What you'll learn
- In this course we take a systematic approach. We start with fundamentals of speechwriting and argumentation and only then goes the second module that is about designing effective slides.
- No specific requirements.
“Powerpoint slides are like children: no matter how ugly they are, you’ll think they’re beautiful if they’re yours” — Scott Adams, author of the comic strip “Dilbert”. Due to this cause or another, it’s a huge stress to look at most Powerpoint slides. Depending on the “design” skills of the speaker and audience’s taste slides create different emotions from a slight annoyance to physical sickness.
But that is not the worst thing. The worst thing is that instead of improving the presentation such slides confuse the audience, distract it and finally oblige the speaker to explain them rather than being quite self-explanatory.
The goal of this course is to change that by equipping learners with a set of tools to create simple, clear and aesthetic slides which improve the presentation of the speaker. The course covers universal design principles, templates, colors, typefaces, slides’ typography, use of photos and pictograms, composition rules and ways to create clear and meaningful charts and diagrams.
Who this course is for:
- This course will be helpful for almost anyone who delivers slide-based presentations in a professional or academic context.
My name is Alexei Kapterev. I assist my clients with solving difficult communication challenges. I provideservices, presentation skills and at conferences.
I was a financial controller at Citibank, an associate at the UK's Risk Advisory Group and a policy advisor at a boutique Russian firm working for the Ministry of Economics. It was the Ministry where I have encountered Death by PowerPoint. It was vile, unchecked and rampant. The only way to fight it was self-education, so I taught myself some presenation skills. But what about the rest of the folks?
And so the presentation was made and the name was Death by PowerPoint. People seemed to have enjoyed it, in fact, it has over 11 million views to date. This is how I started teaching presentation skills: structure, slides and delivery.
Among my clients are KMPG, Coca-Cola, Abbott, Bosch, banks of the Societe Generale Group, World Heath Organization and others.
I also work closely with a couple of business schools: Higher School of Business at the Moscow State University where I teach a course on visual communication, SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management and Stockholm School of Economics, where I teach on various leadership development programs.