I see a lot of presentations with quotations on them and they’re almost always boring. Presenters use a blank layout, insert a text box, and type or paste the quote from some document.
Quotes are an interesting feature in a presentation, so make them interesting!
Here’s a slide that a client gave me.
It isn’t terrible, but not very engaging either. I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first but I decided to look up William Harvey. Remember, this is the year 1628!
Add a photo
Go ahead and look him up on Wikipedia. Lo and behold, there’s a portrait of him. Click it and you’ll see that it’s in the public domain. I hit the jackpot!
The ideal way to format a quotation is with an image of the person who said it. If it’s someone at your company, ask if you can take a photo.
PowerPoint has a whole Callouts section in the Shapes gallery and several of them are suitable for quotes. However, the callouts are sometimes frustrating to format. The secret is to:
- Insert the callout.
- Add the text.
- Resize the callout to fit the text.
- Drag the point toward the photo of the person.
Format the quotation marks
A nice touch is to “outdent” the first quotation mark. This makes the actual text of the quote look a little neater. You do this on the ruler. You just drag the lower triangle (not the lower square) slightly to the right. You can see this setting on the right.
Other formatting options
I made the border thicker, by choosing Format tab, Shape Outline, Weight. I also added a shadow to match the shadow on the painting image.
Here’s the final result.
Nicer, right? The photo attracts the attention of your audience and makes the quotation interesting, rather than boring.
How do you like to format quotations? Leave your suggestions or questions in the comments. And share with others using the Share buttons below.