6 Basic structures to successfully develop a powerpoint


This is not the first article I publish in Justify your answer on PowerPoint presentations. At the time I wrote the articles entitled Why do not I use powerpoint in class? and 10 great design tricks to create a perfect powerpoint. Both articles have had a fantastic reception to date. That is why I was encouraged to write another entry this time to refer to the basic structures or templates that you must take into account when carrying out your presentations. I hope these templates are useful for you and allow you to improve in the preparation of presentations. We begin

6 Basic structures to develop a powerpoint successfully.

Gonzalo Álvarez Marañón makes reference to 6 structures or structural patterns with which you may be able to face the content of any PowerPoint presentation. These are:

  1. Sequential or chronological.

It is the one that follows a linear order in the sequence of time. It is also called the arrow of time.

When to use this pattern?

  • Description of the phases of a project
  • The steps of a process
  • Manufacture of a product
  • Literary movements
  • Lifecycles

Recommendation: Use a narrative style when carrying out the presentation, that is, when you decide to make a slide with this structure, do not think about explaining it; tell it, give it to your audience as if it were a story.

  1. Space.

This structure follows the logic of the space that occupies the entire slide. It serves to place the information based on a spatial criterion.

When to use this pattern?

  • Organizational chart of an organization
  • Composition of a government
  • A pyramid of value

Recommendation: It is very important to follow a criterion when exposing the slide with this type of structure so as not to cause confusion among the public. For this you can play with the colors and size of the figures and typographies.

  1. Problem / solution.

Its purpose is to respond to a problem or conflict. To do this, we begin by explaining the problem and then propose the possible solution or solutions.

When to use this pattern?

Problem solving (mathematicians, scientists …)

  1. Hierarchical.

The hierarchical structure is considered the simplest structure and is used to create groupings of ideas or topics logically.

When to use this pattern?

Informative or expository presentations with an objective character.

  1. Comparison / contrast.

Its main objective is to examine the relations of similarity and / or difference between two or more concepts.

When is this pattern used?

It works really well when it comes to making a decision (candidate, headquarters, instrumental …)

  1. Enumerative.

It is characterized by structuring the content in the form of a list of facts or characteristics.

When to use this pattern?

It is recommended in presentations in which several topics of equal importance are discussed without these having a causal relationship between them.

The SUCCES pattern when making a PowerPoint presentation.

I want to finish this article with a variant to this list of patterns to make a PowerPoint presentation. A variant of these six types of patterns is the so-called SUCCES pattern, a pattern that plays with the acronym of the following terms:

  • S of Simple (simple)
  • Unexpected U (unexpected)
  • Concrete C (concrete)
  • C of Credible (credible)
  • E of Emotional (emotional)
  • S de Stories (stories)

I hope that this post has helped you to visualize in a clear and simple way how to arrange slides for a PowerPoint presentation. If so, this entry has fulfilled its purpose. Thanks again for your reading.