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Grids, Guides and Gutters

Grids and Guidelines are two hidden PowerPoint features that few know of, or use. Most do not know they originate from traditional print design and are very powerful design tools for slide design. Even if you cannot immediately recognize them, chances are that virtually every professionally designed print layout is making use of a grid in some way. Gutters are a standard print design element, adapted as "Safe View Area" for video projects, and often overlooked and not addressed in presentation design. Join Nolan, Sandy and Troy, as they get a bit design geeky and talk about how these three traditional design tools can be leveraged in presentation design. Read More

Should You Use Canva for Your Presentations?

Canva is an online design tool that labels itself as "amazingly simple graphic design software." It also has recently shifted from Social Media image creation (which it does very well) to taking on PowerPoint and Google slide, " "The presentation software company…" (talking about Canva as the 'presentation software company'). Troy, Nolan and Sandy each spent time building a presentation in Canva and share their design experience and results. Read More

Writing for Presentations (w/ Mort Milder) – Episode 79

With high stakes presentations, often a professional writer is brought in to craft and write the story to be presented. The Presentation Podcast welcomes Mort Milder, one of those professional writers who has written many high stakes presentations and speeches for many, many industries, for a great conversation about presentation design with a professional writer at your side. Read More

Animation Do’s and Don’ts

We live in an animated world, and animated slide content is the norm. Join Troy, Nolan and Sandy as they talk about PowerPoint animation, PowerPoint as a motion graphics design tool, tips on animation, and our Do's and Don’ts of animation. Read More

A Good PowerPoint Template Means…

Continuing our "Consequences of Good Design" conversation, now focused on the what makes a "Good PowerPoint template" (and those things that make a bad PowerPoint template). Read More

The Consequences of Good Presentation Design

Everything has consequences, presentation design included. Often the "death by PowerPoint" mantra is more about bad information flow - created in any program - and it is a consequence of bad presentation design. Nolan, Sandy talk spend some time talking about current projects, recapping the Presentation Summit experience and then dive into a conversation about The Consequences of Good Presentation Design from 3 vantage points; Designer to Client, Designer to Designer, and of course, Client to Audience. Read More

Embed or Link: Choose Wisely

Should you embed or link media in PowerPoint presentations? Excel data, videos, audio and images are all options to embed within the presentation file, or link to external files. Troy, Sandy and Nolan discuss the merits of each option, cover many of the technical considerations and provide some great tips on whether to link or embed content. Read More

Presenting in a Non-Profit World (with Andy Goodman)

Troy, Nolan and Sandy are joined by Andy Goodman, a sought out expert on storytelling, communications and presentation in the world of non-profits, NGOs and foundations. We talk about his history and focus on his book Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes for a fantastic hour of amazing presentation philosophy and talk about what to do - and what not to do - for presentations. Read More