PowerPoint University: Learn Visual Storytelling with Style

Learn skills to visualize ideas through purposeful design choices to create meaningful presentations.
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  • Lectures 49
  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Course Description

Learn the most used design skills to quickly transform PowerPoint presentations into well crafted professional works of communication excellence.

Build a strong foundation to save the world from death by PowerPoint with stunning creative visual approaches

  • Gain foundation understanding to dramatically improve visual communication
  • Improve effectiveness with visual layouts to command attention
  • Solve the challenges of how to create quality visual communication with PowerPoint
  • Create and mass produce consistent beautiful graphics for your presentations.
  • Discover how industry pros save time by using focused communication methods to impact audiences quickly.
  • Customize visual presentations to draw attention to priority content.
  • Become the go to person for visual communication excellence.

A Powerful Skill at Your Fingertips

Learning fundamentals of PowerPoint design puts a powerful visual design skills at your fingertips. The design techniques are easy to learn and the demonstrations provide ways to follow along, practice with supplied files, and then create based on your original content needs. You will never look at visual layouts the same again.

Content and Overview

Suitable for beginning presenters, trainers, online instructors, curriculum developers, managers, speakers, marketers, and creative entrepreneurs, through this course of 78 lectures and 4 hours of content, you’ll learn the most used functions for designing great looking visual presentations with PowerPoint. Each concept is first demonstrated with follow along videos with step by step instructions. Practice sessions are provided with supplied files for your opportunity to try out the techniques. Creative opportunities are unleashed with the starter models for your own custom productions so that you can go from novice to pro in a short amount of time.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 49 lectures and 2 hours of focused content for the skills that matter most!
  • Learn visual presentation design from a professional coach from your desk.
  • Suitable for beginner educators, trainers, marketers, instructional designers and ideal for people who learn faster when shown.
  • Visual training method offering students increased retention and accelerated learning.
  • Breaks even the most complex functions into simplistic steps to follow, practice, and then create for producing custom visual presentations
  • Custom learning is supported with an active discussion

Learn in Minutes, a Unique Approach to Fast Learning

Make the jump to learning at light speed with the learn in minutes approach which provides edited video demonstrations for quicker contextual understanding. Quicker access to the concepts helps you learn at your own pace with supporting step by step demonstrations and practice files to apply the techniques. The interactive discussion allows for custom feedback and constructive learning support.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have some familiarity with presentation tools such as PowerPoint.
  • This course requires the use of PowerPoint software.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Save the world from death by PowerPoint
  • Design visual presentations that command attention instantly
  • Become the go to person for visual communication excellence
  • Create infographics using drawing tools in PowerPoint
  • Create stunning visual presentations quickly
  • Create infographics to visually organize stories
  • Publish PowerPoint designed visuals in an ebook

What is the target audience?

  • This introductory PowerPoint design course is for students looking for foundation understanding to dramatically improve visual communication
  • This course is also well suited for people that work with visual communication and who want to improve their effectiveness.
  • This course solves the challenges of how to create quality visual communication with PowerPoint
  • This course is not designed to focus on animation or special effects. It is geared to the most vital and most used elements of PowerPoint that can be improved.

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: An Introduction to Learning Strategies for Visual Storytelling Design Skills
01:50

Welcome to PowerPoint University and a do what matters most approach to learning visual storytelling by designing like a SuperHero. Learn from step by step instructions that use a follow, practice, create approach to creating great looking presentations. John O'Laughlin, Ed.D, is a seasoned media professional with 20 years experience creating multimedia productions for Fox, Disney, and advertising companies. He also spent 10 years teaching college students how to learn the skills to create great work. Learn from a professional guide in an inviting online experience. #powerpoint #university #design #superhero

SKILL DEVELOPMENT: The Follow, Practice, Create Approach to Visual Storytelling
Preview
01:10
ACTIVITY: Orientation, Communication, and Questions
00:31
DISCOVER: Save the World from Death by PowerPoint
Preview
02:44
Section 2: Understanding the Principles of Visual Storytelling in Media
Principles of Visual Storytelling with Style
02:52
Section 3: Design Visual Presentations that Command Attention Instantly
FOLLOW: Capture Attention with Emphasis
07:01
PRACTICE: Add Emphasis to Headlines
00:19
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Capture Attention with Emphasis
00:27
FOLLOW: Scale Visuals to Guide the Eye with Hierarchy
Preview
08:34
PRACTICE: Scale Visuals to Guide the Eye with Hierarchy
00:21
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Scale Visuals to Establish Hierarchy and to Guide the Eye
00:42
FOLLOW: Easily Stage Visuals on Layers to Create Depth
06:45
PRACTICE: Working with Layers to Create Depth
00:22
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Depth in Visual Presentations
03:15
FOLLOW: Add Transparency to Enrich Visual Presentations
09:25
PRACTICE: Transparency to Enrich Visual Presentations
00:18
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Stunning Visual Scenes with Transparency
02:02
Section 4: Become the Go To Person for Visual Communication Excellence
FOLLOW: Quickly Add a Professional Design Look with Alignment
05:39
PRACTICE: Orderly Visual Planning with Alignment
00:15
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Professionally Aligned Visuals
02:15
FOLLOW: Use Style to Brand Your Messaging with Unity
04:11
PRACTICE: Visual Branding with Style and Unity
00:18
00:21
This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.
CREATE: Unified Visual Slides
00:36
Section 5: Develop Time Saving Techniques for Creative Work
FOLLOW: Develop Time Saving Efficiency for Creative Work
03:59
PRACTICE: Time Saving Techniques for Creative Designs
00:18
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Stunning Visuals in Less Time
00:22
FOLLOW: Capture Attention with Custom Shapes to Quickly Solve Design Challenges
00:18
PRACTICE: Custom Solutions by Design
00:16
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Custom Visuals to Personalize Your Message
00:18
Section 6: Create Infographics Using Drawing Tools in PowerPoint
FOLLOW: Develop Quick Infographics Through Research
11:12
PRACTICE: Designing Infographics
00:16
00:21

This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.

CREATE: Original Infographics
00:35
FOLLOW: Quickly Mass Produce Graphics with Design Consistency
05:35
PRACTICE: Quickly Mass Produce Graphics with Design Consistency
00:19
00:21
This practice session includes access to the quick reference guide and the .zip version of the PowerPoint file.
CREATE: Quickly Mass Produce Graphics with Design Consistency
00:38
Section 7: One more thing...
DISCOVER: Time Saving Techniques with Stunning Approaches for Creative Impact
01:30
Thank You
00:31
Section 8: Create an eBook to Document Your Learning for Mobile Delivery
DISCOVER: eBook Learning Introduction
00:11
04:58

Learn to capture images and text in a way that can be published out in an eBook format for mobile access.

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Instructor Biography

John O'Laughlin, Director of Learning Innovation

Hi I'm John. Helping people learn challenging things quickly is what I thrive on. People want to improve performance, advance in careers, and enrich skills through a practical approach to applied learning. I’ve been a student of developing creative and rewarding ways to learn through 20 years of media experience as an Emmy award winning producer and innovative leader for creative professionals working with Disney, Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC. I’ve discovered the value of student focused approaches by teaching at 7 colleges simultaneously at one point while developing effective training and development for live and online instruction. During the recent 10 years I also earned advanced degrees in adult learning to soak up an enthusiasm for learning while managing a busy schedule.

The Udemy environment allows you and me to interact through an engaging interface that evolves and benefits from each student experience in a constructive way. Together, we’ll contribute to discussion threads that grow over time. Work is invited to be shared and reviewed for constructive critiques and feedback.

I have a passion for creating engaging instruction that is easy to learn, and which generates powerful outcomes. I'm confident that anything can be learned with a supportive instructor coach, a well-designed curriculum, and an enthusiasm for learning.

My role as instructor is also to be continually engaged in learning from each class and each student so that the subject matter evolves and improves. Life is learning and I enjoy life. Let's learn together.

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