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How to Improve Your PowerPoint Slides with the Rule of Thirds (Flashback Friday #14)

On Fridays, we dip into the article archive and emerge with one of the most memorable articles. We’ll dust it off, shine a light on it, and consider it from a new perspective.

Today’s Flashback Article

How to Improve Your Slides with the Rule of ThirdsThis week, we’re transporting back to March 2009 to learn about a simple technique which makes your slides more visually balanced: the rule of thirds.

Like most speakers, I am not a superstar graphic designer. My 11-year-old daughter is more artistic than me. I spend most of my time getting the content right, and “making it look good” has been a lower priority.

However, I still want my slides to look professional and aesthetically pleasing. So I rely heavily on quick, simple tips and strategies derived from the many design books on my shelf. One of my favorites is the Rule of Thirds, a technique borrowed from photography. It’s easy to apply, and has made a big difference in my slides over the past decade.

Read the article, and think how you can add visual appeal to your slides:


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