Advanced PowerPoint

Learn 10+ years of PowerPoint in less than a day - 3X your results, build better slides, and impress your clients
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  • Lectures 61
  • Length 7 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

Do you use PowerPoint on a daily basis for your job?

Do you find that the slides you build (and those of your colleagues) require an ENORMOUS amount of time, energy and frustration to build, update and edit?

Well, the reason that many people struggle in PowerPoint and waste away the office past their bedtimes, is that they go about building and editing their slides in the wrong way!

Yes, they more-or-less know where all the PowerPoint commands are, but they lack techniques and strategies for QUICKLY building (and untangling) high quality, scalable slides that are easy to update and manage in the future.

As the saying goes, "just because you can pick up a chisel and hammer doesn't make you a Michelangelo"…

Well, just because you can drop a few shapes on your slide and type some text, doesn't make you a high flying consultant or the go-to PPT guru (regardless of what your boss thinks).

Introducing Advanced PowerPoint

Advanced PowerPoint includes 7 hours of sequenced videos teaching you step-by-step how to quickly build robust, scalable slides for the corporate environment.

I assume you are already semi-PPT savvy: you've read books, taken courses, maybe even attended live trainings and are now ready to learn how to blast through your slides and graphics in half the time.

This is where the rubber meets the road...

And just imagine how excited you'll be the next time you sit down at your desk with your trusty side-kick cup of Joe, fire up PowerPoint and KNOW that you'll finish your deck in half the time it would have previously taken you...and be significantly better (technically sound) too.

Yup, it may sound like hype...

But I'll help you build the skills and habits to do exactly that without using any whizbang templates or overhyped add-ins (you don't need them).

Here is how I will get you there...guaranteed:

  • 3 core frameworks for revolutionizing how you tackle your slides by simplifying the number of decisions you need to make. These frameworks work regardless of which version of PowerPoint you are using and will never be outdated with the next version of Office.
  • Drills to Master 60+ PowerPoint shortcuts that will double your output and increase the quality of your slides (including a shortcut cheat sheet to keep at your desk)
  • Download my exact PowerPoint customizations. It took me over 5 years to figure out this EXACT setup (down to the order that you list your commands in)...and it's wicked fast
  • Numerous drills and exercises for forming the habits you need to navigate PowerPoint almost entirely from your keyboard (for PC users)
  • And much MUCH more!


What Students Are Saying:

  • "The Best Time-Saving Guide for Heavy PowerPoint Users" - Yong
  • "Best PowerPoint course I've ever taken" - Sven
  • "PowerPoint Power Course" - Bronwyn
  • "Tremendous course, especially for aspiring consultants!" - John
  • "Essential PowerPoint Speed Training" - Charles


So Where Are You Currently At And How Much Further Are You Going To Get On your Own?

Are you the go-to person at your company for PowerPoint, and looking for new strategies and techniques that will make you EVEN better?

Are you an analyst bogged down at your job creating and editing PowerPoint presentations, and you want to learn how to fast track through your decks so that you can spend your time on higher value added tasks that will help you get promoted?

Are you an undergraduate or MBA student looking to get into investment banking or consulting, and you want to get a jump start on that "proficient at PowerPoint" line on your resume so that you can hit the ground running when you land the job?


Join Advanced PowerPoint Today And Learn How to:

Spend Less Time Formatting: 40% or more of people's time in PowerPoint is currently wasted on repetitive formatting and alignment tasks…I'll show you how to eliminate many of these.

Become a Keyboard Jockey: Everyone knows that power users use their keyboard for just about EVERYTHING…I'll show you exactly when and where to use your keyboard, and help you build the muscle memory so that it sticks.

Make Better Deck Decisions: Many great "dream" slides become re-haul "nightmares" when you have to update or rework them later…I'll teach you how to make better decisions on the front end of your deck so that your slides are easy to update and manage when things change…as they always do.

And Much, MUCH More: It takes people years of trial and error sitting at their desk to pick up great PowerPoint hacks and tricks…I'll save you the trouble and show you the best of the best that I've collected over the years.


Course Outline

Unit 1: Using Your Keyboard For Just About Everything

In Unit 1, I'll show you how to use your keyboard for just about everything in PowerPoint, how to optimize the PowerPoint environment for speed and the many flavors of shortcuts we'll be covering.

This is the LAST place people look to improve their speed and efficiency, yet this is THE critical first step if you want to build slides (from scratch) in less than 3 minutes.

I've spent years testing ways to minimize repetitive tasks and optimize the PowerPoint environment for speed and I'll reveal everything that I've learned.

Unit 2: Strategically Building Scale-able Layouts

In Unit 2, I'll walk you through how to rapidly create, format, and manage the core building blocks of professional presentations (shapes, lines and text boxes). You'll also learn the core frameworks that will help guide you in making better deck decisions that will save you time now and in the future.

After Unit 2 you will be able to quickly manage and manipulate the objects of a slide to quickly generate new layout ideas without breaking a sweat.

I'll also show you exactly where most people's layouts go wrong and how to quickly troubleshoot and fix them so that they are more robust in the future.

Unit 3: Making Everything Perfect

In Unit 3 I'll show you how to align ANYTHING in PowerPoint by focusing on 'technically' impossible alignment issues that most people use guesswork to get into place.

This unit will ensure that your slides maintain the highest level of professionalism by avoiding common (and often embarrassing) alignment issues that most people think are impossible.

Unit 4: Demystifying the Common Issues with Lines in Hierarchies and Flow Processes

In Unit 4 I'll show you how to solve the many inconsistencies of working with lines in PowerPoint that destroy most people's layouts (and create hours of reworking issues).

In addition, I'll show you a step-by-step process for tackling a real world connector mess, as you'll likely encounter lots of them during your career. I won't let other people's disasters slow you down.

Unit 5: Building rapid fire layouts with boxes and flying carpets

In Unit 5 you'll learn how to polish slides in less than 2 minutes using my famous boxing things up technique. The scenario is you have been given new slides that you MUST include in your presentation…and they suck. The trouble is you don't have a lot of time to invest as you are running out the what?

In this unit you'll learn how to quickly build box layouts, how to default your formatting so that you can build your layouts faster as well as looking at how to build out alternative layouts with implied boxes (using flying carpets) and odd shape boxes.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this a workshop about all the different features of PowerPoint, how to save a presentation, where to find the picture formatting tools, etc.?

We assume you're already computer savvy and know how to find your way around. Unlike many other courses out there, this workshop focuses entirely on how to use PowerPoint in the real world, rather than simply where all the different features are located. Each unit is packed full of strategies and techniques you can use every single time you work in PowerPoint. If it isn't useful for completing tasks today, we don't cover it.

Does the workshop include public speaking tips, crafting a better presentation (how many slides, how many bullets, etc.), story-boarding, or general tips on how to develop a better message?

This workshop focuses specifically on the technical applications of being 3x Faster working in PowerPoint. For all intents and purposes, this workshop assumes that you already know what you want to include in your presentation, and focuses on showing you how to build it as quickly as possible. If you are looking for guidance on how to build and deliver a "Steve Jobs" presentation, this workshop is not for you.

Is the workshop about building "warm and fuzzy" slides that entertain or dazzle an audience?

This workshop assumes your job is to build professional grade slides to impress your boss or colleagues in professional settings, not to build slides to show your holiday photos to friends on the weekend.

Will I learn how to create animations and slide transitions?

This workshop focuses on content heavy slides that are sent via email or printed for review...the types of slides where animations and slide transitions are irrelevant and a waste of time.

I've been using PowerPoint for 9 + years, will I learn anything?

If you can complete our Speed Challenge in less than two minutes, then you do not need to take this course. Otherwise, you will learn a repeatable system you can use to build slides, like those in our Speed Challenge, in record timing.

How fast can I become?

How much you get out of this workshop depends on how much you put into it. The goal is to teach you a systematic, repeatable system to quickly build content. If you are willing to learn our system and follow along with us, you'll have all the tools to build slides like the Challenge Slides in less than two minutes. To get a sense of how fast you are now, take our Speed Challenge (download or watch below), and compare your time to ours.

Why the focus on shapes, lines and textboxes?

We focus on improving the speed with which you accomplish everyday tasks in PowerPoint, using the core building blocks of professional presentations: shapes, lines and textboxes. These objects account for at least 80% of all the objects used in content heavy slides in the professional world, so being able to manipulate these core building blocks quickly and effectively is critical.

My company uses set templates. Will I still be able to get something out of this workshop?

Absolutely. Most templates are built using shapes, lines and text boxes, so learning our system will help you become an expert at manipulating your templates.

Can I take this course if I'm using a Mac?

Although a PC version of Office is used to teach this course, students have taken the course using the Mac version of Office and been extremely happy.

The primary difference between the two versions is the quick access toolbar and the keyboard driven ribbon, so a number of the speed tricks covered do not work on a Mac. That said, all the strategies and techniques for building your slides are 100% applicable to the Mac version of PowerPoint and will save you time.

If you are using a Mac version of Office, I encourage you to try the course as is and if you are not satisfied for whatever reason, refund the course within 30 days of purchase.

Which version of PowerPoint do I need to follow along?

You can follow along with PowerPoint 2007, 2010 or 2013. Throughout the workshop, we'll use PowerPoint 2013, but we'll make note of any differences between the versions so that you can follow along regardless of which version you are using.

What are the requirements?

  • Windows based version of Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, 2010 or 2013
  • A basic knowledge of PowerPoint, such as opening, closing and saving presentations, etc.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • A systematic and repeatable process to crank through your decks in record timing
  • Blank and filled exercise decks to follow along with and compare your work to
  • Our customized QAT designed and tested to cut down repetitive tasks
  • A cheat sheet of the 60 + shortcuts covered in this workshop
  • 50 + sample slides you can immediately use in your own professional presentations

Who is the target audience?

  • Busy professionals who use PowerPoint on a daily basis to build content heavy, professional presentations to pitch business

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.


Promo Video
Section 1: Start Here
Four Things Your Didn't Know You Could Do in PowerPoint
Important - Download these first
Take our PowerPoint Speed Challenge
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Workshop Orientation
Section 2: Unit 1 - The Setup

In this lecture, you'll receive our first tip for becoming wicked fast: mastering your keyboard.

After you complete this lesson, if you want to fast track through this Unit, you can skip ahead to Lecture 9, where we walk you through installing your customized Quick Access Toolbar. If you decide to jump ahead, don't worry, you can always come back here later.

And if not, we'll see you in Lecture 6!


Make sure you have your exercise decks downloaded and have the "Nuts and Bolts - Unit 1 - Exercise Deck" open in front of you before you begin this lecture.

Your Main PowerPoint Tool: The Ribbon
It's All About Options: Shortcut Types and Smart Guides

This lecture walks you through the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) and how to install the customized QAT included in the downloadable materials for this workshop. Make sure you have it downloaded and saved somewhere on your computer.

After you complete this lesson, if you want to fast track through this Unit, you can skip ahead to Unit 2, where we begin building the Challenge Slides. If you decide to jump ahead, don't worry, you can always come back here later.

And if not, we'll see you in Lecture 12!

The Top Secret of Top Performers: The QAT, Part I (2007)
The Top Secret of Top Performers: The QAT, Part II
Section 3: Unit 2 - The Challenge Slides, Part 1
Let's Prepare for Our Exercise: The Challenge Slides Review

Make sure you have your exercise decks downloaded and have the "Nuts and Bolts - Unit 2 - Exercise Deck" open in front of you before you begin this lecture.

Challenge Slide #1: Rapidly Formatting and Manipulating Shapes
Challenge Slide #1: Understanding Layering
Challenge Slide #1: Working with Lines and Alignment
Challenge Slide #1: Adding in Text and Perfecting the Layout
Challenge Slide #2: Your PowerPoint Insurance Policy
Speed Demonstration: How Fast You Can Really Be
Challenge Slide #3: Taking it to 3 Columns and Thinking in Groups
Challenge Slide #3: Adding Bullets and the Format Painter
Challenge Slide #3: The 'Format Dipper'
Challenge Slide #4: Time-Saving Tips for Working with Multiple Lines
Section 4: Unit 2 - The Challenge Slides, Part 2
Spicing Up the Layout: Introducing the Ninja Line
Spicing Up the Layout: Testing Layouts with the Rand Function
Spicing Up the Layout: Text Alignment and Best Practices
Section 5: Unit 3 - Ninja Lines
Ninja Line Crash Course: The Limitations of the Alignment Tool

Make sure you have your exercise decks downloaded and have the "Nuts and Bolts - Unit 3 - Exercise Deck" open in front of you before you begin this lecture.

Aligning the 'Un-Align-Able': Distributing Across 'Hidden' Elements
Aligning the 'Un-Align-Able': Aligning to Odd Sides of Shapes
Ninja Line Shadowing Technique: Using Smaller Objects as Anchors
Ninja Lines as Snap Grid: Resizing Shapes into Perfect Position
Section 6: Unit 4 - Connectors

Make sure you have your exercise decks downloaded and have the "Nuts and Bolts - Unit 4 - Exercise Deck" open in front of you before you begin this lecture.

Lines as Connectors 101: Working with Multiple Connectors
Lines as Connectors 101: Fixing Hierarchy Nightmares
Lines as Connectors 101: Important Tip for Elbow Connectors
Lines as Connectors 101: The Fastest Draw in the West
Reworking a Slide: Standardizing the Shapes and Positioning
Reworking a Slide: Adding the Connectors
Reworking a Slide: Rearranging the Graphic for Better Readability
Bonus #1: Odd Placed Connectors
Bonus #2: Adding New Connection Points
Section 7: Unit 5 - Boxing Things Up
Defaulting shapes to speed up the boxing technique
Core mechanics of quickly building boxed layouts
Boxing speed challenge #1: Polishing a slide in less than 2 minutes
Boxing speed challenge #2: Building a SWOT analysis in less than 2 minutes
Alternate boxing layouts - anything can go into a box
Using "flying carpets" to build implied boxes
Supplemental Materials #1: Additional boxing exercises
Supplemental Materials #2: Additional boxing exercises
BONUS #1: Building odd shaped boxes with the combine shapes tool
BONUS #2: Blast to the past technique - layering up odd shaped boxes
Section 8: Workshop Wrap Up
Bonus Trick + Conclusion
Section 9: BONUS - Bullet Busting Mini-Series
Lesson #1 - Working in groups and categories
Lesson #2 - Working around non-duplicate categories
Lesson #3 - Working with hierarchies and flow processes
Lesson #4 - Breaking out visual elements
Lesson #5 - Mix and matching techniques for sophisticated visual layouts
Lesson #6 - How to quickly get yourself back to the beginning
Mini-Series Slide Layouts

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Instructor Biography

Taylor Croonquist, PPT Speed Trainer, Co-Founder - Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

Nuts and Bolts Speed Training is a product of Nuts and Bolts Holdings, a Seattle based company providing action oriented training for office software for people who spend hundreds, if not thousands, of hours a year using it.

Our PowerPoint for Busy People Workshop is the sum of best practices, techniques and strategies our trainers have developed over a combined 15 years of experience working under tight deadlines to build, edit, and polish large content heavy PowerPoint decks, for client pitches, proposals, investment memorandums, research reports etc., primarily used in the fields of consulting, investment banking, public relations and communications.

PowerPoint is a tool that too few professionals know how to exploit in a time-efficient manner. PowerPoint for Busy People is designed to dramatically improve your productivity and help you create the type of content-heavy decks that deliver the goods in today's competitive marketplace.

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