PowerPoint Slide Design for Crucial Presentations
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PowerPoint Slide Design for Crucial Presentations

Get slide design advice, tips, hints, tricks, shortcuts and examples on how to better utilize PowerPoint
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  • 5 downloadable resources
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What you'll learn
  • Learn the 9 step process to create a storyboard for your presentation and ensure you have a clear message, clear structure and appropriate balance of facts and emotions
  • Learn the distinction between slides for reading, slides for discussion and slides for presentation
  • Learn how to choose the right backgrounds, colors and text
  • Learn how to use size, color, shape and position of your elements to create contrast and make your point crystal clear
  • Learn how to give "meaning" to your data and be able to "tell a story" with it.
  • Learn how to present data, including pie charts, bar charts, line charts and tables
  • Learn proper use of animations, slide transitions and videos
  • Learn how to reduce "noise" in your slides by dropping unnecessary elements that don't contribute to the main purpose of your slides
  • Learn how to take advantage of the "picture superiority effect" by using photos, illustrations and diagrams instead of boring and childish clip-arts
  • Learn how to transform your presentation from a collection of slides into a cohesive deck by applying the principle of Unity
  • Learn how to keep your audience interested throughout your presentation
  • Learn how to close your presentation and have people recall your message and act on your requests
  • Basic knowledge of PowerPoint

If you have to sell anything as part of your job -- a product, a project, an idea, a service, and we all do in some way-- you know how the right presentation can make a project or an idea go forward and the wrong one can kill it. These are crucial presentations. And despite what's at stake -a promotion, raising money, getting new business, peer recognition- most times we do it incredibly badly by crafting lengthy, boring PowerPoints.

The success of presentations depends on the process you use to develop them, on figuring out how to keep your audience's attention and not on how hard you try. The better you are at engaging your audience the more successful you will be.

If you are an expert in your field but you are not necessarily an expert at PowerPoint and just need a method and tips to put together a compelling presentation that you will feel proud of presenting and your audience will absolutely love then this course is right for you. I can help you get better starting with your very next presentation.

This course is organized in three main sections and you can jump to either of these depending on your needs:

  1. How to create a powerful, compelling story
  2. How to create engaging slides that support the story
  3. How to deliver your presentation with confidence

You also get the following Bonuses:

  1. Video on How To Present to Executives: Covers five common challenges when presenting to executives such as having less time to present, how to deal with executives multi-tasking, what if the decision maker leaves the room, how to bring them back when they are having multiple conversations and how to react when they start solving a different topic.
  2. Tips and tricks of PowerPoint - 34 bonus videos

I know you are probably thinking of this:

1) Isn't this stuff available for free on the internet?

Answer: Actually... no. While there are hundreds, I mean thousands of videos out there of people giving you PowerPoint tips there's no one that packages the information in a structured way that is focused on slide design. So stop wasting time browsing the internet. Here you will find all the insider tips to successful presentations.

2) I already know PowerPoint so I don't need this

Answer: This is not a basic PowerPoint training. In fact, I assume you know your way around it and instead my focus is on taking your skills to the next level by teaching you about design principles and how to apply them to your slides.

3) This is too risky of an investment. Not sure if this is right for me

Answer: Crucial presentations need to be flawless and this course gives you specific tips to do that. I invite you to watch the free videos in this page so you get an idea of my teaching style. Also know that if you are not satisfied with the course you can cancel within 30 days and Udemy will refund your money, no questions asked. In other words, you have nothing to risk here!

All eyes are on you when addressing a group. Presentations are part of your personal brand. What you present and how you present has an influence on how you are perceived by others. Enroll now to get started right away!

Who this course is for:
  • Business Professionals, Managers, Directors, VPs, CEOs
  • Consultants looking to land new clients
  • Entrepreneurs looking for VC funding
  • Anyone who has the desire to stand-out by creating more engaging presentations
Course content
Expand all 74 lectures 10:33:53
+ First Things First
2 lectures 12:45

Welcome to Presentation Blueprint! In this lecture I cover:

  1. Why most presentations are boring
  2. Why it is very important to improve they way you give presentations
  3. General overview of how the course is laid out

Time: 3 min 22 sec

Preview 03:22

Not all presentations are equal. In this lecture I make a distinction between three types of presentations:

  1. Slides for Reading
  2. Slides for Discussion
  3. Slides for Presentation

Your slides need will be different depending on the type of presentation that you are working on.

Enjoy the training!

Time: 9 min 23 sec

Types of Presentations
+ Planning Your Presentation
2 lectures 24:14

In this lecture I cover the first five steps to plan a presentation. Planning is essential for success but many people skip it because they are in a hurry to create slides. However, many of these slides end up being thrown away and all the time and effort put into them is lost.

Lecture 4 will continue with steps 6 to 9.

Time: 12 min 38 sec

Preview 12:38

This lecture is a continuation of Lecture #3 and here I cover steps 6 to 9 to plan a presentation.

In this lecture I mention the presentation that Steve Jobs gave when launching the iPhone in 2007. Below (under "External Resources") is a link to it. Around minute 3:37 Steve talks about the smartphone category which many people said was crowded already and makes a case for the iPhone. Check it out!

Time: 11 min 36 sec.

Planning Your Presentation: Part 2
+ Creating Engaging Slides
23 lectures 03:22:47

This lecture covers your options for choosing a background. Here I discuss whether to use one of the templates that comes with PowerPoint or whether to use a simple white background.

Time 5 min 54 sec

Slide Backgrounds: Dark, White, Use a Template?

There are over 200 font types built-in PowerPoint! How do you choose which one to use? In this lecture I tell you what to focus on when choosing a font so you don't feel overwhelmed by the choices.

Time: 10 min

Choosing Font Type

Font colors are great to achieve contrast. And contrast is key to well-designed slides as it's what you need to guide your audience to what's important. In this lecture I tell you what color combinations work best.

Time 6 min 32 sec

Choosing Font Color

Many presentations nowadays include microscopic fonts that nobody can ready. And presenters excuse themselves by saying "I know you can't read this but...". Totally wrong. In this lecture I give you a few pointers around appropriate font size.

Time: 5 min 28 sec

Choosing Font Size

There are times -like when you have a discussion meeting- when you HAVE to have text in your slides. That's ok. But you need to able to still summarize so you don't end up with a slide completely full of text that nobody can read. In this lecture I walk you through some examples on how to deal with this situation.

Time: 15 min 52 sec

How Much Text to Have in a Slide

Empty space exists in well-designed slides. It's a way to achieve contrast and point your audience to what's important. But many people don't like to have blank space because they consider it "wasted space". Wrong. In this lecture I show you some examples of busy slides vs. slides with empty space so you can see the difference.

Time: 17 min 2 sec

The Beauty of Empty Space

In this lecture I discuss the concept of alignment which is a very quick way to transform ordinary slides into great looking ones. I also cover the use of grids as a way to achieve alignment.

Time: 7 min 20 sec

Aligning Objects in Your Slide

In this lecture I cover four ways to achieve contrast in your slides: Color, Size, Shape and Location of your objects. Contrast is a key design principle that will help you emphasize key points in your presentation.

Time: 5 min 5 sec

Contrast: The Key to Well Designed Slides

In this lecture I begin to discuss how to properly present data. There are times when you are better off not showing a chart or a table!

Time: 9 min 56 sec

Intro to Visualizing Data

In this lecture I show you how to eliminate "noise" or distractions and significantly improve pie charts. I cover everything from colors, positioning of the legend, # of slices, slide title and much more.

Time: 11 min 9 sec

Well Designed Pie Charts

In this lecture I show you how to properly present bar charts. I emphasize the three things that make a better chart: contrast, noise reduction and headline titles.

I have included a link so you can download a template of the "waterfall chart" that I include in this lecture. 

Update: Lecture 71 shows you step-by-step how to build the waterfall chart.

Time: 13 min

Well Designed Bar Charts

In this lecture I discuss line charts and show you a couple examples of how I was able to transform the typical boring chart into one that follows design principles and will be easier for your audience to understand.

Update: I've added lecture 73 and 74 to show step-by-step how to clean-up the Browser Market Share and Turnover Charts.

Time: 8 min 13 sec

Well Designed Line Charts

In this lecture I cover use of tables in a presentation. Tables include lots of information so it's critical that you have a way to guide your audience through what's important. I show you how to do this.

Time: 12 min 16 sec

Well Designed Tables

Many people add clip-arts to their presentations in an attempt to look "cool". As I explain in this lecture, clip-arts look childish. You will look more professional by using high-resolution pictures.

Unfortunately iStock no longer offers free credits but I still like the site. For free images consider pixabay.com, foter,com or freeimages.com

Time 7 min 21 sec

Taking Advantage of the Picture Superiority Effect

Just because you have a nice picture in your presentation doesn't mean that you now have a great slide. You need to learn how to properly position the picture for maximum impact. In this lecture I show you exactly how to do that.

Time 12 min 12 sec

How to Position Pictures In a Slide

In this lecture I show you how to customize pictures so you can tailor the content to your audience. For example how to show your software or application in the screen of the picture of a computer or your ad in a picture of a TV. It looks great!

Time 4 min 34 sec

Customizing Pictures

In this lecture I show you how to crop pictures so you can get rid of portions that you don't want to show. I also talk more about how to properly position text and images to maximize the concept of white space.

Time 5 min 19 sec

Crop and White Space

There are situations like in discussion meetings where you need to have text in your slides. However, an all-text slide is boring. In this lecture I show you how to enhance a discussion slide by combining text with pictures.

Time 4 min 20 sec

Pictures for Discussion Slides

There are times where you are talking about abstract concepts that can't be represented with pictures. In this lecture I show you how to use illustrations and diagrams for those situations.

Update: Lecture 72 shows step-by-step how to build the deployment chart

Time 9 min 23 sec

Illustration and Diagrams

There are many critics that will tell you to get rid of all animations in your presentation. I actually think they are great IF you know how to use them properly. In this lecture I show you how. Also look at Lectures 68, 69, 70 for specific step-by-step videos to accomplish some of the animations I show here.

Time 10 min 17 sec

Proper Use of Animations

In this lecture I show you how to properly use slide transitions. I also talk about the "panorama" effect that you can get by using a specific type of transition.

Time 5 min 36 sec

Proper Use of Slide Transitions

Videos are very powerful and can add variety to your presentation. Nowadays it's very easy to shoot and edit videos, even right on your own phone! This lecture shows you how to incorporate videos into your slides.

I have also included a link to another video that shows the step by step of how to embed YouTube videos into your slides (for PC users)

Time 7 min 33 sec

How To Incorporate Videos Into Your Slides

In this lecture I cover the principle of Unity. When you are putting together an entire slide deck it's important that it looks like a single thing instead of a collection of individual slides. This is very important when you are the one receiving slides from other people and are in charge of putting everything together.

Time 8 min 23 sec

How To Achieve Unity In Your Presentation
+ Delivering the Presentation
3 lectures 35:12

In this lecture I cover what to do before your presentation. How to prepare, what to bring, what to check in the room, how to activate presenter view and much more.

I've also included a checklist that you can download and use for your next presentation.

Time 11 min 38 sec

What To Do Before Your Presentation

In this lecture I give you various pointers on things to do while you are presenting. I cover items like how to open your presentation, how present an agenda, what to do if something goes wrong, how to close and much more.

Time 15 min 24 sec

What To Do During Your Presentation

You may be done presenting but there are still things you need to do. In this lecture I tell you how to assess the effectiveness of your presentation and also discuss why it's important to follow-up on questions from the audience, especially executives.

Time 8 min 10 sec

What To Do After Your Presentation Is Over
+ Course Wrap-Up
1 lecture 01:38

In this last lecture I share some final thoughts around presentations and give you a golden rule. Please note that there are a number of useful tips & tricks in Section 7.

Time 4 min 48 sec

Would You Want To Sit Through Your Own Presentation?
+ Bonus Video: Presenting to Executives
2 lectures 26:17

This bonus video covers the first two challenges when presenting to executives:

1) Having less time to present than originally anticipated

2) Executives multi-tasking

Time 12 min 10 sec

Presenting to Executives - Part 1

This bonus video covers the last three challenges when presenting to executives:

3) Decision maker is not in the room

4) Having multiple conversations

5) Solving a different problem

Time 14 min 7 sec

Presenting to Executives - Part 2
+ Bonus: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks
41 lectures 05:31:00
Trick: Use Animation to Ensure People are Following What You Say
Trick: How to Insert Hyperlinks
Trick: Using Animation in Charts
Trick: Presenting Using a Problem - Insights - Solution Framework
Trick: Improving a Real Slide of a Presidential Candidate
Trick: How to Align Objects
Trick: How to Replicate the Exact Color of an Object
Trick: How to Crop Photos
Trick: How to Use iStockPhoto to Search and Buy Royalty Free Photos
Trick: How to Create Org Charts
Trick: Using 16:9 Slide Format to Present Modern Monitors
Trick: All You Need to Know About Custom Animation
Trick: Use a Grow Animation Without Pixelation
Trick: Useful Tips and Shortcuts
Tip: Book Recommendations
Trick: Custom Textured Backgrounds
Tip: Understanding the Slide Master
Trick: How To Create Tables With Rounded Corners
Trick: How To Create Exciting Title Slides
Tip: How to Present a SWOT Matrix
Trick: How To Add Transparent Background To A Picture
Trick: Presenting a Vision, Mission, Strategies Slide
Tip: How To Use The Notes Space
Trick: How To Use the Presenter View
Trick: How To Keep Fonts Consistent
Tip: How To Present Tables
Trick: How To Fit Text Within a Shape
Trick: How to Compress Pictures to Reduce File Size
Trick: A Closer Look at Cropping Options
Trick: Use Transparent Backgrounds to Achieve Great Effects
Trick: PowerPoint Slide Makeover
Trick: How to Edit Points of a Shape to Fit Exactly What You Want
Trick: How To Edit An Excel Spreadsheet While Presenting

In Lecture 24 I show an example of animation for the "Consolidated Sales Reports" presentation. I got a question to show how to do this step-by-step so here it is. Please note that the actual slide is available for download in the resources section of the same lecture.

Trick: How to do the "Consolidating Reports" Animation shown on Lecture 24

In Lecture 24 I show an example of an animation for "Company Strategies". In this video I show how to accomplish the animation step-by-step.

Trick: Step-by-step Animation Example

In Lecture 24 I show an example of an animation for "Product Portfolio Decisions". In this video I show how to accomplish the animation step-by-step.

Trick: Product Portfolio Matrix Animation Example

In Lecture 15 I talk about a Waterfall chart. In this lecture I show you how to build that step-by-step in both the newer and older versions of PowerPoint.

Trick: Waterfall Chart Step-by-Step

In Lecture 23 I talk about the Deployment Flowchart. In this lecture I show you how to build it step-by-step.

Trick: Deployment Flowchart Step-by-Step

In Lecture 16 I show you a before/after example of a line chart that depicts market share of browsers. In this lecture I take you behind the scenes to show you how to clean it up step-by-step.

Trick: Cleaning up a Market Share Line Chart

In Lecture 16 I show you a before/after example of a line chart that depicts turnover in a Finance department. In this lecture I take you behind the scenes to show you how to clean it up step-by-step.

Trick: Cleaning up a Turnover Line Chart