SlideShare Tips

SlideShare tips learned from my mistakes

Have you ever noticed that when it comes to marketing or social marketing, there is always that learning curve when you are doing new things and I have noticed that while many people will say to do this or that, it takes you actually doing the action and more often than not learning from the many mistakes that you will make.

I remember doing my first Slideshare and to be very honest I had no clue what I was doing, I just had read that this was a good thing to do if you wanted to be noticed or seen and that everyone was doing it. Who was I to argue with such logic :-)

I’m not going to go into all the different challenges I had doing that very first SlideShare,lets just say that there were a few times I wanted to give up, but I didn’t ( in part because I am stubborn) and because I really wanted to learn how to create a SlideShare presentation.

There are a few SlideShare tips that I would like to share with you that I learned from my own mistakes…

1. When creating a SlideSare, always think visual and less words! I have seen some very good presentations on SlideShare that have very few people reading, simply because the person creating their presentations “talked too much”. When you realize that visual information is processed 60,000 times faster than text then you will understand that good images are very important.

2. I love playing with fonts, but you really need to think about a couple of things..one being your reader being able to read what you are saying. If you have problems reading or deciphering  what you are saying, then you can count on others having the same problem! Using a few different fonts for interest is O.K, but don’t go crazy no matter how you are tempted and keep to fonts that will compliment each other.

3.Have you ever heard the expression “too much of a good thing?” well the same goes for SlideShare presentations. The fact is if your slideshare is too long then people will get bored. The best rule of thumb is keep your slides to between 20 -40 slides.

4.I know that when I was doing that first Slideshare I had a lot of problems simply because I was not happy with that first creation, in fact the more I tried to work on the presentation the more problems I had!  I was wise enough to realize that if I was having problems with what I was making, how would others feel so I deleted everything and started again. Listen to your feelings. If you are not happy with what you are doing,  scrap it and start again. Trust me you will be a lot happier and so will your readers!

5.  While you may believe that the power of your slideshare is in the presentation itself, the fact is the power of SEO when describing your SlideShare from the moment you upload it to the tags you use is where the real power of your SlideShare is at. Think about how you will be describing your presentation, what tags will you use and then think about how you will share your SlideShare with your social networks.

If you would like to know more about how to make are really great SlideShare then this presentation by DashBurst is a must see and will cover a lot of the different aspects.  Obviously they were not too concerned with the length of the presentation, but then again they are a big name and people  tend to not get bored with Dashburst at the best of times lol.

One last point that I want to make is based on my experience.  While I agree that using Microsoft PowerPoint is maybe the best way to create a presentation,  I have to  say that the SlideShares I have been creating are being built on Google Drive and  to be honest, I think this is one Google Product that is easy to use and maybe one of the best reasons to try it out is …its free!
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