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Professional Slides for Presentations

Everything you need you already have

In my last article I talked about the problems you face with presentations — now I want to show you a solution to many of those quarrelsome annoyances.

Just use this template, a simple text editor and run your slides in a Web Browser.

What does that look like?

Click through this demo presentation to get a feeling and a glimpse of what’s possible. Of course you don’t have to (and actually should not) implement everything that is shown here, but this demo covers many things most of you probably need.
Later, when making your own slides, you can open this demo (demo.html) in an editor and take ideas from it.

html5slidesDemo Presentation
(Press [F] on your keyboard for fullscreen)

How can I make my own?

All you have to do is download the small file below and extract the zipped folder on your computer, no need to install any additional software.

Download (.zip, 892 KB)

The content are a bunch of folders with HTML, CSS and Javascript files, but in fact you only need to edit two files:

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Problems with Presentations

Giving a presentation is a difficult task on its own

You want to bring your point across and inform, entertain and impress the listeners.
I can’t help you with your speaking or content (however, there are many tips online: for a perfect presentation, what to avoid, how to speak more fluently etc.) – I want to focus on the presentation slides.

If everything else is sub-optimal, you can still win some points by impressing on the screen.
(I call this the “Michael-Bay-principle”.)

This is an introductory article about the problems you won’t have to worry about anymore if you read my upcoming follow-up article.

The Problems with PowerPoint

There is absolutely nothing wrong with using PowerPoint for your slides, but there are some disadvantages — and you probably have experienced some of them at least once:

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