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You’ll create a complete and exciting PowerPoint presentation from beginning to end.

The focus of this class is to teach you how to become a visual thinker and take your PowerPoint presentations to the next level. You will learn new ways of thinking about slide design and will challenge your traditional approach to content creation.

Effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs, and this class fills that void.

  • Learn essential skills in just one day!
  • Hands-on exercises
  • View class recordings for up to six months
  • Instruction from eLearning experts

Time: 10 AM – 4:30 PM ET
Length: 1 Day Class
Type: Instructor-led
Materials: Handouts, templates and course assets
Location: Online via Lodestone Live

Cost: $349.00

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Creating a New Slide Ideology

  • Don’t Commit Career Suicide
  • A Case for Presentations
  • So Where Do You Begin?
  • The Presentation Ecosystem
  • World Class Presentations Require Time and Focus
  • Responding to Audience Needs
  • How Do You Define Your Audience?

Lesson 2: Creating Ideas, Not Slides

  • Finding Your Inspiration
  • Innovating with Sticky Notes
  • Sketching Your Way to Success
  • Collaborating to Get Clarity
  • Sketching Ideas Using Diagrams
  • Sketching Complete Ideas

Lesson 3: Creating Diagrams

  • Classifying Diagrams
  • Abstract Concepts: Flow
  • Abstract Concepts: Structure
  • Abstract Concepts: Cluster
  • Abstract Concepts: Radiate
  • Realistic Concepts: Pictorial
  • Realistic Concepts: Display Data
  • Making Diagrams Work Together
  • Strengthening the Diagram’s Concept

Lesson 4: Displaying Data

  • Following the Five Data Slide Rules
  • Telling the Truth
  • Getting to the Point
  • Picking the Right Tool for the Job
  • Highlighting What’s Important
  • Chart Makeovers

Lesson 5: Thinking Like a Designer

  • The Value of Design
  • Revealing Yourself Through Design Decisions
  • Designing Effective Slides

Lesson 6: Arranging Elements

  • Placement of Elements Creates Meaning
  • Contrast: Identifying the Main Point Quickly
  • Flow: Ordering How the Information Is Processed
  • Hierarchy: Seeing Relationships Between Elements
  • Unity: Sensing the Structure of Information
  • Proximity: Perceiving Meaning from Location
  • Whitespace: Getting Visual Breathing Room
  • Finding Beauty in the Design Around You

Lesson 7: Using Visual Elements: Background, Color, and Text

  • The Ingredients of a Great Slide
  • Background
  • Backgrounds Are a Surface for Digital Assets
  • Traversing Flatland and Dimensions
  • Creating a Sense of Space
  • Determining the Light Source
  • Color
  • About the Color Wheel
  • Using the Power of Color
  • Choosing Your Colors
  • Using Industry Color Palettes
  • Assembling a Color Palette
  • Text
  • Dissecting a Font
  • How Many Words Should Be on a Slide?
  • Typesetting
  • Typesetting a Block of Text
  • Obeying Gun Laws and Bullet Laws
  • Validating Your Font Size
  • Playing Text Animations as the Audience Enters

Lesson 8: Using Visual Elements: Images

  • Assembling an Image System
  • Photography
  • Taking Your Own Photos
  • Illustrations
  • Creating an Illustration Library
  • Illustrating Complex Stories
  • Stylizing Diagrams and Illustrations

Lesson 9: Creating Movement

  • Designing Time-Based Scenes
  • Planning Animations
  • Animating Serves a Purpose
  • Taking Lessons from the Movies
  • Making Objects Move and Change
  • Creating Panoramas and Scenes
  • Creating Scenes, Not Slides
  • Brainstorming Meaningful Metaphors
  • Avoiding Visual Vertigo

Lesson 10: Governing with Templates

  • Arming Your Workforce
  • Making Template Design Decisions
  • Experimenting with Various Looks
  • Following Template Guidelines
  • Building Presentations Collaboratively

Lesson 11: Interacting with Slides

  • The Power of Constraints
  • Constraining the Text
  • Reducing Text on a Slide
  • Navigating Through Your Message
  • Constraining the Length
  • Constraining the Projector
  • All the World’s a Stage
  • How Many Slides? Use the 10/20/30 Rule.
  • How Many Slides? The Sky Is the Limit.
  • How Many Slides? Depends on the Technology.
  • To Project or Not to Project
  • Small Device, Big Impact
  • A Call to Relate

Lesson 12: The Five Theses of the Power of a Presentation

  • Treat Your Audience as King
  • Spread Ideas and Move People
  • Help Them See What You’re Saying
  • Practice Design, Not Decoration
  • Cultivate Healthy Relationships