Break up blocks of text on your slides
No one likes a reading assignment, especially during a presentation. A paragraph on a slide is as unappealing as a long list of bulleted text. However if you must make record of a few sentences of text, break them up and disperse them across the slide. Weave them in between photographs and/or graphics so that the sentences (or better yet, sentence fragments) are quickly read and understood.
Take a look at the slide below. The photographs need to be loosely associated. You can use ellipses to break up a sentence so that it flows over more of the slide. The sentences and phrases are less daunting for the audience. They can read quickly without losing their place and gain a "feel" from the photographs that the text wouldn't provide.
Use this technique the next time you have a paragraph that needs visual enhancement.