Just Talking PowerPoint

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!

Live from the 2019 Presentation Summit!

• 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!

Should You Use Google Slides for Your Corporate Presentations?

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.

Things to Know About Presentation Summit (w/ Rick Altman)

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!

Presentation Professional Certifications are Here! (with Echo Swinford and Glenna Shaw)

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.

We Took The Presentation Professional Certification – and Survived!

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.

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.