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How to Create a Fantastic PowerPoint Agenda Slide Template in 5 Steps [Presentation Hackathon 4]

How to Create a Fantastic PowerPoint Agenda Slide Template in 5 Steps [Presentation Hackathon 4]

Anuj Malhotra

Anuj Malhotra

November 18 2015

Have you heard of the word Priming? More popularly used in psychology, it “refers to an increased sensitivity to certain stimuli due to prior experience.” After watching a scary movie alone at night, you become more sensitive and thus primed to slightest noises around you like creak of the bed and rustling of leaves outside the window!


Why are we talking about priming here? Your agenda slide serves the same purpose in your presentation. It positively primes your audience as to what they would be getting out of your talk- the key takeaways. So when you advance to further segments in your talk, the audience recall that it was second, third or fourth on your agenda list.


But first ask yourself- Do I really need an agenda slide in my presentation? Well yes, if you are presenting at a conference with many topics to cover, it’s advisable as well as expected that the audience have a little idea beforehand of what key areas you are going to throw light on. It’s like a little warm-up exercise for the audience. It also gives a structure to your talk, which otherwise can become a rambling affair.


If this part, however, is botched up with a chaotic slide that has way too many sections and subsections, you have lost your audience even before you could introduce yourself. You might have had great insights to share with your listeners but you scared them with “information overload”. So, ALWAYS include only the most important sections of the presentation in your agenda slide.


Say you have 6 main areas that you’ll be covering. Most presenters, for lack of ideas or other reasons, will tend to leave their agenda slide completely naked, except listing out the 6 items as bullet points! It’s bad priming: audience are only being predisposed to expect boring, ugly slides from there onwards.


Ugly slide full of bullet points



Conversely, if you create an eye-catchy agenda slide, you’ll succeed in wetting their mental appetite. Here’s a re-designed agenda slide that you can create in a few minutes for your upcoming presentation:


Design Impressive Agenda Slide for PowerPoint Presentation


Interested in knowing how we transformed the above slide in a matter of just 5 minutes? Let us show you step by step how to go about designing that slide:


Also Read: 7 Best Marketing PowerPoint Templates Suggested By Top Marketers


Step 1: Cover the slide with striking visual

For an agenda slide, choose a visual that means serious business. If you are presenting in a boardroom, the meeting table can be a good idea. If you are presenting in a conference hall to hundreds or thousands in audience, the stage or the audience can be a good background image. Or you can simply go in for any business image showing professionals engaged in a brainstorming session, a wall clock showing time is of essence, a busy business desk etc.


You need not stress yourself out over the right visual since the image will be masked out and only used to set the tone for the presentation agenda. We chose a roundtable for our agenda slide. if you want to use the same, you can download it for free from Pixabay: an awesome free resource for professional images.


Conference Table



Step 2: Give Your Image a Wireframe Effect

One of the latest design trends on social media is using a faded image in the background. There is a reason why designers do this. They need to highlight the content- perhaps a quote, announcement, etc.- and not the visual. The visual is inserted to add value to the message, reinforce the words, and not draw complete attention to itself.


This visual effect- to be there and yet not be there- can also be achieved by the wireframe effect. This term is used in architecture and website development. Put simply, it’s a blueprint and this awesome effect can be applied on any image using the “Glow Edges” Artistic Effect in PowerPoint!


Here’s how to do this:


  • Select the image
  • Under the Format tab, click the Artistic Effects dropdown
  • Select the last option Glow Edges (see the screenshot below)


Giving Glow Edges Artisitic Effect in PowerPoint


Step 3: Add a Transparent Shape over the Visual

The effect looks cool but is still too attention grabbing. Any text placed over it will have a heavy contrast but look jarring. To mask it out further, follow these steps:


  • Choose a rectangular box from the Shapes menu (under the Insert tab)
  • Right click on the shape, click the Format Shape option
  • Give it a solid fill (your brand color or a professional blue will look good)
  • Set the transparency (between 10-20%) so that the image beneath the shape can be seen


Format Shape and giving transparency in PowerPoint


Step 4: Place Text Tags over the Slide

Now comes the time for spelling out your business agenda, the most important thing in the slide. Rather than simply pasting the agenda as bullet points, we will place each agenda as tags on the slide. Have a look at the slide below to know what we mean:


Text Tags to Highlight Content in Slide


It’s pretty simple to create these shapes on your own. All you have to do is:


  • Click the Insert tab
  • From the Shapes dropdown menu, under Rectangles, select the Round Same Side Corner Rectangle
  • Drag to draw the rectangle on the slide
  • Under the Format tab, click the Rotate dropdown menu
  • Click Rotate Right 90 degree
  • Select the rounded rectangle shape and drag the yellow dot on the rounded side (see screenshot below) to the center of that side


Step by Step Process to create tags in PowerPoint


Duplicate the shape till you have six such tags. Lastly, rotate three to the left so that you have all tags facing each other. That leaves us with the last step.


Step 5: Insert Circle in each Tag and Add Icon for Each

It’s difficult to have an awesome slide without having small visual representations called icons. But first, insert a circle from the Shapes menu and place it on the rounded side of each rectangular tag. Give it a dark blue solid fill to create rich contrast.


Now, choose an icon for each of your agenda and place them inside the circles. We recommend you choose fully editable, vector icons so that you can change their color, size, etc. without having any effect on the quality of the icon. If you want the icons used above, you can simply download them from our website.


And that’s it, you have created one awesome agenda slide that will be hard to forget for your audience. Have a look at the final slide:


Agenda Slide with Icons for Corporate Business Presentation


Need more design ideas for Agenda Slide?


The above layout was just one of the ways to list out your presentation agenda attractively. There are thousands of other ways you can re-design it. Check out these awesome agenda slide templates created by our PowerPoint Presentation Design Services team:


Agenda Template 1: Half Page Image Layout

Use the power of a visual to spell out your agenda. Half page layout dividing visual and textual content into 50:50 ratio lends a sophisticated look to your presentation. Icons further fuel visual interest and lend power to your agenda items. Check out this design below:


Impressive Professional Presentation Agenda Slide


Download this agenda slide template if you would love to use it for your upcoming presentation.


Agenda Template 2: Variation of Half Page Image Layout

To add more color and vibrancy to the half page image template, shift the icons to the left such that they fall halfway on the image. Separate each agenda item with simple line separators for more emphasis.


Using Images and Icons to Create Awesome Agenda Slides


Grab this cool Agenda PPT slide template and add it to your collection.


Agenda Template 3: Parallelogram Layout

We learnt about parallelogram in elementary school- a quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel sides. Turns out it can be an interesting visual element for your presentations. Look how the parallelogram effect below gives a sophisticated look to your agenda slide.



Professional PowerPoint Template for Agenda Slide


This agenda presentation template is just a click away.


Agenda Template 4: Full Page Image Layout with Parallelogram Effect

A slight variation of the above template is to let the image cover the complete slide and place a parallelogram to highlight the agenda list. The agenda items can then be placed on the edges of the shape to create a unique design that looks professional and creative at the same time.


Beautiful Agenda Slide Layout with Image and Icons


You can simply replace the content in the slide above by downloading our PowerPoint agenda slide template.


Alternatively, you can use steps of parallelograms to create a neat list of agenda points that oozes professionalism thoroughly. Here’s the template:


Business Agenda PowerPoint Template


...and here’s the link to download the PowerPoint agenda slide design.


Agenda Template 5: Split Image Layout

Splitting image into multiple parts captures attention like none other. Here’s why: it forces the audience to fill the gaps and visualize the complete picture in their mind. It piques their curiosity and forces them to actively engage in understanding the slide rather than passively view it. You can then place each agenda on the split image to create a knockout agenda slide.


Business Diagram PowerPoint Template for Agenda Slide


Download this PowerPoint agenda slide template to use this design for your next presentation.


Agenda Template 6: Circular Diagram Layout with Icons

Simple shapes like arcs and arrows can create a beautiful effect that’s hard to ignore. Plot the agenda items along the arcs through their corresponding icons to showcase the progression of your presentation from start to finish.


Professional Agenda Slide PowerPoint Template


Access this agenda slide template from our website by clicking here.


That’s it, folks! Hope you benefit from this hackathon and get inspiration to make your PowerPoint agenda slide look as impactful as any other slide. Consider this exercise as creating a mouth-watering menu that tempts viewers to order the items (listen to your ideas, we mean).


Did you miss our last three hackathons? Catch up now and brush up your PowerPoint skills:

Presentation Hackathon 1: 5 Incredibly Simple Hacks to Create Stunning Slides

Presentation Hackathon 2: Turn Boring PowerPoint Slides into Visual Masterpieces using these 11 Image Hacks

Presentation Hackathon 3: 15 Ways to Turn a Very Text-Heavy, Bullet-Ridden Slide into Amazing! 


Stay tuned for the next Hackathon. We are determined to make a rockstar presenter out of you!

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77 thoughts on “How to Create a Fantastic PowerPoint Agenda Slide Template in 5 Steps [Presentation Hackathon 4]”
  1. Hendra
    Love your powerpoint hackathons.
    1. slideteam
      That's great to hear Hendra, thank you so much! :)
    2. andrew
      I dont seem to have a wireframe option on my powerpoint - any ideas?!
      1. slideteam
        Hi Andrew. Which version of PowerPoint are you using? The "Glow Edges" artistic effect is available in both PowerPoint 2010 and 2013. Select the picture, go to the Format tab, under Artistic Effects, the last option "Glow Edges" will give the image a wireframe effect. See the screenshot again in the article for clarity. Hope this helps. :)
  2. Ekerim
    A powerful presentation
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Ekerim!
    2. Essence
      I'm shocked that I found this info so easily.
      1. slideteam
        Lucky for us you found it! :)
  3. Pamela De Beer
    Thank you very much. Great ideas!
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure Pamela! :)
  4. Dr. Reich
    Great suggestions. I usually do not like to see agenda slides because they cause people to brace for a long haul. These designs help with that problem. Thank you.
    1. slideteam
      Well said Dr. Reich. Most agenda slides evoke "Oh no, not so much" in the audience. Thanks for liking our designs. :)
  5. Tim Price
    Really useful ideas, especially the lesson on how to construct.
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Tim, glad you found them useful.
  6. Katie
    Some great ideas, thank you!
    1. slideteam
      Thanks Katie!
    2. Kyanna
      You really saved my skin with this information. Thanks!
      1. slideteam
        Super glad that you found us then!
    Like your presentation idea, more attractive audience.
    1. slideteam
      Thanks Herna. Glad you liked our ideas. :)
  8. Sweta
    Great hack !! Loved the designs !
    1. slideteam
      Thanks a lot Sweta! :)
  9. Suzan
    You make me look good! Love these reminders about how useful your membership is...
    1. slideteam
      You made our day Suzan! It's the love and support of members like you that motivates us to work harder. Thanks a lot. :)
  10. Tran Thanh Ngoc Chau
    Tran Thanh Ngoc Chau
    Your tips are very useful. Thanks so much! And hope there are more interesting tactics will be sent to the users.
    1. slideteam
      Thanks for the lovely comment Tran. Definitely, we'll share more interesting hacks with our users, keep checking your inbox. :)
  11. Sacchari
    Amazing! Thank you so much! :D
    1. slideteam
      Glad you liked it Sacchari! :)
  12. Mina
    These are great ideas. thanks for listing it down in easy steps!
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Mina, glad you liked it. :)
  13. Amanda R
    I love these ideas, and thank you for the detailed instruction. I can never come up with ideas for a creative agenda. Usually, the agenda slide sets the stage for the rest of the presentation.
    1. slideteam
      Absolutely Amanda, agenda slide sets the mood and flow (good or bad depending on the design) for the rest of your presentation. We are glad you liked our layouts, thank you. :)
  14. Elnana
    Thank you so much!!! Love it
    1. slideteam
      We are glad to hear that Elnana! Thank you!! :)
  15. Harry
    This is really awesome!!
    1. slideteam
      Thank you so much Harry!! :)
  16. Samantha
    Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!|
    1. slideteam
      Thanks a ton Samantha! :)
  17. MRGllc
    Great tip. I tried it and it looks great! Looking forward to presenting.
  18. Shannon
    It was truly informative. Thank you for sharing!
    1. slideteam
      Most welcome, Shannon. Glad you found it helpful. :)
  19. Matthew
    Thank you for the excellent tips!
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure, Matthew! Happy you liked the tips.
  20. Rupert
    Terrific article!
    1. slideteam
      Thank you so much Rupert!
  21. Max
    Excellent blog you have here..
    1. slideteam
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  22. Winston
    Great work!
    1. slideteam
      Thank you so much Winston!
  23. Valerie
    Loved this post!
    1. slideteam
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  24. Sapna
    Keep up the amazing works guys
    1. slideteam
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    1. slideteam
      Thank you Rachel!
  25. Ankita Anand
    1. slideteam
      Thanks a lot Ankita!
  26. Audrey
    Great ! Thanks.
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure, Audrey! :)
  27. Hein Kruger
    Thanks for the tips. Fabulous!

    1. slideteam
      Thank you so much Hein! :)
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Jula! :)
  28. Lynette
    Anuj and the Slide Team:
    What a fantastic job. Your PP designs are fantastic and easy to follow. I am looking forward to doing my presentation. My gratitude to everyone. :)
    Lynette J.
    1. slideteam
      Thank you for such kind words, Lynette! :)
  29. Musfira Imthiaz
    Musfira Imthiaz
    Great ideas
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Musfira! Glad you liked them. :)
  30. Eyda
    Thank you so much for the great ideas.
    Hopefully, it will be more and more ideas to come.
    1. slideteam
      Most welcome, Eyda! And definitely we will be sharing more such ideas with you. :)
  31. sang
    Professional,Sleek, Impressive .. I am sure gonna try this out for a striking opening slide.Thanks
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Sang! Do try it out :)
  32. Ahmad EL Kaffas
    Ahmad EL Kaffas
    Thanks for sharing such valuable information :)
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure Ahmad. :)
  33. joselito salmo
    joselito salmo
    Amazing and Powerful.
    1. slideteam
      Thank you, Joselito!
  34. Lilah Chaney
    Thank you for the great article. I will follow the same as you have told in this post.
    1. slideteam
      Happy to hear that :)
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