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Putting together a presentation without the right template is like starting the day without coffee: you can do it, but why would you? Building a stunning powerpoint template is not hard, but very few people know how to do it. Armed with a beautifully designed template, you'll:
This course will teach you how to
Whether you're creating an internal presentation for work, building a pitch deck for your big idea, or just creating something beautiful to share with your friends and family, this course will help you look your best in no time flat.
Over these nine concise lessons, we'll go from an ugly blank default template to the template that was used in for the introduction video. Follow along and you'll end up with the exact same template you can use for your own purposes. Or go out and customize your own.
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|Section 1: Setting up|
First things first, let's format our powerpoint template so it's widescreen. It breaks my heart every time I see presentations in standard dimensions. It's. So. Much. Worse. Looking. Every screen out there is widescreen now. Get with the program.
Easy does it to start. A quick short victory before we move on to the good stuff.
This may be the most important thing you learn in the entire course. If you're not a designer and you've tried to make something look nice, you've probably hit a roadblock at one point or another and see that something is off but can't quite tell what it is. Chances are, it's the colors.
So rather than go into color theory--a whole 'nother topic of its own--we're going to borrow from the best designers in the world and apply it to our powerpoints. By setting our color scheme up correctly, we're pretty much idiot proofing the design of our presentations.
Simple to do, and so so effective.
Time to show your personality. This is where the real design comes into play for your presentations. We're going to create a really simple, clean design that runs throughout our entire presentation. It's going to look freaking great and will show up on every single page you create when you use the template.
It's also going to be our first introduction to the "Slide Master" view, where you'll be doing your template editing.
|Section 2: Setting defaults|
Page numbers are pesky little things. In this lesson, we'll teach you how to take control of page numbers and introduce a design that showcases them while remaining subtle. The course will also give you a flavor for how placeholders work and continues to help us navigate the "Slide Master" view
I can't tell you how much time I've wasted reformatting each shape I create every time I create it. Hours, days, weeks of my life could have been spared if I'd only discovered this feature earlier in my career. Such a simple feature, but incredibly powerful. This will save you a ton of time and add much needed consistency to the objects you put on your pages.
Have slides you'd want to include in every one of your presentations? By adding slides to the "normal" view of a template file, you don't have to start from scratch every time. In this example, we're going to create the "thank you" page that ends each of my presentations and videos. Instead of digging around to find it each time I make a deck, it shows up automatically. How sweet is that?
Other applications could be instructions, a checklist, introductions, table of contents. Really anything you'd want every time.
|Section 3: Pro Tips|
This may be my favorite lesson of all time. You know those cool icons you see online in product descriptions, on your iPhone, in front of bathroom stalls? There are thousands of them out there, but clip art just sucks. Google image search doesn't work well. And iconfinder.com is great but still doesn't have the best ions.
We'll teach you how to get the icons professional designers are using from The Noun Project in images that work for your powerpoint. It's seriously cool and may take over your life.
You're going to get a lot of comments with this one. Join the 1% of powerpointers that use designer approved fonts by taking advantage of Google's huge collection of baller web fonts. Office default fonts are soooo boring.
We'll walk through how you can get access to Google Web Fonts and install them on your computer. Then we'll set them as the default font for your template. Hope you're ready to field "what font is that" ALL THE TIME.
In this lesson, we say adios until next time and take the template we've built over eight AWESOME lessons and make it look exactly like the title page of the introduction video. Can't wait to work together again and hope you learned something great from this course!
|Section 4: Bonus|
Some parting thoughts. A warm thank you. Requests for feedback and comments. An answer to a common question. Maybe unsolicited advice. And an eager eye to working together again soon.
A final easter egg for you beautiful people. I've done a commentary of the intro powerpoint deck to give you an idea of how it was made. In addition to the video - wait for it - the entire powerpoint presentation. So for all you that didn't make it through the whole course, now you have both a template and a presentation you can riff off of.
Now that you've made your own, beautiful PowerPOint template, you're ready to level up your skillset.
Check out my newest course - Five Essential PowerPoint Skills for Business - for five absolutely critical skills to improve your powerpoint presentations.
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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.
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