Presentation Templates

So… you’ve been confirmed as a presenter at TEDxFultonStreet in 2016-2017? Fantastic! We’ve prepared slide deck templates for you, and we can assist in locating images or creating graphs if you like.

Help us to help you… give the best presentation of your life!

Templates for Apple Keynote and Microsoft Powerpoint – a toolkit for TEDxFultonStreet Presenters Download

In that folder is also a “README” file, which should be your next step. Please take care to review all the guidelines and requirements. It will take a few minutes, but this is important!

Please start to submit drafts as soon as possible! Your presentation needs to pass through several layers of approval before you can appear on-stage, so the sooner this starts the better.


We cannot allow unreviewed content to be presented, so a last-minute submission might result in a canceled talk.

For the September 21 Salon, please submit FINAL decks for review no later than Friday September 2nd, 2016.

TEDxFultonStreet will be running Keynote on a Mac as its presentation machine. You may work in PowerPoint, but we will convert your deck to keynote before the conference.

For Keynote users you’ll find a sample presentation and a ‘theme’ which you can install if you choose. Windows users will find a PowerPoint Presentation which functions in much the same way. You may also download this folder from here.


TEDxFultonStreet takes seriously its responsibility to verify the validity and peer-reviewed status of all numerical or scientific statements, as well as the legality and copyright status of all creative works incorporated – including images.

Remember, your slides will appear in the videos which are produced and released to the TEDxTalks website. They may live on indefinitely, so it’s in your interests as well as ours to ensure the best possible content.

Displaying a corporate logo in a promotional capacity is not allowed at any time. (You may show company logos to illustrate a point, but not to advertise them. For instance, showing logos for facebook and twitter to supplement a discussion about social media is reasonable. However, if you work for facebook, you may not brand all your slides with a facebook logo – that would constitute advertising.)

All slide decks will be considered completely final as of 6:00pm on the Friday before the Conference.

It is vital that a draft is received by our team no later than the Friday two weeks before the Conference, because we’ll be too busy to help fix any problems in the final days.

No “last-minute” changes or additions will be permitted, because our team must have time to comment, provide assistance, perform any technical file conversions, and re-check for facts and for copyright compliance.

You will not be able to use your laptop, USB drive, or other media on the day of the conference. Instead, best for you to spend the final days before the event rehearsing the presentation you’ve already got.

The most compelling TED Talks are typically rehearsed in their entirety around 50-100 times. Yes, literally. Start to finish. The whole thing. You can’t overdo it – even if you’re an experienced public speaker. The more you’ve memorized your presentation, the more you can relax on-stage and let your personality through. When the content is automatic, your passion will make you shine!

Best Practices

  • Keep the quantity of text on each slide to a minimum.
  • Preferably no more than 3 bullet points.
  • Even better is to make just one point at a time.
  • Better still are single images, one at a time – compelling photos or meaningful graphs.
  • Use very large fonts (we suggest 72-128 points, and seriously try hard to avoid less than 60pt).
  • Remember, the presentation is on a WIDE-screen display (16:9 ratio, or 1920×1080, full HD). Powerpoint will often “default” to a 4:3 ratio or 1024×768 pixels, and that’s not the same shape as our display. If you are using elements from a previous presentation of yours, and have difficulty adapting it to our dimensions, ask our team for assistance as soon as possible.
  • Everyone, including the back row, must be able to read every word.
  • Avoid using ‘transitions’ – they are often tiresome and they tend to be represented poorly in video.
  • If you use “builds,” where parts of a slide are revealed gradually, best to make a separate slide for each stage of the build (rather than counting on the presentation software to “behave” properly.)
  • During the conference, you will have at your feet TWO displays. One will show the current slide (being projected behind you), and the other will show the NEXT slide, along with a countdown timer for your presentation.
  • Our two-display setup will allow you to see your NEXT slide before it appears, and it will be at your feet.
  • There will be no podium. You will have a remote control for your presentation and there will be no objects between you and the audience (apart from the two displays at your feet.)
  • We strongly recommend that you only display text slides after speaking their contents. If you show text and then read it, the audience has gotten through it faster than you, and you’ll start boring them. This is a mistake we have seen in countless corporate presentations, and even top-tier training programs. Trust us, don’t read your own slides; it’s terrible.
  • The best use of slides will REMIND the audience of the point you just made, or to ILLUSTRATE an idea in a way that can’t be spoken. (A portrait might show the intensity of an emotional drama, or a graph could convey the significance of numerical data).
  • Slides can also be used as PLACEHOLDERS describing the arc of your presentation’s content. (For instance, the first slide might say: “A journey of three cities”, then the second could be “1. London”, followed by “2. Paris” and “3. Rome”, over the course of your talk. In this way the text helps to frame your subject matter and to focus any wandering minds.)
  • All images must be either your own, or Creative Commons with Non-Commercial Derivative Attribution rights, or else licensed and credited to the source.
  • Video, or anything which plays audio, MUST be submitted far in advance. (Our theatre crew must run sound checks, etc.)
  • Remember, the display will be quite large and full HD (1920×1080 pixels). Do not scale up small images for your slides, because they will look bad! Make sure you use high resolution images.
  • If you would like assistance in locating images suitable to supplement your presentation, please notify our art volunteers as soon as possible.
  • We can also help to create graphs for your data, including line graphs, pie charts, and the standard visual idioms. If you would like assistance, please let us know right away so we can match your needs with one of our team members.

Please bear in mind:

  • You will not be able to attach your laptop to our A/V system
  • You will not be able to bring a flash drive or other media for your talk
  • Absolutely no changes will be accepted after the Friday before the conference.
  • It is seriously important to submit your presentations 1-2 weeks in advance, so that we can still have the final week to make any necessary changes!

Please don’t take offense at the strictness of the deadlines – it’s a matter of protection for us all. Even if you’re certain your presentation is perfect, don’t you want us to check that your fellow presenters are as good as you are? So we need to review everything carefully. It’s not a slight against you, it’s just part of what it means to be involved with a very carefully curated event.

We’re proud to have you as a participant, and we know that with all our hard work, it will be a spectacular conference!

-Aaron Sylvan
Organizer and Founder
TEDxFultonStreet