Beginners Guide To Business Presentations And Powerpoint
What you'll learn
- Principles of slide composition and design using palettes and templates for maximum visual impact
- Why Amazon has banned PowerPoint and the importance of a clear and concise narrative for each slide
- Presenting using virtual meeting platforms like Teams and how you can use collaboration features while presenting
- Why you shouldn't use animations or transitions and how they distract from your content
- How pictures and diagrams can be misinterpreted and how to avoid that in your presentations
- Presenting in a physical setting and how to maximise your impact by understanding the room setting
- The importance of a well prepared executive summary and how it supports your preparation
- Getting started in Powerpoint using key features to build and layout different elements such as shapes, tables, charts
- How to deal with people who are busy on their phones or laptops while you are presenting
- How to avoid cluttering a slide with too much detail and how to keep the number of slides down
- Why Mark Twain was thinking about PowerPoint slides when he said "I was going to write you a short letter but I didn't have time, so I wrote you a long letter"
- Different presentation settings and reasons for presentations and why that matters for your slides
- How to maximise a public presentation by understanding the room and engaging your audience
- No course requirements
"I always thought I understood PowerPoint but this course has given me more light and understanding. I am definitely ready to create my own slides and presents." - Malesela M.
"Peter certainly practises what he preaches! The live examples and practical demonstrations are brilliant and establish Peter's credibility for teaching the course. The material is targeted and relevant for giving an effective presentation, with no unnecessary detail. I love Peter's humour and honest no-nonsense approach to coping with what will go wrong." - Janet A.
"Having to know the different types of presentations, when and how to use them and the purpose of using and knowing these different forms of presentations. How to set up good presentation slides and which content to include on those slides and also how to set up a powerful virtual and physical presentation that will grab your audience attention and also how to use the different editing format that will help you make a killer power point presentation." - Nosipho Khumalo
"This is the best course that shows you how to do quality presentations which is exactly what I needed to know, absolutely valuable and helpful for my personal growth." - Josephine Mahlangu
"Excellent thus far! Thank you Peter, once again your lesson and course have given me so much knowledge and understanding about this topic. Really enjoyed" - Werner van Wyk
In this course I will teach you how to prepare and present powerful business presentations using Powerpoint. The course includes techniques for presenting online so that you still maximise the impact of your presentation if everyone is working from home. I've presented to thousands of people in all kinds of settings during my 20 year career which includes 10 years as a management consultant and 10 years in leadership roles at large financial institutions. Your career success will depend on how well you can communicate and delivering presentations is a crucial method of communication in the workplace. Learn these skills today to make you a more powerful PowerPoint presenter for business.
I will teach you about the following
Different presentation settings; conferences, executive meetings, small team meetings
Reasons for presentations; status updates, executive reviews, approvals, business cases, projects
Understand why Powerpoint is banned at Amazon and how you can avoid abusing Powerpoint
How agendas are set and presentations are compiled and distributed before a meeting
How to combine text, graphics, data, charts and other visual material in aesthetic slides
Using Powerpoint from scratch and the techniques of creating your first basic slide
Why Mark Twain was thinking about Powerpoint when he said "I was going to write you a short letter but I didn't have time, so I wrote you a long letter"
How to avoid cluttering a slide with too much detail and how to keep the number of slides down
The importance of an executive summary and how this helps you deliver a better presentation
How pictures can easily be misinterpreted and why an unambiguous narrative is critical
Why you shouldn't repeat words on a slide and what a title and sub-title should achieve
The "so-what" box and how you must incorporate this element on your most important slides
How virtual meetings allow you to add a bit more detail onto slides
Different views in Powerpoint as well as adding shapes, text, doing alignment and keyboard shortcuts
Drawing tools, tables, charts, smart art, borders, fill, outline, grid and guides
Transitions and animations and why you should avoid using them in business presentations
Why you shouldn't use gradients, mix pictures and text or use curly fonts that are too small
How to use all the collaboration features of online meeting tools while you are presenting
Why you shouldn't ask people if they can see your slides or hear you when you start presenting
Presentations in a physical setting and the importance of understanding the room beforehand
How to deal with people who are busy on their phones or laptops while you are presenting
Why you should tell people what you are going to tell them before you actually tell them
Why it doesn't matter if you don't actually present your slides and why that's sometimes important
You can become a powerful powerpoint presenter by following the lessons in this course, locking in the learnings with the worksheets and applying what you have learnt in your next presentation.
Who this course is for:
- Business people that want to prepare and present powerful presentations using Powerpoint
In my courses you learn practical skills: "I feel like I am in a real classroom." - Kira Minehart
"What an amazing course! After finishing this course, I have confidence. Thank so much Dr Peter Alkema". Or Tulongeni Shilunga: "This is exactly the jump-start I needed. Very clear and concise"
I also help lead digital transformation at FirstRand, the biggest financial services group in Africa. I've been featured on CNBC Africa and won the Gartner CIO Of The Year in 2016. I founded and led the largest banking hackathon in South Africa which was published in 2019 as a case study by Harvard Business School.
I've taught over 17,000 students about business, academics and self-development. In 2020 I completed my PhD at Wits University In Johannesburg. The study introduced a ground-breaking theory of Agile software development teams. My woodworking book was published in 2014 and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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Werner van Wyk: "Thank you Peter, once again your lesson and course have given me so much knowledge and understanding" / Yvonne Rudolph "I really look forward to take everything i learned in action" / Josephine Mahlangu: "exactly what I needed to know, absolutely valuable and helpful for my personal growth"