How to Create Slides for Public Speaking

Chris Haroun
A free video tutorial from Chris Haroun
Award Winning MBA Professor, Venture Capitalist and Author.
4.5 instructor rating • 58 courses • 1,110,730 students

Lecture description

Now that we understand how to make powerful content for our presentations, we can discuss how to make the slides for our speech.


Welcome to Act 4 Which is all about making your slides. 

In this Act, there are 4 Scenes: 

  1. In Act 4, Scene 1 we will create the slides and discuss what presentation software to use.
  2. In Act 4, Scene 2 we will learn how to add and manipulate images.
  3. In Act 4, Scene 3 we will learn how to add videos and other content.
  4. In Act 4, Scene 4, we will discuss case studies on how I made the slides for 10 different speaking occasions using many of the concepts and software products that we discuss in this Act.


In terms of the What, Why and How of Act 4:

What we will do is we will design and create incredible slides, images, animations and additional presentation material for our presentations.

I am going to expose you to many different types of software applications in order to help you make your amazing slides. 

Why are we covering many types of applications aside from PowerPoint, Keynote and Google Slides? Because I want to give you a menu of options so that you can choose what software package is best for you to use. You might even want to use more than just one software application that I discuss to make your slides. 

How are we going to do all of this? In each lesson in this Act, I will discuss important slide creation concepts and then I will discuss HOW I made the slides for THAT PARTICULAR LECTURE immediately after each lecture in an optional HOW to lesson. You can even download these slides and play around with them or use some parts of them to make your own presentations if you want as I want to help you work smarter and not harder. : )

The different presentation software applications we will discuss in the OPTIONAL HOW TO LESSONS include the most recent versions of 

  1. PowerPoint, 
  2. Keynote, 
  3. Google Slides, 
  4. Powtoons, 
  5. Canva.com, 
  6. Final Cut Pro X,  
  7. Haiku Deck, 
  8. Piktochart.com, 
  9. Pixelmaker, 
  10. Paint, 
  11. Procreate and 
  12. Prezi.


I know this is a lot, but don’t worry as I will make it easy to understand and easy to use all of these programs. 

I also realize that some of you use Mac, some use windows, some use Chrome Books, some use iPads and other tablets. As a result, I will cover presentation software products that work on all of the aforementioned devices. 

We will cover delivery in Act 6. For now, lets enjoy the edutaining process of making slides. Thanks

Learn more from the full course

The Complete Presentation and Public Speaking/Speech Course

From page to stage; learn everything you need to know about giving a great speech for business & personal presentations.

15:53:27 of on-demand video • Updated July 2021

  • #1 Best Selling Presentation Skills Course on Udemy!
  • Deliver an Unforgettable Presentation Experience: We will discuss how to deliver your masterpiece + using the best body language.
  • Create Incredible Content: We will thoroughly cover what to include in your speech (MANY ways to start it, end it and how to structure it with more than 50 presentation templates that you can download and use).
  • Make Unbelievable Slides: We will discuss making incredible slides using many proven examples and more than 10 software applications/resources (assumes you have no experience in any of the presentation or image applications that we will discuss). More than 50 presentation templates are attached that you can use (made just for this course so that you can work smarter and not harder).
  • Be More Prepared than Anyone for Your Speech: How to prepare and be aware so you can deliver a perfect presentation (based on my 25 years of giving speeches/presentations/public speaking).
  • Impress Your Audience: We will identify with the audience (your customer/target market).
  • Increase Your Confidence When Presenting: We will learn how to be in peak confidence mode! : )
  • Learn Appearance Secrets from Professional Television/Movie Stars: What to wear + nutrition tips and more.
  • Answer ANY Question During Your Speech Q&A Session: How to ace the Q&A session of your speech.
  • Meet/Beat the Goal(s) of Your Speech: We begin with the end goal in mind of your speech.
  • Post Presentation To Dos: We will ensure that your speech goals are met.
  • 25 Presentation Guides: Use 25 speech guides for 25 different types of speeches.
  • Additional Resources to Help You Work Smarter and Not Harder: Additional materials to help you work smarter and not harder.
  • ....plus much more; please look at the course lectures/course outline for more details. Thanks
English -: Now that we understand how to make powerful content for our presentations, we can discuss how to make the slides for our speech. And so, welcome to act number four, which is all about making your slides. In this act, there's gonna be four different scenes. In act four, scene one, we're gonna to talk about creating the slides and discussing what software to use. In act four, scene two, we're gonna learn about how to add and manipulate images. It's really easy and a lot of fun. In act four, scene three, we're gonna learn how to add videos and other content. And then in act four, scene number four, we're gonna discuss case studies on how I made the slides for 10 different speaking occasions using many of the concepts and software products that we discuss in this act. And so the 10 case studies where I'll be giving you all of the slides as attachments if applicable, are as follows. Case study number one, my TEDx talk slides. Okay, I'm gonna give you an explanation and the slides will be attached, okay? We already talked about critiquing my TEDx talk in the last section which was intermission, so this time I'm just going to talk about how to make the slides, or how I made those slides from that presentation, and I actually used a couple of different software products, it wasn't just PowerPoint, there are others, too, okay? The other nine case studies are as follows. And again, I'm gonna explain how I made the slides if applicable for these case studies later on in act number four. So the other nine case studies are as follows. Again, I'm gonna explain how to do it. Case study number two is my introduction to finance and accounting course. And I use a lot of, I had a lot of fun with this, I used PowToons and other cool products for it. Case study number three is what finance job, which was another one of my courses, here on Udemy, and I'm gonna show you how I used Prezi and a bunch of other cool applications to make that. Very easy. Case study number four is my foreign language MBA. I translated one of my courses into a lot of different languages. I'm gonna show you the software I used to make those presentation slides. Case study number five, I have a free course, please take it if you can, okay? It's called My 40 Teaching Tips. I'm gonna teach you how I made the promo for that. It was a lot of fun. I really liked it, and that course, if you're interested in teaching online, it's a free course, and I discuss 40 mistakes I made, that sort of thing, so you can, again, work smarter not harder if you want to each online. Okay, sorry. And then case study number six is going to be a presentation that I gave to a company. Moving on to case number seven, we're gonna talk about my venture capital conference, I'm gonna talk about the slides, and how I created them. Then in case number eight, we're gonna talk about making course images. How do you make images for courses here on Udemy? There's a bunch of software products that I use. It's real easy, really fun. You'll love it. Case study number nine, I'll talk about how I made a promo for one of my other courses. And then, case study number 10, we'll talk about just making videos, for your presentation, for a wedding or business speeches, etc. It's a lot of fun. And by this time you start act number five in this course, you're gonna be armed with many innovative and powerful and fun to use slide creation applications. And we're gonna create an artistic masterpiece with our slides, and please enjoy the slide creation process as we don't really get to be creative too often in business. Now, in terms of the what, why, and how of act number four, we're gonna cover how to design and create incredible slides, images, animations, and additional presentation materials for our presentations. And I'm gonna expose you to many different software products. Many different ones, in order to help you kinda make your amazing slides. It's my job to give you a menu, and you choose what you want to use. Why are covering many types of applications, aside from Powerpoint, Keynote, and Google Slides? Because, I want you to be ready to use another application if you have to do something very innovative that's not covered in those three aforementioned products, Powerpoint, Keynote, and Google Slides. And you might even want to use more than one software application to create your slides, which I do a lot, and again, I'll give you plenty of examples. Okay, so we talked about the what of this act. So, how are we gonna do all of this? Well, in each lesson of this act, which is act four, I'm gonna discuss important slides creation concepts, and then I will discuss how I made the slides for that particular lecture immediately after each lecture, in an optional how-to lesson per this image. You can even download these slides and play around with them or just use some parts of them to make your own presentations if you want to, as I really want to help you work smarter and not harder. And again, we will have a lesson on slide design concepts, and then immediately after each one, we're gonna have that optional, how did we make these slides lesson. And if all you're interested in is high level slide design, and not how to make the slides using software, then just skip the optional lessons as follows. And the different presentation software applications we're gonna discuss in the optional how to use lessons, include the most recent versions of Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides, PowToons, Canva.com, Final Cut Pro X, Haiku Deck, Piktochart, Pixomaker, Paint, and Procreate, and then Prezi as well, and I know that's a lot, but don't worry, as I'm gonna make it really easy to understand, and really easy to use these programs. I also realize that some of you use Mac, some of you use Windows, some of you use Chromebooks, and some of you use iPads that are tablets, as a result, I'm gonna cover presentation software products that will work on every single device. So, Keynote, for example, only works on you know, Apple related products, right. So, if you don't have an Apple related product, you won't use that one, but I'm gonna give you plenty of other stuff you can use. And, if you ever have any questions about how any slides I made or any feature that I don't talk about, that are of interest to you, then just please, ask me questions in this course. Thank you. Now, many people prefer to use just one application, like Powerpoint or Keynote or Google Slides, and that's cool. All the power to you, but I really want to humbly help you and broaden your horizons and your exposure to other types of software programs that are fun to use, and are awesome for presentations. And I'm assuming that you have no background, at all, using any of the software products, okay? Good. Now, you're gonna notice that we're skipping Photoshop. This is controversial. We're skipping it because it's not that easy to use, and I speak for myself personally. When you use Photoshop, you have to deal with lots of layers and stuff, and it's too complicated for me. You know, I like to keep it simple, whatever, okay. So, I'm gonna include all slides, for this act, which is act four, as attached resources, in every single lecture in this act, as we discuss them. And you can also go to the resources section in this course and see all the attachments for the course listed there. And I just want to say that I had a lot of fun creating this part of the course. As you get to kinda, you know, be like an artist, and you get to be creative, and I'm gonna use many different styles of slides, and you can just pick whatever style you like the best. Now, in the next lecture, meaning right after this one, which is one of the optional how-to lectures, we're gonna discuss how we made this particular lecture using only Powerpoint and nothing else. And then after that additional, optional lecture, we're gonna discuss the high level differences between all of the many software applications I mentioned in this lecture, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed putting it all together. I find that when you have fun, and you know, pay a lot of attention to detail, and you're somewhat creative, then the quality of your work goes up a lot, and you tend to deliver your presentation, with much more passion. So, we're gonna cover delivery again in act number six, but for now, let's enjoy the entertaining process of making our slides together. Thank you.