Consistency is a hallmark of a professionally produced presentation. There are two types of consistencies: 1) how the presentation is written, and 2) how the presentation looks.
- Among the consistencies that need to be addressed when developing storyline and writing the presentation are:
- Terminology usage: always refer to something in the same way. For example, if you're talking about ideas in your presentation, always call them "ideas." Don't bounce all over the place calling them innovative impressions, brainstorming products, light bulbs. Your audience will thank you. They won't have to figure out that you mean "ideas."
- Acronyms: first reference acronyms and then use the acronyms consistently thereafter.
- Ordering lists: if you refer to Peter, Paul, and Louise a lot in the presentation, don't switch the order unless there is a good reason to do so.
- Font size, line point size, application of colors to specific fields/field types, placement and sizing of repetitive objects
- Wings/no wings on arrows, the angle of the arrow heads. PowerFrameworks helps you with these issues. All of the arrow heads in the flows (regardless of whether they have wings or not) have the same angle, which promotes consistency as well as interchangeability.
- Alignments and distributions; hierarchies, indents, and bullet points
Look for a feature article soon that dives deeper into this topic. This is an important topic for those who want to produce professional-quality presentations.