Learn the Tips & Tricks of the Pros for PowerPoint (10/13)

Learn Tips & Tricks the Pros use to make the most engaging PowerPoint Presentations. Tips are carefully demonstrated.
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

The contents of this course were gleaned from top professionals that construct and teach PowerPoint for a living, as do I. Their vast knowledge of what KEEPS THE VIEWER ENGAGED and their tips and tricks are shared here. Though content will always be King, the visuals that go with that content should strive to not be boring and attempt to show the viewer something they may not have seen before. Though PowerPoint has nearly 2000 features, most professionals swear by the axiom to KEEP IT SIMPLE and use only about 20 or so.

By utilizing screen-shots and click-able templates, in less than an hour and fifty minutes, the student should have many more tools to use daily with PowerPoint.

The course starts with subtle techniques towards the art of an effective presentation. It then moves to sound effects and narration necessary for a great video and ends to more elaborate animations and then resources.

The student should take his or her PowerPoint skills to the next level and to not be condemned to being the presenter that everyone wishes they were somewhere else.

The audiences of the students that take this course should leave their presentations thinking, "That was great!" They don't need to know why....just that it was great!

What are the requirements?

  • A very basic knowledge of PowerPoint and the ability to create the most rudimentary presentation (we'll change that).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, the student will be able to include nuances to their presentations to keep the view engaged throughout with animations and art effects the viewer has not likely seen before.

Who is the target audience?

  • It will be helpful if the student has some prior use of PowerPoint. A pure beginner may struggle a little at first but as their familiarity with the program improves, this course will rocket them ahead of anyone who has not viewed it. The student somewhere in between beginner and intermediate will probably benefit the most. However, any professional will surely pick up tips they have not seen before, making it a worthwhile effort in time and tuition.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.



This is a fast over-view of what's to come. If you saw the Promo Video, this is a repeat of that but don't miss the downloads here. The first 2 are 200 little characters, 50/50 male and female, like the Super-Hero at the start. Perfect for spicing up a weak slide or making a point.

Also, there are about 116 3D icons that I use for bullet-points and much more. Much classier than standard PPT.

There is also the invaluable AFG FAST TRACK TEMPLATES for Professional Animations so you don't have to mess with settings though we will learn them so you can invent your own. Open it in PowerPoint and save it to you computer and we'll use it in SECTION 4.

Let me add here that all actions can be performed in PPT 2010 or 2013. At the time of production, Office 2013 was having problems that impacted PowerPoint so much of the enclosed is on 2010 but it doesn't really matter.

Thank you for joining us. We'll have fun.

MICHAEL HICKEY and RALPH, the doggy.

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PRESENTATION/SLIDE SET-UP. If you are working in PowerPoint 2013, you can skip this short set-up video. However, if you are working in 2010, it would be wise to put up a Post-It to remind you to set-up wide-screen (unless, of course, you have specific reasons not to work in that mode).

Introduction of Sound for PPT Videos - AUDACITY

This is a terrific effect that is fun and easy to do. I know one PowerPoint practitioner that whenever a presentation calls for an individual, he always figures out a way to make that individual jump off the screen.


A fun effect that is catching on since introduced by world-class presentation house DUARTE. Notice the impact in the commercial skyline example. Very cool.


These are not animations but techniques. Often we forget the simplest techniques become magical because they are not used often and therefore engaging to your audience.


We started to exclude this simple technique because it is so ....well ....simple. But I was encouraged to include it because it can be very effective when a presentation calls for a "rapid-fire" delivery. It's not something to use often but to pull from your bag of tricks as required.


This is just a VERY brief over-view of what we'll be doing in the SOUND DEPARTMENT.


I only use about a half-dozen buttons in AUDACITY so that might explain why this may seem "sketchy." I don't know what to tell you? If I brushed over it, I probably don't use it. Audacity is so immense, I myself am learning more everyday and will be for years to come.

This is just to give you a hint of what's where.

Recording and Editing with Audacity
The Absolute Best Way to Record Narration to Your Slides for a Video

You must be careful when using sound off the Internet. I learned from the "About" box that I should give credit to Jojikiba, the owner of the channel where the gunshot lives. In the future, I think the best protocol would be to simply buy the effect (usually very inexpensive) from one of the many sound effects studios. However, many sound effects are royalty free and don't ask for credit. The gunshot was so vague, I erred on the side of caution.

Templates - Making Life Easier
"Slip N Slide Effect" Template
"Anvil Drop Effect" Template
"Toaster Effect" Template
"At Ya Effect" Template - Watch Your Head

Because the "FLYING QUOTES" is a bit complex to explain, I attached the slide deck in a zip file. Easily, the vast majority of folks (a lot) that use the "FLYING QUOTES" separate out the template, select the text box and replace the existing quote with their own and use the pre-set settings. That is far and away the easiest and fastest way to use this effect.

However, knowing the settings and having access to them can be useful. I recall a time when I needed the text to exit downward. Good Luck.

"Splitsville Effect" - A Door Opener

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Instructor Biography

AFG Academy, Anti-Boring PowerPoint Crusader

afg academy is a spin-off of afg media. afg media is a company that produces videos for businesses utilizing Camtasia, PowerPoint and VideoScribe.

It was founded by Michael Hickey of Fort Worth, Texas, and he now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After an Air Force career, Hickey began his business career as a sales and marketing expert, having been trained by the likes of Zig Ziglar, Bryan Tracy, Tom Hopkins and The Dale Carnegie Institute.

After selling several successful businesses, Hickey became enamored by the video and presentation business and started afg media. Along the way, he became a big fan of Sal Kahn of the Kahn Academy, a world famous teaching platform whose mantra is “A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” It was here he was introduced to Camtasia, the video screen-capture and editing program.

While gaining proficiency in Camtasia and PowerPoint from studying with the best practitioners he could find, he noticed that the 2nd sentence in the Wikipedia entry for PowerPoint starts, “The benefits of PowerPoint are continuously debated. The term “PowerPoint hell’ has been coined for long, tedious PowerPoint presentations that bore the audience.”

Having come from a family of teachers, some of whom are famous, Hickey founded afg academy with one of its missions being to pass along any information and/or knowledge that would help presenters to NOT give boring presentations and the popularity of Udemy made it a likely platform to teach this.

Instructor Biography


Michael Hickey was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After securing a BBA from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas (Business Degree was in Marketing & Advertising), he entered the Air Force. Trained as a pilot, he flew 200+ combat missions and separated from the USAF after 5 years with many medals and awards.

Being a “bus driver in the sky” struck him as boring so he declined the airline recruiters and entered the rough-and-tumble world of a Marketing Entrepreneur.

Having learned the value of training, he sought out the best marketing and sales gurus of the time and attended their schools, classes and seminars. That included Zig Ziglar, Bryan Tracy, Tom Hopkins and The Dale Carnegie Institute.

Over the next 30 years, he has used the skills he learned in marketing to own or work for a wonderful array of companies.

During that time, he became the contract national trainer for a financial services firm and his popular, entertaining “stand-up” marketing presentations have touched the lives of over 8,000 students. Through the years, he became enamored with the whole process of producing and giving presentations, both of “stand-up” and video.

Noting that the 2nd sentence in the Wikipedia entry for PowerPoint reads, “The benefits of PowerPoint are continuously debated. The term “PowerPoint hell’ has been coined for long, tedious PowerPoint presentations that bore the audience”, Hickey founded afg academy with one of its missions being to pass along any information that would help presenters to NOT give boring presentations.

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