Make a splash. Use different, unusual fonts, colors and graphics. People view thirty million slide presentations worldwide every day (refer to slide #2 ttp://www.slideshare.net/itseugene/7-tips-to-beautiful-powerpoint-by-itseugenec?related=1). Make yours stand out.
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Your job is to make information interesting, so make your first slide awesome. Avoid standard templates because they're boring. Google some great examples of slide shows and emulate them; most make first slide messages super-simple and super-sized.
Get free images from places like cc.search (www.cc.search.com) and stock.xchng (www.stock.xchng.com) to make your introduction simple and direct. Choose colors that stand out and that reflect the tone of your presentation, whether it is persuasive or technical (http://www.slideshare.net/edahn/10-tips-for-making-beautiful-slideshow-presentations-9210564). If your presentation is about men's ties, there's a color to express that (mauve). If it is about automobile transmissions, there are colors for that, too (steel gray). Try Colourlovers (www.colorlovers.com) or Colorhunter (www.colorhunter.com) and find the colors you need. The best slide-show advice (http://www.slideshare.net/edahn/10-tips-for-making-beautiful-slideshow-presentations-9210564) has it that three fonts is the limit. This means throughout your presentation, so start with the introductory slide. Find new fonts at font squirrel (www.fontsquirrel.com) and da font (www.dafont.com) among others.
People really do judge a book by its cover, so you want your cover – your introduction slide -- to wake your viewers up and grab their attention, simply and directly.