.

Step-9: Click on the “Edit” option

what is a kicker box in a powerpoint presentation

In the pop-up menu by the “CheckBox Object” option in the right-click menu, click on the “Edit” option. It will allow you to edit the text in the checkbox. You can remove all text from the checkbox.

1.1 How to Insert Checkbox in PowerPoint on Mac?

In PowerPoint for Mac, there is no “Developer” menu available. So, you cannot insert a clickable checkbox. However, you can use the “Animation” feature as a workaround. To do so, follow the 8 easy steps.

Step-1: Click on the “Insert” tab

Click on the “Insert” tab from the menu bar at the top of the screen. In the “Insert” menu, click on the “Shapes” option.

Step-2: Click on the “Rectangular” shape

In the second menu under the “Shapes” option, click on the “Rectangular” shape to create a checkbox.

Step-3: Click on the “Insert” tab

The next step is to click on the “Insert” tab. Then click on the “Icons” option in the “Insert” menu.

Step-4: Click on the “Check Mark” option

In the “Icons” dialog box, search for the check mark in the search box. Then click on your preferred check mark icon to insert the checkmark as an image.

Step-5: Reposition the checkmark

Now you have to move the checkmark into the checkbox. To do so, click and drag the checkmark over the rectangle checkbox. Then resize the checkmark icon to fit it inside the checkbox.

Step-6: Click on the “Animations” option

The next step is to add an animation effect to the checkmark. To do so, you have to first click on the checkmark to select it. Then click on the “Animations” option in the menu ribbon. Then select the “Appear” option.

Step-7: Click on the “Trigger” option

Click on the check mark in the “Selection Pane” sidebar on the right side of the screen. Then click on the “Trigger” option from the toolbar under the menu ribbon.

Step-8: Click on the “On Click of” option

In the pop-up menu by the “Trigger” option, click on the “On Click of” option. It will open another pop-up menu. Click on the “Box” option to add the animation effect to the checkmark inside the checkbox.

1.2 How to Insert Checkbox in PowerPoint on Android?

In the PowerPoint application for Android, you cannot add a clickable checkbox. However, you can draw a checkmark inside a checkbox during the presentation. To do so, follow the 3 quick steps.

Step-1: Tap on the “Insert” option

The first step is to expand the menu bar located at the bottom of the screen. Then select the “Insert” option from the menu bar.

Step-2: Tap on the “Shapes” option

In the “Insert” menu, tap on the “Shapes” option. It will open another menu bar for shapes. Tap on the “Rectangular” option in the menu bar to insert a rectangle box into the slide.

Step-3: Tap on the “Slideshow” icon

Finally, you can tap on the “Slideshow” icon at the top of the screen to start the presentation. Select the “Pen” icon from the presentation toolbar to draw a checkmark inside the rectangle checkbox while presenting.

2. How to Use Checkbox in PowerPoint Slideshow?

You can use a clickable checkbox in Microsoft PowerPoint to check off items from a list with the help of your audience. To use the checkbox during a presentation, follow the 2 easy steps.

Step-1: Click on the “Slide Show” tab

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The first step is to start the presentation. Click on the “Slide Show” tab in the menu ribbon. Then click on the “From Current Slide” option in the “Start Slide Show” group of the “Slide Show” menu.

Step-2: Click on the checkbox

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In the presentation view, you can now click on a checkbox to check off that item.

3. How to Insert Check Mark in PowerPoint?

To insert a checkmark in PowerPoint, you can use the “Symbol” feature. You can learn more about different methods to insert a checkmark in my article here . To insert a checkmark using the “Symbol” feature, follow the 4 simple steps.

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The first step is to click on the text box where you want to insert the checkmark. Then click on the “Insert” tab in the menu ribbon.

Step-2: Click on the “Symbol” option

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In the “Insert” menu, click on the “Symbols” button. Then click on the “Symbol” option in the dropdown list. This will open the “Symbol” dialog box.

Step-3: Click on the “Font” box

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In the “Symbol” dialog box, click on the “Font” box at the top. Then click on the “Wingdings” option in the dropdown list under the “Font” box.

Step-4: Click on the “Insert” button

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Now you have to scroll to the bottom of the symbols box to find the available checkmark options in PowerPoint. Click on your preferred checkmark to select it. Then all you have to do is click on the “Insert” button at the bottom of the dialog box to insert the checkmark in the selected text box.

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Here are the steps to add a clickable checkbox in PowerPoint for Windows. You haven't specified your operating system, but this is not possible with PowerPoint for Mac.

  • In PowerPoint, choose File>Options>Customize Ribbon .
  • In the right-hand column, check Developer . OK out. The Developer tab is added to the Ribbon.
  • Select the Developer tab. In the Controls  group, click on the checkbox icon, then click on the slide where you want it to appear. 
  • To set its properties, click on the Controls>Properties icon while the checkbox is selected.

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  • Only tell your clients what they need to hear. The most important thing to keep in mind when constructing a PowerPoint presentation is that you must only tell your clients what they need to know – not everything you learned while completing the report. Clients are busy and stressed like everyone else, and only want to hear the key messages that address the solution
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  • One message per page . All slides should be page-numbered except for the contents page and the section dividers. Each slide should communicate only one message. Use bullets to communicate either quotes or facts. You can use an appendix for more in-depth information that you wish to share with your client.
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A PowerPoint slide is the fundamental building block of a Presentation. A PowerPoint presentation is simply a collection of different slides arranged in a logical manner to effectively communicate a story.

So then, what are the main components of building a slide?  We look at the 5 most important elements which needs to be there on any slide.

1.  Slide Title

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Always start creating a powerpoint slide with the Slide Title. Think of it as the key message or insight that you would like to present on the slide. Ideally , there should be only 1 main message on each slide. The slide title should be crisp and concise to effectively communicate the key message. It should be written in a powerful way such that the audience understands the message without having to read the main content of the slide. The slide title should present the slide synthesis of the main so what from the content on the slide. Remember, not a summary regurgitating the same facts which are on the slide but helping the audience move from facts to the most important so what from that single slide.

2. Charts/Graphs

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There are a number of data related PowerPoint charts that is in-built to represent numerical information. Use them extensively to illustrate numbers and quantitative information. You can choose from a number of chart options like Line Chart, Pie Chart, Waterfall chart, Bubble Chart, etc. Be careful to use the right chart for the right data. Using the right charts for financial data helps to enhance the visual communication of the powerpoint slide. 

3. TEXT 

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Gone are the days where you would use a PowerPoint slide to put lots of text on it. No one reads those slides anymore. Instead, use TEXT comments sparingly to only indicate the main point. Choose a big font size of at least 24 to ensure your audience can easily read the slides. If you must use bullets, not more than 3-5 bullets on a slide. You can also use Smart-Arts to represent text based information on the slide. Ensure you follow basic presentation tips that will make the reader engaged with reading the information on your slide.

4. Images/Icons

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Use Images and Icons to reinforce a point and not just to jazz up the powerpoint slide. Images are a great way to capture the attention and effectively communicate with the audience. There are a number of websites that allow you to download high quality images and icons. So, make the most of them. Sometimes you many need a paid subscription to access these images but there are lots of free websites as well that will allow you stock images for free. 

5. Footnotes/Source:

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Be sure to add any important footnotes or source on the slide. Footnotes and source complete a slide with any extra information that the audience should be aware of. If there is a source of information that you would want to call out on a slide, footnotes are the best place to put it. They serve to improve the authenticity of the presentation with the right attribution provided.

So as you can see, the above 5 elements are extremely crucial to make a slide in PowerPoint. These 5 elements are part of any slide and if we do each of them well, the overall slide looks compelling and helps us to convey the right piece of information to the audience.

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Adding check marks and checkboxes to your PowerPoint presentations can make them more visually engaging and help convey key information. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk through the various methods for inserting these useful symbols.

Why Use Check Marks and Checkboxes

Before jumping into the how-to steps, let’s first cover why you may want to add check marks and checkboxes to your PowerPoint slides:

  • Indicate progress or completion – Use check marks to visually show tasks being completed or goals achieved. This is useful for status updates, workflows, timelines, etc.
  • Create interactive checklists – Checkboxes allow your audience to visually “check off” items. This turns your presentation into an interactive experience.
  • Highlight correct answers – Place check marks next to the right answers to quiz questions or self-assessments to clearly show which ones are correct.
  • Draw attention – These simple symbols grab viewers’ attention, emphasizing key points.

Method 1: Insert Check Mark Symbols

The easiest way to add a check mark symbol is by using PowerPoint’s Symbol utility:

  • Navigate to the Insert tab
  • Click the Symbol icon
  • Select the More Symbols option
  • In the Font dropdown menu, choose Wingdings
  • Scroll down and select the check mark style you want
  • Click Insert to add it to your slide

You can insert symbols anywhere – text boxes, shapes, tables, etc. This method has a variety of check mark designs to choose from.

Insert check mark symbol demo

Method 2: Use Custom Bullets

To quickly insert check marks, especially for bullet points in a list, use PowerPoint’s custom bullet feature:

  • Type out your list
  • Select the list
  • Go to Home > Paragraph section > Bullets dropdown > Bulleted
  • Choose the bullet style with check marks

This will place the check mark symbols next to each list item. Simple!

Add check marks with custom bullets

Method 3: Insert Checkbox Symbols

For clickable checkboxes rather than static check marks, insert checkbox symbols:

  • Go to Developer > Controls and click the checkbox icon
  • Draw a checkbox on your slide by clicking and dragging
  • Right-click the checkbox > Edit Text
  • Type in the checkbox label
  • Click outside the box to save changes

Repeat to add multiple interactive checkboxes. This is great for quizzes, feedback forms, etc.

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Method 4: Use Check Mark Icons

For pre-made check mark icons, use PowerPoint’s Icons utility:

  • Navigate to Insert > Icons
  • Search for check mark related icons
  • Select the icon style you want

There are many check mark icon styles to choose from here.

Add check mark icon

Method 5: Draw a Custom Check Mark

To create your own unique check mark symbol:

  • Select Insert > Shapes
  • Pick a line or arrow shape
  • Draw the shape diagonally on your slide
  • Right click > Format Shape to change its color, size, etc.

Get creative with different shapes and angles!

Draw custom check mark shape

Method 6: Copy/Paste from Documents

Find check marks in Word, Excel or elsewhere, copy them, and paste directly into your PowerPoint slides. After pasting, you can resize them as needed.

Tips for Using Check Marks Effectively

Now that you know how to insert check marks and checkboxes in PowerPoint, here are some best practices for using them effectively:

  • Make sure symbols stand out clearly against slide backgrounds
  • Use larger sizes for more emphasis
  • Keep symbols consistent in style throughout your presentation
  • Animate symbols to draw attention to key checkpoints
  • Hyperlink shapes to connect checkboxes with actions/slides

The options are endless for creatively integrating these visual elements into your PowerPoint decks. With the techniques above, you can start enhancing your presentations today!

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In today’s blog post, we are going to show you how you can add a check mark symbol to your PowerPoint presentation. You will be shown 3 different ways (all of which are easy to follow) – so simply choose the one you like best! Here's an overview of the three options:

  • Copy and Paste the icon directly from our website
  • Copy and Paste as an Emoji
  • Go to the PowerPoint Insert-Tab and insert the check mark from there

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Option 1 - Copy and Paste

To follow the first possible option, pick one of the check marks below, copy them and insert them directly to your PowerPoint slide(s). We love this option for its simplicity - it literally takes no more than a minute. How to do that step by step:

  • Select one of the following checkboxes, click right and select “Copy” (or select and press CTRL+C): ☑ ✅ ✔ ✓ ⍻
  • Go to PowerPoint, right click on the slide where you want your checkbox to be (in a text box!) and click “Paste” (or CTRL+V)

Option 2 - Copy an Emoji

The second option is almost as easy as the first one. You will copy the check mark as an emoji and insert it in PowerPoint, just as shown in the first option. Here's a step-by-step-guide:

  • Go to emojicopy.com
  • Type “checkbox” into the searchbar on top

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  • Click on the one you’d like to use.
  • It will appear in the bar on the bottom. Click “Copy”.

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Option 3 - Use PowerPoint's Icons

PowerPoint also has an integrated tool for adding icons to your presentation - you don't even have to leave the program for adding a check mark. Here's how you can do that:

  • Go to the Insert-Tab in PowerPoint
  • Click on “Icons”

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  • Type “check” into the searchbar

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  • Click on one or more icons that you would like to insert

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  • Click insert. You can now adjust the icon as you like.
  • In the Graphics Format-tab, you can change the design of the icon.

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Need more Icons?

If you want to add some more icons to your presentation, there are several Websites where you can download them for free. We collected the best ones in our blog article Free Icon Resources for your PowerPoint Presentation . You will not only find check mark icons here, but also many more graphics you can use perfectly for your next PowerPoint presentation.

How do I insert a checkmark in PowerPoint?

If you want to insert a check mark directly in PowerPoint, go to the "Insert" tab. There, click on "Icons" and type "check" into the searchbar. There are also a few other ways to insert a check symbol in PowePoint that we have summarized for you in our blog.

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Imagine you are asked to solve a company’s problem to retain employees. It is a complex puzzle for which there are many possible solutions. Should the company change its pay structure? Offer more paid time off? Create a Google-style employee lounge?

If you had a list of all potential solutions, would you present each solution one-by-one to the stakeholders? This approach may be overwhelming for your audience, making it challenging for them to comprehend the options and make a decision. Instead, your objective could be to offer an understanding of the available options and recommendations to your audience, likely in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, that can facilitate the decision-making process. That is where the MECE principle can help. An important component of the famed Pyramid Principle , MECE helps you group ideas logically for better decision-making. This blog is intended to give you an overview of MECE and how to use it to build more compelling PowerPoint presentations.

What is the MECE principle?

The principle is used for grouping ideas in a way that covers all options without overlapping. MECE stands for mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive. Mutually exclusive means that each option falls into only one category. Collectively exhaustive means each possible option is represented. This ensures that no potential solutions are double-counted and that all possible solutions or approaches to a problem are considered.

MECE principle: Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive.

Businesses often apply this principle in brainstorming sessions, problem solving and project planning exercises to ensure they consider all relevant factors and offer comprehensive and effective solutions. While MECE is applicable to complex problems, its aim is to bring about clarity. Businesses and consultants can use PowerPoint presentations to guide clients through the complicated processes that enable better business decisions.

The origins of the MECE principle

Former McKinsey strategy consultant Barbara Minto invented the principle, though she attributes the original idea to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, whose work on logic and categorization laid the foundation for many analytical principles. MECE is a foundational concept within the Pyramid principle, an organizing framework Minto developed for training consultants on how to structure effective communications.

MECE pyramid.

The Pyramid principle, first published in Minto’s 1987 book of the same name, centers on presenting the top-level message first, then laying out supporting arguments and facts. In other words, each higher-level idea is a summary of the points below.

What the MECE principle is and is not

Steps to applying the mece principle.

By following these steps, you can apply MECE effectively and ensure that all possible options for solving a problem are considered in a comprehensive and organized way.

MECE steps.

Example 1: The MECE principle in everyday practice

For an everyday example, imagine you and your partner are trying to decide what movie to see.

First, you separate your movie choices into three categories:

  • Movies only one of you has seen
  • Movies both of you have seen
  • Movies neither of you has seen

Next, you refine those categories. For example, within the category of movies only one of you has seen, you have two subcategories:

  • Movies only you have seen
  • Movies only your partner has seen

MECE example: Movies.

In this example, all possible options will fall into one of these groups (collectively exhaustive), and no movie can appear in more than one group (mutually exclusive).

MECE: The business context

Some instances where businesses use the principle are:

  • How to increase revenue
  • Whether or not to acquire a given company
  • Whether or not to introduce a new product
  • If a new geographic market should be entered

Breaking down these questions in a presentation necessarily requires presenting a range of sub questions, assertions or options. The problem is that a long list is harder for your audience to digest and remember. By breaking questions into MECE groupings, you can ensure your message is laid out logically while making it easier for people to make an informed decision. Classic business examples of MECE groupings include:

  • Company revenue
  • Geographic location
  • Stakeholder segmentation

Example 2: Applying MECE to acquisition targets

For a business example of MECE, imagine an enterprise is assessing companies to acquire. To make sure it considers businesses of all sizes, it categorizes target organizations by number of employees. It creates seven groups, ranging from companies with fewer than 100 employees to companies with more than 100,000 employees.

MECE example: Employees to acquire.

The key here is making sure that there is no overlap and that all groupings are parallel, comparable and representative of companies of all sizes. At this point, a business can confidently assess its acquisition options based on the MECE framework.

Types of MECE groupings

So how do you come up with MECE groupings? Some common approaches are:

  • Two-part frameworks: Think of ways to break your groups into two pieces, such as internal vs. external, direct vs. indirect or benefits vs. costs.
  • Formulas: If you can use an equation, such as Profit = Sales – Costs, sales and costs are by definition MECE since they add up to the whole and figures can’t appear in both columns.
  • Item categories: Think of how you might categorize items such as different types of stakeholders, geographic area, customer segments, etc.
  • Processes: If you’re looking at a business problem related to processes, you can break down that process into discrete steps.
  • Break problems into pieces: If you’re starting with a question such as how to improve employee retention, you might break that down into smaller pieces focused on the causes behind the problem (e.g., compensation, onboarding and training, burnout, etc.). It is critical at this stage to develop a hypothesis on what the root cause might be to help inform what the smaller pieces are comprised of.
  • Using an “Other” Category: It’s not always possible to come up with all potential possibilities. Here you can use separate buckets for the most relevant items and group the rest into “Other.”

Regardless of approach, testing multiple hypotheses helps to find the best solution for each particular situation.

How to structure your slide deck with the MECE principle

Grouping ideas according to MECE forces you to clarify your thinking and can help determine how to best structure your PowerPoint presentation.

Let’s look at the example of how to improve employee retention from above. Here’s what your original brainstorming list might look like:

  • Increase compensation
  • More robust employee training
  • Improve health care package
  • Increase yearly bonus
  • Peer onboarding program
  • Redistribute workload
  • Increase 401(k) match
  • More paid time off
  • Monthly check-ins to ensure employees have support
  • No emails on weekends
  • Provide career path options
  • Mentor program

Example 3: Applying MECE will help your audience see the larger picture, and help you determine how to structure the information

MECE example: How to increase employee retention.

Making time for higher-level thinking

MECE can be time-consuming and demands critical thinking and analysis to unlock solutions that may otherwise be missed. In the fast pace of business, deadlines and competing priorities can distract from consistently applying the principle. When using the principle to break down a complex problem, it is often helpful to gather and present ideas using charts and visual aids to illustrate the different categories or segments of the analysis that can be easily understood by the audience.

A PowerPoint add-in like think-cell helps to save time on building presentations, slides and charts. Being able to put together visually compelling slides with a few clicks frees up time for higher level thinking as opposed to formatting. For example:

  • Charts can be instantly updated from Excel or Tableau, with automatic annotations to highlight the most important takeaway from the chart
  • Dynamic process flows let you build complex layouts from basic elements like chevrons and text boxes
  • Agendas let you quickly create divider slides that automatically update to reflect where you are in the presentation
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How to Insert a Checkmark and Checkbox in PowerPoint

A simple checkmark or checkbox can grab your audience's attention. Here's how to add them to your PowerPoint presentation.

PowerPoint presentations are a great way to communicate information to an audience, and including interactive elements can make them even more engaging. One such element is a checkmark or a clickable checkbox, which you can use to indicate items in a list.

So, let's explore the different ways to insert check marks and checkboxes in your PowerPoint presentation.

How to Add a Checkmark in PowerPoint

There are several ways to insert a checkmark in PowerPoint, including using the Wingdings font, the icons tool, and bulleted lists.

1. Using the Wingdings font

The Wingdings font is a particular font that contains various symbols, including the checkmark symbol. Here's how to insert a checkmark using the Wingdings font.

  • Select the slide where you want to insert the checkmark.
  • Click the Insert tab in the ribbon menu.
  • In the Symbol dialog box, select Wingdings from the Font drop-down menu.
  • Double-click on the checkmark symbol to insert it into the slide.

2. Using the Bulleted List Feature

A bulleted list is a simple way to add checkmarks to your PowerPoint presentations. It lists your items, with each having a checkmark symbol next to it. To insert checkmarks using bulleted lists:

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation and select the location where you want to insert the checkmark.
  • Click the Home tab.
  • In the Paragraph section, click on the Bullets drop-down menu.

You can enhance your bullet points using SmartArt in PowerPoint to make them more visually appealing.

3. Using the Icons Feature

PowerPoint offers an icons menu with various icons you can use in your presentations. You can also use this feature to insert a checkmark in your slides. Here's how.

  • Select the place where you want to insert a checkmark in your slide.
  • Click the Insert tab in the ribbon.
  • Choose a checkmark icon from the search results and then click Insert to add the icon to your slide.

4. Using the Checkmark Emoji

You can also add checkmarks to your slides using the emoji bar in PowerPoint. Follow these steps:

  • Select the slide where you want to add the checkmark.
  • Press Windows + Period on your keyboard to bring up the emoji bar.

These are the four easiest ways to insert a checkmark into your PowerPoint presentation. Each technique has its pros and cons, so you should pick the one that works best for you.

How to Add a Clickable Checkbox in PowerPoint

Checkboxes are part of PowerPoint add-ins that make your presentation more interactive . You can insert them in your slides to represent options that can be selected or unselected. Here's how to add checkboxes to your PowerPoint presentation.

  • Click and drag on the slide where you want the checkbox to appear.
  • Right-click the checkbox.
  • Click outside the checkbox to apply the changes.

To set the properties of the checkbox:

  • Select the Developer tab.

Create Engaging PowerPoint Presentations

Inserting checkmarks or checkboxes in PowerPoint is a simple yet effective way to enhance the visual impact of your presentation and engage your audience. Whether you're highlighting key points or just adding some visual elements, we've covered various methods to add a checkmark or checkbox easily to your PowerPoint slides.

How to Craft Slides like a MBB Consultants?

In consulting , every day is about spreadsheet and presentation slides. Also known as “deliverables”, this electronic visual document is used to deliver information to customers while pitching, providing project updates, or sharing the end results, in a clear, compelling, and engaging way.

The article is going to analyse what makes an MBB-standard slide deck, including its structure, fundamental elements, and formatting tips.

Table of Contents

What is the structure of an MBB slide deck?

An MBB-standard slide deck consists of 5 sections: title page, executive summary, contents and exhibits, key takeaways, and appendices.

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Section 1: Title page

Title page is the first slide, representing the purpose of the whole deck. It consists of a title, a headline, name of company, date and time. The title is usually less than 10 words long. It answers the question “What is the presentation about?”. A headline is an optional second description line, used for further elaboration.

Name of company depends on the owner of the slide deck, not who made it. If it belongs to the consulting firm’s authority, the slide will have that company’s name and use its signature colour-font scheme. Vice versa, if it is made for clients, the slide is owned by that organisation, using its logo and own design. Normally, the in-house designer will have a template in advance, the consulting firm only needs to insert data. When finished, the slide deck will be forwarded to the VGI centre for the final touch.

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Section 2: Executive summary (or At a glance)

Executive Summary, or also called At A Glance, briefly summarises the presenting “story” with key points of the slide deck. Based on the purpose of the presentation, the content in the Executive Summary varies. Normally, it gives a snapshot of key initiatives in the strategic plan, company capabilities in the business proposal, customer profile, business updates in review meetings, or merely a project summary. T his helps readers, who have no time to read them all, be able to scan only the Executive Summary for overview and take away the most important insights. Due to its nature, usually, the Executive Summary takes the most time to write.

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Section 3: Contents and exhibits

The primary purpose of slide deck is to visualise data in a clear and compelling style. Typically, there are 2 types of data in a presentation:

  • quantitative content, which will be converted to charts, and
  • qualitative content, which will be presented with diagrams or concept maps.

Specifically, to quantitative content, there are 6 chart families: bar/column family, line chart family, percentage family, Mekko family, scatter plot family, and waterfall family.

Content and Exhibits is the central section of the whole deck, where it decides if the presentation is well-qualified or not. There are 2 approaches that help keep the flow in a structured but engaging fashion: (1) Vertical Flow , which focuses on the key takeaway of each slide by applying Pyramid principle and MECE fashion, and (2) Horizontal Flow, which concentrates the storyline of the slide deck by connecting all titles to a meaningful story. 

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Section 4: Take action or recommendations

Take Action, or Recommendation, is a conclusion with proper solutions for addressing issues, usually containing more than one slide with supporting quantitative and qualitative data. In consulting culture, result-oriented is the fundamental mindset, of which every decision must clearly show the outcome/ impact. So do the MBB slides.

Section 5: Appendices (optional)

Appendices section is supplemental material added at the end of the deck, composed of additional slides and information that do not include during a pitch. This section is optional, some decks have it but some don’t. They are usually detailed and back up such as data, process clarifications, additional charts or testimonials for further researching. Packing slides with loads of information only get audiences jumbled in details and miss the big picture. Therefore, incorporating appendix slides at the end of deck will keep the slides clean but still have backups to flip back if questions arise.

What are the key components of an MBB slide?

Top of slide – title.

  • Action Title (or Lead) is a short summary of about 5-6 words, displayed at the top of the slide, in charge of 2 things: (1) represent the main ideas of the slide itself, and (2) direct the reading flows of the slide deck as a whole. The title should be specific and straightforward, rather than a generic one. For example, use “…” instead of “Market Size”. More importantly, it should make sense when it stands alone as well as when connected together in the presentation.
  • Headline is an additional 10-word description down below the Action Title, in charge of supplementing ideas or explaining further the context of slide or just merely giving units of data.

Middle of slide – Chart

  • Charts, there are 6 chart families: bar/column family, line chart family, percentage family, Mekko family, scatter plot family, and waterfall family.
  • Legend, also called the graph series, is an area of chart describing metrics of charts, appears as a box to the right or left of the graph.
  • Bubble (or callout): is an attached message, giving additional information in front of an element, and is usually used to state what has not yet included in the analysis.
  • Stickers: normally displayed at the top right of the slides, working as a note for the purpose of the slide. Common stickers are (1) “For Discussion” – means the representing data and statements are quite controversial that need more discussion from listeners; (2) “Preliminary ” and “Highly preliminary” for those slides that have not come to the final conclusion; (3) “Indicative” implicitly shows that the given numbers are not 100% accurate but gives a good direction/the right picture for the slide deck; and (4) “Illustrative” to note that data are precisely true but rather hypothetical numbers, showing the relationship among variables.

Bottom of slide – Additional information

  • Date: is the current date of making slides, stays at the bottom of the slide. Slide is not always for presenting, sometimes it circulates within the firms for referencing, the created date line helps readers know exactly when the slides are made and if the given fact/statement is suitable or not.
  • Footnote is an additional explanation for the designated data above it, which is no need for onscreen presentation, placed at the bottom of slide.
  • Page number & On-page tracker are for readers to easily keep track during the presentation, and able to refer to if needed.
  • Sources are usually cited below the footnote, showing the credibility of the shown data as well as giving proper credit to authors. Besides, it helps readers locate the sources for further research.

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Managing the flow of contents within a slide

It is important to keep a smooth flow within each slide and throughout the deck, making it easier and more enchanting to follow the slides. There are 2 main flows:

Vertical flow

Vertical flow is applied for the slide itself. This approach focuses on the purpose of each slide: “Why is the data meaningful to the situation?”, “What is the takeaway?”.

To fully and efficiently deliver the information, besides the basic elements mentioned above, each slide must consist of 3 main parts: (1) KEY MESSAGE as headings; (2) MAIN ARGUMENTS as subheadings; and (3) SUB-ARGUMENTS with SUPPORTING DATA for deeper analysis in form of charts.

The structure of each slide can be drafted based on the Pyramid principle in a MECE fashion. The Pyramid Principle is an approach for creating a logical and structured storyline, backed up by data. Quite similar to Issue Tree, a Pyramid starts with an introduction mentioning the issue and answer, and the rest are arguments to support the answer. Meanwhile, MECE means “mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive” – breaking down items into small pieces without overlapping and no gap.

Besides, try to avoid clotheslines. It is a long list of bullets with no illustration, which is usually assumed as not structured but rather displayed in a random style. A solution is to group these bullets into big categories, with sub-arguments if needed, to show a MECE and strategic structure.

Horizontal flow

Horizontal flow is a story-based approach that concentrates on the slide deck as a whole. It helps connect all slides to make a meaningful flow and grab the audience’s attention. There are 2 basic steps:

  • Step 1: Draft your data by sketching all ideas, arranging them chronologically, and connecting titles into a story flow. This plan is called “Mickey Mouse Master” or “straw-man”
  • Step 2: Make slides based on the sketch. Consultants can both do it themselves, or hand it over to a specialised department called the VGI centres.

Tips on how to read MBB slides

Consultants have to read mountains of decks at a time. Literal mountains. Hundreds of slides. On Friday nights. However, way too little time they have to read them all. Therefore, a smart approach is extremely necessary, to digest the most knowledge from those slides in the shortest time. Here is how a typical consultant will do:

After being assigned to a project, the very first thing to do is to find all materials. Normally, consultants will go straight to the company content library. At McKinsey people call it PD – Practice Development, which contains all documents of internal research and findings from previous client work.

Usually, these materials are in form of slides, which are organised in a structured and MECE fashion, which helps the reading process easier and faster. However, to read them efficiently, skim and scan in a top-down fashion. The order is to read the Executive Summary first, then Index, Titles, and Leads. This approach helps cover the fundamentals of the topic and easily spot out the right position of one specific

During the researching process, there are parts that consultants need to turn back the source and do some deeper research. With that previous skim-scan, consultants can easily spot the exact position of that section immediately.

Sometimes, when information from PD sources is rare, consultants can get additional information from the internal network, This will help find out similar projects that have done elsewhere in the world and contact the key personnel in charge of them. One significant point about the MBB network is that either that colleague already left the firm or still working, they are all super supportive and willing to help at their best. Consultants can have a call with the authors who made those slides to ask for more information. Normally, they will provide additional raw data files, or simply explain via phone. 

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Tips on how to write MBB slides

#1. Have a top-down mindset. It is an analysis approach, found across the consulting industry, that goes from general to specific, focusing on identifying the big picture and all of its components. Especially in making slides, this helps structure the content systematically to communicate effectively and drive decision-making.

#2. Do Ghost Deck first. This is an early draft of a PowerPoint deck, planning only titles and headlines to create a meaningful storyline in advance. In addition, there can be some quick sketches of exhibits such as tables or graphs in this draft. Ghost Deck is used as a work plan, aligning on the approach and direction to get to the final version while minimising wasted work. Once the team or client agrees with the storyline, the rest of deck then continues to develop.

#3. Ensure writing concisely and wording professionally. As consultants have so little time to read all the material, a to-the-point consulting writing style will help ease this process. Besides, the use of words in slides are extremely important. Therefore, make sure to use the right consulting terms in the right place.

#4. Keep the Vertical Flow in each slide and Horizontal Flow in the whole deck. This ensures each slide defines the key issues clearly and persuasively, as well as organises a meaningful storyline and keeps a logical but engaging flow throughout the deck.

#5. Every content exhibited on slides must be data-supported. An argument is regarded as gibberish when it is not proven by credible evidence. Evidence can be hypothetical, anecdotal, testimonial, or statistical, visualised in forms charts, diagrams or tables.

#6. Every title must be specific and detail-oriented. Titles are the key takeaways of the slide itself and the whole deck, where consultants pay their foremost attention to quickly skim-scan the content before reaching deeper. Therefore, they must be clear and straightforward to deliver the right message in the shortest time.

#7. Every chart must have measurement units and source citation as it makes the visualised data meaningful and gives credibility to the chart itself. Unit is usually noted below the title of charts, while the source is cited at the end of the slide. Also, in case readers want to do further research, a citation of source will help them trace back to the original version much easier and faster.

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Tips on how to format MBB slides

  • Reach out to VGI. This is a Design Centre at McKinsey that specialises in creating MBB-standard slides. Consultants only need to draw up ideas, frames, or sometimes a complete slide with dummy text on papers, in other words, the Mickey Mouse Master. Take a picture. Send it to India. Set a deadline. Include a charge code of our project. 99.9% of the time, the VGI will send back output perfectly on time. This is the fastest and most guaranteed way to get a flawless well-qualified slide deck.
  • Be meticulous. Consultants themselves must hold extremely high standards of everything to make sure every bullet, every spacing, every detail is on point, even if they are done by the VGI or not.
  • Same elements on different slides at the exact position. This helps keep consistency among all slides. In order to do this, one way is to duplicate that slide, then fix the remaining elements. Another way is to select that element, copy it, then go to a new slide, and press paste, it will be shown at exactly the same spot as the previous one.
  • Bold for highlight is a great way to emphasise key elements or important ideas, attracting readers’ attention.
  • Have a consistent format scheme of colour, font, and size for an even look. This depends on the owner of the deck – the consulting firm itself or the client – to follow its scheme. Specially, to some clients, the in-house designer will have a template in advance, the consulting firm only needs to insert data.
  • Consistent alignment of top – bottom – left – right and leave a small margin around slides, avoid missing information.
  • Line spacing in between bullets and paragraphs to improve scannability.

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Terminology & Recap

  • Deck, or “PowerPoint presentation”, is a series of slides about one specific topic, used in almost every consulting situation, including final reports, formal presentations, and detailed analysis documents.
  • Ghost Deck is the skeleton of the whole deck, consists of titles and headlines only. Most ghost decks are blank, however, some include rough sketches of exhibits (tables, graphs, etc.). Ghost Deck drafts out the storyline before going into details, helps minimise wasted work if there is any popup change in data.
  • E xecutive summary is a summary, briefly recapping the most important insights of the presentation, placed as the second slide in the deck (after the Title Page).
  • Appendix, also referred to as “back-up pages”, is a supplemental section of additional data that do not include during the pitch, placed at the end of the deck.
  • Mickey Mouse Master, or “straw-man”, is a draft of a presentation, presenting the Ghost Deck on a 3×3 grid paper.
  • VGI is a support centre at McKinsey, in charge of creating an MBB-standard slide deck by request. Consultants can send their Ghost Deck with specific data to the VGI office, give further explanation or requirement if needed, at set a deadline. The VGI office will take the request and send back the presentation to further touch if needed.
  • Action Title is a short summary, about 5-6 words long written in a concise and to-the-point fashion, representing the key ideas in a meaningful story flow. It is placed at the top of the slide.
  • Lead is an additional description presenting supplementing ideas or further explanation of the slide, placed below the Action Title.
  • Legend is an area of chart describing its metrics, explaining characters, symbols, or marking patterns that are usually unfamiliar to readers, placed as a box to the right or left of the graph.
  • Bubble, or “callout”, is an attached message, giving additional information in front of an element, and is usually used to state what has not yet included in the analysis.
  • Sticker is a note stating the purpose of individually that specific slide, placed at the top right of it. Common stickers are “For Discussion”, “Preliminary”, “Indicative”, “Illustrative”.

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How to Create Killer Presentation Slides (Key Components and Tips)

Last updated on April 16th, 2024

How to Create Killer Presentation Slides (Key Components and Tips)

Powerful slide presentations are visually appealing, not visually distracting. They effectively convey a specific message to a certain group of people for various purposes. However, not everyone knows about the crucial components of a killer presentation that can impact the listeners’ minds.

Slide shows are easy to produce, update, and present if you know how to grab the attention of your audience . Creating powerful presentations is one of the skills that will let you differentiate from many professionals, business leaders, public speakers as well and students. That is why you must be aware of specific components of engaging presentations with tips to present in front of any listener. So, how to make a good slideshow presentation? In this article, we present tips that will let you make killer presentations that stand out from the crowd.

Why putting in the effort to create killer presentations?

In the modern age of technological revolution, digital means of communication have prevailed in almost every type of industry. If you want to deliver an idea, a message, a business proposal, or an argument, slide decks are one of the most effective tools to achieve these objectives.

1. Presentations are powerful sales tools

PowerPoint presentations are effective sales tools as they are used for selling ideas, products, and services in almost all types of industries and for a variety of business models, B2B sales, B2C, social selling, etc. A speaker or presenter may have his own method of delivering a message but the visual appeal of the sales deck proves to be very helpful in resonating with the minds, thoughts, and ideas of the listeners.

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By using sales presentations or sales decks, a salesman can inform his prospective clients by informing them of the potential benefits of his products or services. He can then convince them by identifying their problems and offering his product or service as a solution. In the end, with the aid of a structured sales presentation that includes compelling graphics, diagrams, infographics, and visual slides, he can persuade his listeners to purchase his product or service. A salesman with a top-notch slide presentation can convert his listeners into customers.

2. Presentations are important in public speaking

Being a good orator or public speaker is not enough to leave a long-lasting impact on your audience during your public speaking activities. You will need the assistance of other techniques and tools as well to become a powerful public speaker . That is why presentations are very useful in the public speaking process as they facilitate the speaker in conveying his message through the visual aid.

According to analysts, a piece of visual information gets perceived and understood 60,000 times faster than textual information . So, the recipe to deliver a top-notch public speech is to have a well-organized and audience-focused speech along with organized and structured visuals and graphics in the form of a presentation.

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or Adobe Photoshop expert to create and design a killer presentation for your next event or activity. You can take advantage of free templates and presentation slides provided by sites like FPPT, where you can download thousands of premade PowerPoint Templates for any topic. In this way, you can focus more on your presentation delivery part than on slide designing and preparation stages.

3. Presentations are essential for promoting brands

To outshine your competition in the ever-vibrant markets, you need to be aware of modern and appealing business tactics and techniques to grab the attention of prospective buyers and prospects.

When business leaders and professionals attend various seminars, exhibitions, or virtual video conferences, slide decks become much more effective tools to promote your services, products, and ultimately brands.

Presentations can be regarded as the language of business communication processes. Therefore, mastering the art of making and delivering efficient slide decks has become more relevant and necessary in the modern business landscape. Putting all the effort into making a killer presentation will help you to differentiate yourself from your competitors.

So, how to give a killer presentation? In the next chapters we will explain how to prepare a great presentation and give it to the audience.

What are the Key Components of a Killer PowerPoint Presentation?

In order to develop and present powerful PowerPoint presentations, you need to be aware of a structured approach to organizing your data and information in the form of slides. Here are some actionable key components of a killer presentation that can help you in achieving your desired goals and help you make your presentation look better.

1. Cover Slide 

A cover slide is used to set the tone of the whole presentation topic. Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to create your slides cohesively by offering some basic preset themes and color variations. However, to grab the attention of your listeners, you will need to have a more professionally designed slide presentation. Our website comes in handy in offering a variety of presentation cover PPT slides and designs for almost any kind of presentation topic that you may have. For example, if you want to deliver a presentation on the topic of market trends, you can have a look at the Free Market Trend Analysis PowerPoint Template , to have an idea of how the cover slide will look in this case. You can customize your presentation cover page and slides as per the guidelines of your company’s brand identity or you can choose your own visually appealing graphics to seem more interesting.

2. Agenda or Table of Contents Slide

After designing and setting your cover slide, it is time to provide an overview to your audience about the topic and purpose of your presentation. This is generally done with the help of agenda slides in your presentation.

For example, if you deliver a presentation about a potential product to prospective buyers, you can mention the following upcoming slides in your agenda slide in a numbered manner.

  • Who are you?
  • What is the problem being faced by users?
  • How can you (your company or business) solve this problem?
  • Why choose your solution?
  • Drawbacks of using other products and the benefits of using your product?
  • Questions and Answers Session

Typically, each point in the agenda slide will correspond to a specific slide in your presentation. 

Agenda or Table of Contents Slide

In some interactive presentations, designers can place a link so clicking on each of the agenda items will navigate to the desired section and then get back to the agenda. If you want to consider a ToC instead of Agenda, you can learn more on how to create a Table of Contents for your PowerPoint presentation .

3. Storytelling Approach as a Crucial Component

No matter what type of topic is going to be presented, you should always remember that you are delivering the presentations to fellow human beings who have certain desires, feelings, and emotions. In order to leave a profound impact on your audience, your message should resonate with the feelings, and emotions of listeners. That is why, by using a storytelling approach , you can master the art of persuasion.

You need to tell the idea and story behind your product or service and relate it to the needs, wants, and desires of the prospects. The goal is to make your listeners realize that you are exactly a match for their problems and worries. You need to be aware of your buyer personas to become a more effective presenter.

4. Explaining the Problem under Discussion

You need to be aware of the background of your audience to understand their needs, desires, and problems. At this stage, you must mention the problem under discussion in your slide to demonstrate that you have a clear knowledge of the issues being faced by the target customers. Typically you will use a Problem Slide here.

Explain how the problem affects your customers, other businesses, and, if applicable, the whole world. In this way, you can maintain a solid position on the stage as the listeners will be more attentive to you when you discuss their pain points.

5. Offering Your Solution 

Now, when the problem being faced by the users has been thoroughly discussed, it’s time to introduce your product, service, or idea as a solution. You have grabbed the attention of your audience until now and listeners are now eager to learn about a possible solution for their worries. This is done with the help of Solution slides.

You need to be creative at this stage while explaining multiple solutions for the issues being faced by the users. You can use PowerPoint shapes to give a visual touch to your textual information. You can also use relevant charts (bar charts, pie charts, line charts, etc.), graphs, tables, infographics , images, gifs, and videos to make your slides more interesting. You can also use metaphors and analogies to represent ideas and explain the solution.

6. Persuasion with Data and Proof

After presenting your solution, it is time to persuade your listeners to take an interest in your offer. If you have developed some reports, you can present their conclusions to potential clients. You can show the data in the form of charts or graphs as they combine both textual and visual elements for better understanding.

You can also mention statistics (key stats) about why your product, service, or idea is better than other industry players. By providing concrete sets of data, you can make the decision-making process of your potential audience much easier. Typically you’d use the key statistics slide to present this information, unless you want to compare metrics vs. other competitors or products. In this case, you will use comparison slides.

7. Call to Action Slide (or CTA slide)

After presenting your proofs and statistics, it is high time to persuade your listeners to respond to your specific call to action. You need to make them aware of all the options that they have and how they can choose a suitable option as per their requirements and budgetary needs.

The goal is to give a clear call to action to your audience. Do not make anything ambiguous or confusing. Your ideas, solutions, and ultimate CTA must be concise, to the point, and compelling in nature.

Sometimes, this call to action is no more than a Thank you slide with the Contact Information, a last slide with a QR Code to drive the audience to visit your website or call you, or just a summary slide with the important information you want the audience to save in their minds.

8. Questions and Answers 

In order to continue the dialogue between you and your listeners, you can add a Questions and Answers slide in your presentation. In this way, the audience will have the opportunity to ask any further questions that they may have about your ideas, arguments, offers, or solutions. The goal of having a Q&A session or using Q&A slides in your presentation is to make the communication between the speaker and the audience effective to meet the desired objectives of the overall presentation.

9. Reviewing Your Slide Presentation

At this stage, you should review your entire presentation from the beginning to the end to identify any potential grammatical mistakes and errors in your slides. Make sure that all of your slides are coherent and cohesive with respect to each other and present the topic in a seamless flow. 

Ensure all animations, transitions, and visual elements are working and set properly. You can show your presentation to some other professional as well to ask for his opinion. Test the running of the slides in the presentation mode by playing a PowerPoint slideshow and make sure that all points in your slides make sense and seem appealing. Playing the slide show is especially useful if you are applying animations and transitions, or if you want to see how the presentation flows from the first slide to the last slide.

3 Tips for Delivering Powerful Presentations by Defining a Killer Structure

To outshine as a persuasive presenter, here are three useful tips for structuring and delivering your presentations. Here are three effective tips on how to give a killer presentation:

1. Don’t Rely on Pre-set Elements in Your Slides

Every presentation topic has specific customized needs. To fulfill these needs and requirements, the presenter must keep in mind the actual theme of the presentation, the flow of the upcoming topics, and ultimately the desired call to action. 

Even when you use premade templates , you can customize specific points, visual slides, fonts, animations, and transitions in your slides. Your PowerPoint Presentation’s theme must complement your needs. Decide whether using bullet points for your topics is a good idea or not. Bullet points are important but they are not always appropriate for all topics. Professional designers may argue that bullet points are boring, and not recommend using them but instead use one of the possible alternatives to traditional bullet points , like block lists, sections or even icons.

If there is no need for animations or transitions in specific slides, don’t use them. Make sure your presentation is not underwhelming for listeners.

2. Be Aware of the Presentation Tools and Equipment

A presenter must be aware of the usage of the tools and equipment necessary for delivering presentations. You should test all the tools before the actual presentation like the projector, HDMI or VGA Adapter, Presentation Remote, Wireless Keyboard, Microphone, Speakers, Smartpen, and presentation devices like Laptops or PCs. 

If any malfunctioning or mishap happens during your actual presentation, you may lose the interest, and attention of your audience and ultimately the purpose of your presentation. That is why, it is necessary to be aware of all possibilities related to your presentation equipment and you must have some backup solution in case any unwanted activity happens.

The format of your presentation is also important. While you can play any .pptx or .ppt file in PowerPoint, when you present in a different environment, it would be recommended to save it in a different format (e.g. a PDF presentation ) or host the presentation online.

3. Using Premade Presentation Templates

A smart presentation designer always saves time and focuses on the areas that actually matter for the effectiveness of his presentation delivery mechanism. You don’t need to hire a professional designer for your presentation development or design the slides from scratch all by yourself. 

You can save your valued time and resources by downloading professional PowerPoint templates like those offered by SlideModel or the free templates provided by Free PowerPoint Templates totally free of cost. Now, you can focus more on the rehearsal of your presentation than on developing your desired professional pitch deck. Developing and delivering killer  presentations was never this convenient before.

Final Words

Presentations are used for a variety of purposes in the business world like selling your products and services, public speaking in seminars and video conferences, and promoting your brands and businesses in exhibitions. Therefore, it is very important for business leaders and professionals to learn about the potential elements of powerful presentations that can win the attention of any audience and how each level can contribute to delivering a presentation, depending on the type of presentation to be created.

A killer slide presentation starts with a solid cover and agenda slides but it also ends with a solid last slide. It involves a storytelling approach to highlighting the pain points of the potential users and offering a solution. It includes slides that contain visually appealing statistical data and information to convince prospective listeners to respond to a specific call to action (CTA). It concludes with a Questions and Answers session in which all of the ambiguities of the listeners are cleared in an effective manner.

By keeping in mind all the above-mentioned tips and key elements related to presentations, any business professional can achieve his desired presentation goals in an actionable and measurable manner.

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PowerPoint Ticker Text Animation – 3 Easy Methods

Sep 30, 2018 | Articles , DataPoint , DataPoint Real-time Screens , TickerPoint

  • First of all, it has a continuous animation which draws more the attention to the screen.
  • Secondly, it can display a long text or combine messages into a large message.  Think about the last 10 headlines of the news.
  • Because it runs continuously, it allows you to show the same text over multiple slides.  Each slide can still show some specific information, but the text ticker will continue to play.  Basically, you can combine your normal information slides and still make room for a ‘second channel’.
  • And finally, this is an optional step, you can use data linking tools or add-ons to change the content of the text, even while the slideshow is running.

How to add a PowerPoint ticker text animation

There are basically 3 options:

  • Normal text box, with PowerPoint ticker text animation, but static content
  • Dynamic ticker via DataPoint
  • Dynamic tickers via TickerPoint

1. Normal PowerPoint ticker animation

PowerPoint ticker text animation

There is another option. Insert a text box and type in your information highlight the text and choose Animations, then choose “fly in” in then the advance animation menu choose “from right” next change the duration to 12 seconds. In “repeat” click on “until the end of slide” Then drag the text box to just outside the slide area and save.

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Good point. That is another variation of our first method.

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I want to control the speed that the text and a graphic above it scroll together across the screen so I can use it to show the script that the speaker is reading along with related graphics.

Sorry that the software can’t do. This is more a solution for an unattended information screen…

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