Quotations are often used to bring out or reinforce a point that you want to get across to your audience. They also add more weight and impact to the point that you want to convey. Quotes can be of different types. You can consider using ancient sayings from different cultures and thoughts, quotes from famous personalities or even quotes from people in your everyday life like your colleagues, students, teachers or even family! It’s important to remember that the quote needs to add credibility to what you are saying. Garr Reynolds on his blog Presentation Zen has explained in detail here about why and how you should use quotes in your slides.
Where can you find quotes? The internet has thousands of resources to find a quote or a saying that’s suitable for your presentation. The following are some resources we have used very often. Apart from them, if you are looking for some specific quotes, by topic or by source, try a Google search with quotes + [topic]
Our tips on using quotations with your slides:
- Only use a quote if it relates to the topic on hand and helps you to support your story. Don’t use a quote unnecessarily.
- Make sure you verify the quote. Since the internet is vast, some quotes can be misquoted or attributed incorrectly.
- Don’t pick very length quotes. They’ll only end up filling your slide with too much text. No one wants to read long drawn out text slides. Ever.
- Make your quote stand out. Use a large font so the font is easily readable. Use a light coloured text for a dark background or a dark coloured text for a lighter background. For example, see the following screen shot of a presentation on Slideshare by Garr Reynolds:
Have you ever used quotes in a presentation? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!