Sticky Presentations bite size article: Make labels exciting

Make labels exciting

Mar 15, 2013

Nothing is worse than not being able to see text on presentation slides and wondering what the presenter is referring to. This is especially true in busy slides with labels trying to describe parts of a picture or a diagram. Information on every corner of the presentation slide seems to be fighting for the viewers' attention without a specific focus. Sitting in such a presentation session can be quite tiring and frustrating at times.

There are many ways that we can make labels clear and somewhat exciting. The whole idea is to ensure that the audience is able to see (and or read) the labels easily. To do that, labels need to be big enough and having good colour contrast against the slide content (background).

The examples below will illustrate a few ways to make labels exciting.

Boxed Labels. One interesting way to add labels on an image is to use a box with an arrow pointing to the part of the image where the label is meant. Instead of a perfect rectangle box, we can also use the freehand line tool to create an imperfect rectangle for the label.

Talk Bubble Labels. We can also use the talk-bubble object to create labels pointing to a part of a chart. Talk bubble objects can be easily created on PowerPoint or Keynote.

Flagged Labels. Having text in a flag can be quite unique for labels. Use a combination of a rectangle box with a line or arrow pointing to the area to be labeled.

Labels are just like any text objects on your presentation slides. They need to be visible and large enough for your audience to see. Otherwise they defeat the purpose of having labels on your presentation slides.

The author, ANG Tian Teck is a coach, trainer, and speaker, specialising in inspiring organisations and business leaders to deliver high impact presentations. He has coached, trained, and infected over 10,000 individuals across the region with his Amazing Sticky Presentations approach. Tian Teck is also the author of two books, Sticky Presentations, and Spinning I.D.E.A.S.

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