Create Engaging Presentations

Three key tips for making presentations that stick:

  1. Be simple
  2. Show something
  3. Tease before you tell

Also check out 10 Tips for Designing Presentations that Don’t Suck for more useful tips.

Delivering an Engaging Presentation

Breakdown of best practices:

  • Formulate a story to help you stick to a core message
  • Use the Notes View to plan your oral presentation
  • Less is More = One point per slide
  • Communicate visually with clear charts, graphs, and images
  • Avoid blocks of text

Revising Your Slides


Great information and image, but too many points for one slide.

Slide example. Too much going on in the slide. Looks busy with an image and too much text..


Split this info into two slides, then add a graphic element to convey a summarizing point.

A more simple slide showing a chart to display information


Don't shy away from using a whole slide for one main point or image!

A slide with a bigger image, less text

Copyright Free Images

Be aware of copyright and attribution requirements for the images you use from the internet. 

Here are a few resources for copyright-free, public domain, or Creative Commons-licensed images.

  • UMN Stock Content - high quality stock video, audio, and graphics free to use with a UMN login
  • Pixabay - high quality images released to the public domain
  • freeimages - almost 500,000 images, most available to use without attribution
  • Wikimedia Commons - a variety of images, some in the public domain, many available to use with attribution
  • Flickr - search “No Known Copyright Restrictions” for a compilation of images with no known restrictions on their use. Contains many historical and government archive photos.


For more information about providing attribution to images that you gather online and insert in your presentation, see these resources: