Five Essential PowerPoint Skills For Business | PPT Hackers

High impact tactics that are absolutely critical for anybody who uses PowerPoint for business
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  • Lectures 12
  • Contents Video: 31 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

Powerpoint is the gold standard for presenting and communicating in business today. For the most part these presentations are a pain to put together, never look as beautiful as you'd like, and take up way more time than you'd like to spend.

  • If you're a manager, it's stressful to train your team to produce presentations up to your standards and you probably don't have time to coach them all the way through.
  • For presentation makers, it's a pain in the ass to keep iterating on the same deck over and over reacting to the whims of your superiors. It can feel like you're just spinning your wheels, spending tons of time making stupid adjustments to your deck.
  • Or maybe you're a storyteller, an entrepreneur or someone who just wants more tools to communicate better visually.

Whoever you are, these are the five essential tips that I've picked up in my career preparing and presenting power points to my teams, my bosses, executive clients, etc. And tips I've passed on to my teams and colleagues who've wanted to step up their presentation skills. No better way to learn than to do, so we're going to learn all five skills by making two killer pages:

  1. A beautiful table of contents page
  2. A stunning quotes page

By making these pages, we'll learn the following skills:

  1. Alignment and Distribution. How do we use powerpoint to quickly organize all our objects so they're all lined up and perfectly pleasing to the eye.
  2. Using Shapes with Text. How can we easily add color and structure to our text and pictures by placing shapes behind it.
  3. Managing your Colors. What's our strategy to get all of our perfectly aligned objects looking their best.
  4. Working With Pictures. Learning the many ways to get pictures into your presentations and how we can manipulate them once they're in there.
  5. Using Text with Images. How can use text over and around images to bring them to life.
  6. Bonus! A very very cool trick I've learned just recently to make quotes come to life and look super well designed. You'll have to take the course to see the result.

I guarantee you'll learn something or your money back. I mean, you have that lifetime money back guarantee anyways so what are you waiting for?

The course should take you about an hour and is chock full of goodness.

PS: this course is not meant to be comprehensive. The five skills are the first of many that I teach my students. For instance, making tables and charts are often "essential" for business, as well, but those topics are too large to cover in this snackable course. But if there's enough demand, we may cover it in its own course.

What are the requirements?

  • Rudimentary knowledge of PowerPoint

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn five essential skills guaranteed to transform your presentations, save you time, and make you look good at work
  • "You've really nailed a desirable topic and the content is great. I like your relaxed, casual style that's paced well so I can follow along."
  • "I've been using PowerPoint for a decade and your courses have improved my presentations in a couple hours more than they have in years."

What is the target audience?

  • Anybody who uses PowerPoint for work

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:36

Welcome to the course, current and future PowerPoint Hackers! In this video, we'll walk through the two projects we'll tackle and run through the skills you'll learn in the course. Very excited.

While learning to build these two specific pages should be helpful (I hope), it's the skills you'll learn along the way that will help you when you're making PowerPoints for business.

And a friendly reminder: you'll have a leg up if you've already learned how to create custom templates. So if you need to learn or just need a refresher, you can use the code PPTHACKERS to get 50% off on my first course ever How To Create Gorgeous PowerPoint Templates

Section 2: Building the Table of Contents
04:12

Let's get started with our first project - creating a table of contents page from a jumbled collection of notes.

First, we'll take all the icons and text and organize them so they're aligned and distributed evenly, and centered on the page. PowerPoint users beginner and advanced hate moving shapes around the page just to line them up, but using simple align, distribute, and group functions, we can take these twelve objects and arrange them perfectly in a snap.

Make this a habit for every page you put together and you'll see a drastic immediate improvement in the presentation of your pages.

02:38

Now that all of our text and icons are aligned, let's experiment with making the table of contents look more modular by placing shapes behind everything. The rectangles will add weight to each of the sections and more clearly separate the modules.

02:22

We're nearly done with our table of contents page. We've taken it from a scrambled mess, to a more structured but kind of wacky looking table of contents. Now we're going to put some make-up on it and nail the colors.

In this lesson, we'll play around with color schemes and start to understand why certain combos look good and others don't. I'll share my golden rule that keeps your color schemes looking great 99% of the time.

And if you want to learn more about setting up great color schemes in your templates, I'd recommend taking my intro course titled How To Create Gorgeous PowerPoint Templates (students of the course can use PPTHACKERS to get 50% off)

Section 3: Creating a Testimonial Page
03:52

Congratulations on building a fantastic table of contents page.

Now it's time to put together a sleek testimonial page. We're going to start with a big block of text. The first thing we'll do is insert an image to spice up the page.

There are a few ways to get an image onto your page, and we'll walk through three of them. Once we have our image on the page, we'll walk through some formatting options and eventually turn that rectangular image into a perfect circle.

03:03

Our beautiful picture has found a home on our page, but we want to add a label. There are a lot of ways to add text to an image, but some are better than others. In this lesson, we'll go over three ways to do it, figure out a strategy that will produce legible text over literally any image, and find a design-friendly way to annotate your picture.

Section 4: Bonus Skills
02:25

If you ever use quotes in your presentations, you know it's a pain. Speech bubbles never look right and putting quotation icons or pictures doesn't look that good. Blogs today use a vertical bar, but putting a vertical line down is a pain because you have to adjust it's height every time your text box changes.

But I found a trick that will give you that vertical bar effect without all the added hassle of constantly readjusting the line.

01:32

Sometimes you want to share the masterpiece you've assembled on your page but don't want to send the whole powerpoint presentation. We'll quickly walk through how you can save multiple objects as one image, in the final bonus lesson.

Section 5: Freebie: Build Gorgeous Templates
01:37

A stunning powerpoint template is the single most effective thing you can do to improve the quality of your presentation.

This course was the first I've ever created, so excuse the lower audio quality and amateur editing. The content, however, has helped nearly 100 students improve their presentations.

As a member of the PPT Hackers family, I'm including the first four lectures from this course here for free. Enough to get you started. If you decide to take the rest of the course, use PPTHACKERS for 50% off!

Get started here: www.udemy.com/powerpoint-templates/

01:17

A stunning powerpoint template is the single most effective thing you can do to improve the quality of your presentation.

This course was the first I've ever created, so excuse the lower audio quality and amateur editing. The content, however, has helped nearly 100 students improve their presentations.

As a member of the PPT Hackers family, I'm including the first four lectures from this course here for free. Enough to get you started. If you decide to take the rest of the course, use PPTHACKERS for 50% off!

Get started here: www.udemy.com/powerpoint-templates/

03:05

A stunning powerpoint template is the single most effective thing you can do to improve the quality of your presentation.

This course was the first I've ever created, so excuse the lower audio quality and amateur editing. The content, however, has helped nearly 100 students improve their presentations.

As a member of the PPT Hackers family, I'm including the first four lectures from this course here for free. Enough to get you started. If you decide to take the rest of the course, use PPTHACKERS for 50% off!

Get started here: www.udemy.com/powerpoint-templates/

02:30

A stunning powerpoint template is the single most effective thing you can do to improve the quality of your presentation.

This course was the first I've ever created, so excuse the lower audio quality and amateur editing. The content, however, has helped nearly 100 students improve their presentations.

As a member of the PPT Hackers family, I'm including the first four lectures from this course here for free. Enough to get you started. If you decide to take the rest of the course, use PPTHACKERS for 50% off!

Get started here: www.udemy.com/powerpoint-templates/

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Instructor Biography

Tony Sheng, I help people do more of what they love // author + startups

Last year, I quit my job as a marketing executive at a rapidly growing startup. I quit my job as a management consultant to join that startup. I quit my premedical studies in college to become a management consultant. I'm a big quitter.

Nothing I did felt right, so I kept quitting. I didn't know it then, but it was because I'm not happy unless I'm building things that help people. That's my passion and it took me over twenty five years to figure it out.

Today I write books, host a podcast, start businesses, and occasionally teach what I learn here on Udemy. If you're interested in my projects you can find me with a quick google search.

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