PowerPoint: Tutorials, Articles, and Conversations with Presentation Experts
June 8, 2020
John Rahmlow is an experienced presenter and presentation designer who has decades of experience across a number of industries. He is the Events Director for the Presentation Guild and recently retired from one of the leading financial services companies in the world where he was responsible for delivering hundreds of webinars each year. During his career, he has delivered presentations in many settings, including courtrooms, conference rooms, auditoriums and webinars. John enjoys providing information and strategies to people to help them reach their goals. In this conversation, John talks about his session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 4, 2020
Ken Molay is president and founder of Webinar Success, a consulting firm that assists companies in producing and delivering effective and compelling web seminars. Ken combines a technical background with experience in corporate marketing and public presentations. He is a prolific blogger on the subject of web conferencing and its applications, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and industry publications. He is a frequent public speaker on the topic of more effective webinars. In this conversation, Ken Molay talks about his session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 3, 2020
Mike Parkinson is a geek. He is one of thirty-six Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world, is an internationally recognized communication and presentation expert, best-selling author, and professional trainer. Mike’s keynotes, training, books (Billion Dollar Graphics and A Trainer’s Guide to PowerPoint: Best Practices for Master Presenters), and tools (Build-a-Graphic) help companies succeed while saving money and time. He owns Billion Dollar Graphics and is a partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier creative services firm. In this conversation, Nolan Haims talks about his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 3, 2020
The question most often asked: What will the weather be today? Weather is omnipresent in our society. You see weather information in your newspaper, weather apps on your phone, you can track rain and thunderstorms online and more. No wonder that weather information is a must-have for your digital signage screens. People want to be informed about current weather conditions and forecasts.
June 2, 2020
We begin by exploring the smallest font size you can use within your PowerPoint presentations. We then bring back Cliff Atkinson's feature he authored for Indezine in 2004 about gaining control over our PowerPoint culture. It's amazing how much relevance there still remains in this feature after 16 years. Chuck Henrich looks at essential PowerPoint skills everyone needs, especially those who are working from home.
We feature two interviews of speakers of the Click presentation conference: Mark Heaps and Jole Simmons. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured in the last week.
June 1, 2020
Training provides a two-fold opportunity. First, it teaches the users how to use the new platform—click here, drag and drop there, etc. Second, training provides an opportunity to help your team embrace this new communication strategy called presentation management. Let us explore how proper training can help overcome many challenges.
June 1, 2020
Nolan Haims has over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual communications and presentation, having created every type of presentation from Fortune 500 CEO keynotes, to TED talks to multi-million dollar agency pitches. He trains organizations to think visually, speaks at national conferences, writes on visual storytelling at PresentYourStory, and is a co-host of the long-running Presentation Podcast. And as one of only 34 Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs in the world, he works with and advises the software development team. He runs his own visual communications consultancy in Montclair, NJ. In this conversation, Nolan Haims talks about his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
May 28, 2020
Do you control your PowerPoint culture, or does PowerPoint control you? For many organizations, what appears to be a situation under control is in fact a system that’s out of control. When organizations attempt to control branding by implementing a typical PowerPoint template, they ensure their presenters overwhelm or bore their audiences, which is a loss of control of brand. When organizations seek to control information by encouraging the use of bullet points on PowerPoint slides, they scatter their intellectual assets into unmanageable fragments, which is a loss of control of information.
May 27, 2020
Jole Simmons is a presentation designer living in San Francisco, CA. Since he was a kid, he always had an eye for design and animation, doodling in class and creating stop motion movies. After graduating from college, he started working at advertising agencies, teaching himself programs like Photoshop and Illustrator in his spare time. He found himself doing more and more PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, and in the process, gained the moniker “Presentation Guy” by his colleagues. Jole has worked on presentations for companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Workday and teaches several classes on LinkedIn Learning. In this conversation, Mark talks about Click: The Presentation Design Conference being held virtually this year, as part of CreativePro Week 2020.
May 27, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has taught us that we all need to be more resilient and self-sufficient. Millions of us have found ourselves working from home without our normal in-office comforts. Many professional services firms have furloughed support staff. Even if a firm keeps its support staff on call, they’re not physically in the same place as the professionals they assist—they’re both working from home. Your team’s PowerPoint specialist may have been laid off. Well, here’s some good news: fending for ourselves is pretty easy with the right skills and tools. Essential PowerPoint skills in particular make life easier and result in more persuasive presentations.
May 26, 2020
We begin with one of our very popular pages, updated again--we explore ten easy topics you can use for Pecha Kucha. Although the headline may suggest that these topics work great for Pecha Kucha presentations, there is no reason why you cannot use these topics for any other presentation. Carmine Gallo explains how you can create an amazing presentation, like Steve Jobs. John Korchok shows how you can have fun setting table font sizes in PowerPoint using XML programming. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured in the last week.
May 25, 2020
Slides need to be aesthetic and focused–and adding so much more textual or any other content negates the very idea of well-designed slides. Adding extra content is, therefore, a compromise that you should avoid. In the real world, there will be many reasons to cram this content, and the immediate result is that designers have to use a font size that’s smaller than what they started with. But really speaking, what is the smallest font size that you can use? Have you wondered about the smallest font size you can use on your slides?
May 25, 2020
Mark Heaps is a passionate and enthusiastic design thinker. He has been designing for large and small clients alike for over two decades providing solutions in content strategy, creative direction, and visual execution. He brands himself as a Professional Creative due to the nature of his work, and relationships with clients like Google, LinkedIn, Capital One, Dell, and Adobe. In addition, he’s also an active musician, author, photographer, adventurer, and most importantly father to two great kids in Austin, Texas. He has won the Adobe MAX Masters award multiple times and been a speaker at other events like SXSW and CreativePro Week. In this conversation, Mark talks about Click: The Presentation Design Conference being held virtually this year, as part of CreativePro Week 2020.
May 22, 2020
We have so many interactive and communicative visitors on Indezine.com. One question that has come up often is about topics for Pecha Kucha presentations. Let’s start with wondering about why do readers ask for topic ideas? Why not choose something that’s close to their heart or something that inspires them? That’s because Pecha Kucha presentations are not your typical PowerPoint slide decks. The second reason people ask for topic ideas is that this might be their first Pecha Kucha presentation, and they are not sure what will work, and what won’t.
May 21, 2020
Carmine Gallo is a communications coach for the world’s most admired brands. He is a sought after speaker and author of the new book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. In this Indezine exclusive article, Carmine discusses how you can create better slides, and become a better presenter. All techniques are inspired by Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ presentation skills.
May 20, 2020
When you insert a new table in PowerPoint, the default table text size is 18 points. Using XML hacking, we can set this to whatever point size the designer prefers. You can also set the text to appear in all caps. Following the previous post’s instructions, add .ZIP to the file ending and unzip the file. Look for the ppt folder and open it.