The Visual Elements – the foundations of creating impactful slide

I never would advise anyone to start the process of creating a presentation by opening PowerPoint. However, you may be at a that point when putting visuals/slides together is the next step in your process. (or improving some existing visuals). If that is you… this is for you.    You can download it here:    

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Your dilemma…thinking like a template.

I was recently working with a client and asked her to write out the structure for her presentation.  This included her main message, her content and content chunks. She sent me a good initial outline as to what she wanted to say, but it’s how she organized it that was most fascinating to me. She organized it as slides, even though her presentation outline was all text in an email. The outline was what she thought should be on each slide. The title for each section started with Slide #1, Slide #2 etc. Under each slide number was a topic title and some bullet points. Dam you Microsoft! Her default… Read More

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Pros Flow – one thing common to great presentations.

One way to polish your presentation to a professional level is to work on your flow. Like a great conversation or a great movie, a great presentation has a flow. So many presentations go like this: TALK, STOP, CLICK, TALK, STOP, CLICK. The speaker talks, then stops talking, presses the slide advance button, waits for the next slide to appear and then begins speaking again. Each slide is treated almost independently from the rest of the presentation, there isn’t any flow. Maintaining a smooth pace throughout a presentation helps keep an audience engaged. When you think about it, a presentation could have dozens of these TALK STOP CLICKs. Each of… Read More

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