Storyboarding your Presentation: Why is it Important?

When you want to create an effective presentation, it is best to start with a sort of mind-mapping of your ideas by jotting them down on a piece of paper. This is what we call storyboarding the presentation and it is perhaps the best technique to create a seamless PowerPoint presentation.

A technique invented by Walt Disney somewhere in the 1920’s and still popular today, storyboarding is a crucial part of the creative process that allows you to visualize the ideas and information in your head, draw it out on paper, make instant changes and then replicate the final idea in PowerPoint.

In many instances, a hand-doodled presentation storyboard turns out to be much useful in allowing your creative juices to flow as compared to starting right off on the digital screen.

So for those who want to experiment with storyboarding their presentation for the first time, here are some tips to help you through the process:

1. Generate Ideas

Create a rough outline of your presentation highlighting all the main points. I would suggest you to go about it using sticky notes. Take each piece of note as one slide and give each of them a title (e.g. Introduction of the Brand, Problem/ Background, Facts and Figures, Solution etc.) Alternatively, you can use a large sheet of paper with boxes for each slide. Once your key points/ slides are finalized, you can add their respective secondary or tertiary slides under them.

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2. Sort

Usually, the mind of product’s creator is flooded with ideas but all those ideas don’t necessarily be comprehensible to the general audience. Try to give balanced concepts considering the comprehension level of your audience without letting your ideas lose their ingenuity.

3. Sketch:

A presentation is usually made up of two elements i.e. text and graphic. So in your storyboard you can highlight which text will go under which title and what kind of visual will be suitable to add with it. You don’t need to be an artist to draw the graphics. Just doodle some basic shapes to give your team an idea the kind of graphic you’ll put on a certain slide.

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4. Decide the sequence:

The basic idea of storyboarding is to help you think through the whole presentation and not going from slide to slide. So once your storyboard is finalized you can see how the whole presentation will look like in a bigger picture. Lastly, you can decide upon the layout of your slides, its colors, and even something as trivial as slide transitions/ effects.

Once a rough paper-drawn structure of your presentation is ready you can simply launch PowerPoint and start replicating stuff from the storyboard. It will save you much time as you wont be going back and forth on the slides and your presentation will be seamless.