This conversation is amazing! Troy, Nolan and Sandy are joined by a presentation industry luminary, Cliff Atkinson. Cliff is author of Beyond Bullets, which is now in its 4th edition, and as we talk Cliff continuously drops in one amazing insight and presentation strategy thought after another.
Our first conversation of 2020, we talk about investing in our design businesses; software, hardware, training, services, and what are important to be in our annual budget.
This episode, Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about being a presentation designer – which is different from being a web designer, a video editor, a motion graphics designer or a graphic designer. Presentation designers emerge from a collection of backgrounds and we talk about what skills a presentation designer today needs, and what skills they are expected to have.
It has been some time since it was just a conversation with Troy, Nolan and Sandy. October 2019 had 5 Tuesdays, our last conversation was with a large group at the Presentation Summit and before that was a few guest conversations. So, listen in to us catch up and focus on the many PowerPoint and presentation updates that have been highlights over the past 2 months!
• Join us at the 2019 Presentation Summit in San Antonio, TX where we gathered over 20 presentation industry people of interest for an all-encompassing conversation on everything presentation. Including, design tricks, tips on running a presentation business, recommendations and a free-for-all review of the Presentation Summit!
The conversation is all about Google Slides, and it is full of details, tips and tricks. Google Slides is tricky for presentation designers not versed in its workflow and we really don’t hear about it at design studios much… yet. We were fortunate to connect with a designer that is Google Slide expert, and does a lot of presentation design for several large corporate clients using it. Vincent Thompson, a Creative Consultant at BrightCarbon helps us better understand Google Slides.
Next month, October 2019, is the 17th annual Presentation Summit. This conference gathers 200 people in the presentation industry for insightful seminars on presentation design and delivery, deep skill building with PowerPoint, and invaluable networking. This episode Nolan, Sandy and Troy are joined by the conference organizer, Rick Altman, talking with us about the conference background, its philosophy and goals, and what to expect this year in San Antonio!
Professional presentation certifications are coming to the presentation industry. The Presentation Guild has undertaken this massive effort and it is currently in a beta test mode, which shows this is an organization serious about things being done professionally and getting things right. Today we get to talk with some with the administrative team behind the Presentation Certifications to us the inside scoop on an industry first, and the first of it’s kind, Presentation Professional certification.
Professional certifications are about to become a reality for the presentation industry. This episode we have the inside scoop with Richard Goring of Brightcarbon, Tara Sheffield of SlideRabbit, Lori Chollar of TLC Creative Services, and Troy Chollar of TLC Creative Services. Each of us was invited to be a part of a beta test group and go through the Specialist certification. We are sharing our experience, provide some test insights and some test taking tips.
After talking about studio projects and presentation industry news, Troy and Nolan head out the door while Sandra Johnson, Nancy Duarte, and Lori Chollar have an amazing time talking about being Women Owned Businesses in the design industry – a conversation not to miss!
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 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.
PowerPoint Templates have lots of setup, design, distribution and end-use considerations. For this episode we have a virtual conversation with a number of presentation design experts volunteering their expertise and recommendations on everything PowerPoint templates.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.