Monday 28th January 2019
I was asked recently to supply some before and after examples of PowerPoint presentations so I thought it would be a good opportunity to put together a short video blog with a handful of these examples.
Tuesday 15th May 2018
Knowing how to use PowerPoint (or Keynote or Prezi or whatever you use) is completely different from knowing how to use PowerPoint. (Duh, that’s the same thing on both sides of the equation Dave!) Yes, but you know what I mean – really knowing how to use PowerPoint.
It’s a bit like riding a bike. When you were a young child and had never ridden a bike, you probably thought you knew how to ride a bike. It couldn’t be easier. You sit on a saddle, put your feet on the pedals and move your feet round and round.
Thursday 1st February 2018
The chart tools in PowerPoint and Keynote are very powerful and quite capable of producing perfectly good charts. But if you want to differentiate your presentation, not to mention make it more memorable and therefore more effective, why not try getting creative with data?
Thursday 18th January 2018
One of the newest features of PowerPoint is the ability to bring in 3D models and manipulate them. It can be a really useful feature especially if you want to show off all the attributes of a product for example.
In this video clip, I have produced a title slide that shows simply how to bring 3D models into PowerPoint and use the morph transition to move them on screen.
Wednesday 10th January 2018
As I pointed out in my blog post in October, PowerPoint can be used for things other than for speaking. And I promised I would expand upon some of these, so here goes.
The first usage I want to cover is still concerned with speaking. It’s inspired by people who tell me that they only use PowerPoint as a prop, and I hear that a lot!
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
When producing presentations, more often than not, I am taking a slide deck that someone has already created and transforming it into something that is far more effective and compelling.
Recently I worked on a presentation for a company that was launching an IPO. There were several slides in the presentation, but I want to show you just one and how I changed it from a very plain and busy slide into a set of slides that really worked the way the client wanted.
Monday 18th December 2017
What do you think of this slide? If you've read my posts (or better still my book) you'll know that two things I rail against constantly are complexity and too much text. This slide breaks both of those rules so it's rubbish isn't it? Well, actually...
Before and after slide examples
Having someone else operate your slides
Do you really know how to ride a bike?
The hardest PowerPoint presentation
Want to avoid this feeling? Then rehearse, rehearse and rehearse some more
Other ways of using PowerPoint – Producing video
Getting creative with data
Using 3D models in PowerPoint
Other ways of using PowerPoint – As a teleprompter
From bland to beautiful – how design can produce a winning slide