Presentability (with Richard Goring of BrightCarbon)- (Episode 62)

Join this conversation about the two components of every presentation; the audience and the presenter. Troy, Nolan and Sandy are joined by Richard Goring of Bright Carbon for a fantastic time talking about visual slide design and finding the balance of content to visuals that is best for both presenter and audience. We coined the term “Presentability” during this podcast to describe the optimal balance.

PowerPoint Shortcuts (Episode 61)

Join a great conversation with Troy, Sandra and Nolan sharing “PowerPoint Shortcuts”, including keyboard shortcuts, right-click tricks, app setup, faster design, better presenting and anything else that helps us get more done quicker, better or professionally.

Do You ARS? (Ben Anderson and John Cosgrove of VoiceHive)

Audience Response System, or A-R-S, is a great process of involving an audience in a presentation. It is a way for a presenter, a meeting, or even a classroom to get real-time input from the audience, and display everyone’s answers. For our conversation about ARS we are joined by John Cosgrove of VoiceHive and Ben Andersson as meeting ARS specialist. We talk about software we use, ways we added audience interaction, and ideas for presenters to integrate audience interaction into a presentation.

Video Round-Tripping in PowerPoint

Video round-tripping in PowerPoint is like the movie inception, where we figure out everything is a dream, inside of a dream, that is possibly inside of another dream… this is creating content in PowerPoint, that is exported to video, and then that video become part of the PowerPoint content, or a slide with a video of PowerPoint content with other PowerPoint content. It is crazy stuff you can do with PowerPoint, and Troy, Sandy and Nolan have a great design studio conversation all about it!

Do You Like (PowerPoint) Sections?

PowerPoint Sections, first introduced in PowerPoint 2010 are still a hidden feature to many. Troy, Nolan and Sandy spend a whole episode to talking about this great, and underutilized feature. How they use, when they use, and reasons to use PowerPoint sections, along with tips & tricks, asks of Microsoft and examples. Enjoy another PowerPoint conversation!

PowerPoint Templates In Depth with Julie Terberg and Echo Swinford (Episode 56)

PowerPoint templates are a key, and fundamental, feature of PowerPoint. We have all seen “templates” that are far from a true, functional and helpful PowerPoint template. Troy, Nolan and Sandy are joined by two industry experts in PowerPoint template development who literally wrote the book on PowerPoint templates, Echo Swinford and Julie Terberg.

A Conversation with PPT Add-in Developers (Part 2) (Episode 54)

This week’s episode is Part 2 of the PowerPoint add-ins conversation with developers Steve Rindsberg of PPTools, Gil Segal of ToolsToo, and Jamie Garroch of YouPresent (Listen to episode 52 for Part 1 of the conversation). We cover three additional questions this time around: what about the new Microsoft Store web-based add-ins? What about Mac PowerPoint add-ins? And what is an add-in you would like to develop? It is a fantastic conversation, enjoy!

Colorful Talk About Using Color in PowerPoint (Episode 53)

Color is a major part of presentation design. How a presentation designer goes about using color, both for design and the technical how-to within PowerPoint, have a wide variety approaches. Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about personal approaches, technical setup and how-to, and using color in presentations.

A Conversation with PPT Add-In Developers (Part 1) (Episode 52)

The Presentation Podcast continues the PowerPoint add-in conversation from the perspective of the add-in developers themselves. With 3 amazing guests providing their insights and knowledge; Steve Rindsberg of PPTools, Gil Segal of ToolsToo, and Jamie Garroch of YouPresent. This will be part 1 in this conversation, look for part 2 in the near future. The insights and information from these add-in developers is definitely worth a listen, and probably a re-listen to take notes on everything!

PowerPoint Add-ins We Like (Episode 51)

Add-ins, third party apps that make design time faster by automating tasks and enabling PowerPoint to do more than it is capable of are something every professional presentation designer should take advantage of. Troy, Nolan, and Sandy talk about add-ins they use and see others using.

Live From the 2018 Microsoft MVP Summit (Episode 50)

We have two amazing things to share about this episode. First, this is the 50th Presentation Podcast episode! Second, we celebrate our 50th anniversary with a presentation and PowerPoint conversation at the Microsoft campus with over a dozen Microsoft PowerPoint MVPs!

What Makes Presentation Slides Beautiful (with Mitch Grasso) (Episode 49)

Beauty is subjective, as is slide design, all of which Troy, Nolan, Sandy and this week’s guest, Mitch Grasso, have strong opinions on. As founder of SlideRocket (acquired by VMware in 2011) and now Beautiful.ai (an online presentation design app that launched February 6, 2018), Mitch adds great insights into presentation design. Like TV shows that use a news headline for an episode storyline, we take Mitch’s new company name, and its mission, as our conversation topic and discuss what makes a beautiful presentation.

Giving and Getting Feedback (Episode 48)

There is an art to design project feedback, and often the success or failure of a project rests entirely on being able to give, and receive, feedback effectively. On this episode, Troy, Nolan, and Sandy focus on design feedback – for both the client and the designer.

Playing with 3D Models in PowerPoint (Episode 47)

Support for 3D model file formats is a new option for PowerPoint. 3D models and 3D Perspective design are different. In this Presentation Podcast conversation, Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about using 3D Models as PowerPoint slide content and if 3D Models are a novelty, a fad, or a design trend?

Share the Stage with Your Slides (with Sally Koering Zimney) (Episode 46)

Join an amazing conversation about how presenters can share the stage with their slides, interact with them, while still engaging with the audience, and “share the Con.” Sally Zimney from the “This Moved Me” podcast, and a professional presentation coach joins the conversation, offering some great advise for every presenter, and presentation designer.

Things to Check Before Presenting (Episode 45)

The primary purpose of presentation software is to support a presenter. Presenters need to be aware of what things can go wrong, know what to check before presenting, and prevent many potential issues before they become an issue. Sandy, Nolan and Troy are presenters, they work with presenters every week, and have experienced many presentation technical issues, this podcast offers a compilation of things every presenter should check before presenting.

Year-End Thoughts (Episode 44)

This is the 24th episode and final conversation of 2017! Troy, Nolan and Sandy end the year with a great conversation about the big things that influenced their design, studios, and presentation software use this past year.

Office 365 Features We Use (Episode 43)

Office 365 is Microsoft’s subscription based software and service that goes beyond the Office apps by encompassing SharePoint, Teams, Groups, Unified Communications with Skype and much more. Troy, Sandy and Nolan talk about how they each use Office 365 for their studios and the “secrets” to making the most of it.