Pitch Decks (Episode 16)

Join Troy, Nolan and Sandy as they talk all about Pitch decks. Pitch Decks are a specialized sales presentation, and they discuss who uses them, who designs them, what is unique about their content, and how each of us approaches a Pitch Deck project.

Financial Slides (Episode 15)

This time on The Presentation Podcast, Nolan and Troy are joined by Dave Paradi for a conversation about best practices for slide design in Financial Presentations. Have you struggled with getting all of the numbers on a slide, or stared at a slide that had too much financial data and tried to find the numbers that relate to the presenter’s message? Listen in for tips on ways to design these slides and to hear lots of great ideas about what to do with data heavy slides (or any presentation with lots of data).

What’s On the Bookshelf? (Episode 14)

Books, whether traditional print or digital, provide entertainment, education, ideas and more. Troy, Nolan and Sandy gathered many of their favorite books that they have read over the years of being professional designers for their own book club discussion focused on presentations, design, business and random inspiration.

Where Do You Get Your Images For Presentations? (Episode 13)

Visual Communication is how we summarize the core offering of TLC Creative Services. For us, that encompasses anything that is seen: words, photos, iconography, video, on slides, print pieces, billboards, trade show large format displays, webpages and HTML email campaigns. Today, we decided to jump into the murky waters of images – what images are legal to use, what are our favorite resources for images, and what are some design tips for using images in a presentation.

Agency Work (Episode 12)

Nolan, Troy and Sandy talk about the world of presentations and how it intersects with creative agencies – both in terms of agencies creating presentations in-house for their own purposes and selling presentation design to clients.

What is the Best Font Size? (Episode 11)

Listing what size font to use is a classic presentation ‘rule’ that is never really agreed upon or followed when it is set. This episode we talk about our guidelines for font size, including when to follow a font size rule, why a font size specification is difficult to turn into a rule and some tips for what everyone should consider with font sizes and presentation design.

Adobe Techniques in PowerPoint (Episode 10)

In the beginning – of digital presentation design – all apps were extremely limited in their editing capabilities. But things have improved and it is amazing what can be designed direct inside PowerPoint. For this podcast episode, Troy, Nolan and Sandra talk about how they accomplish many “Adobe design techniques” directly inside PowerPoint.

This is Where I Design (Episode 9)

The 4th of July weekend is the height of summer, at least here in the States, and this time everyone has a bit more relaxed episode to go with the mellow summer attitude. Troy, Sandy and Nolan are talking about their design studios, typical work schedule, novelties they have gathered for inspiration and of course presentation design. You are invited into their studios for a chat and tour!

Faster & Better Design with PowerPoint Add-ins (Episode 8)

PowerPoint desktop has always had the ability to run 3rd party add-ins to expand its tool set and capabilities. Nolan, Troy and Sandy talk about what add-ins they have installed, real-world examples of when they are used, and tips & tricks for better and faster presentation design

Do Bullets Kill An Audience? (Episode 7)

Do bullet points can kill an audience? In Episode #7 we discuss the problem that the misuse of presentation software can cause and more importantly, what our audiences can do to overcome this deadly pitfall.

Print-only Presentations (Episode 6)

PowerPoint was initially created to replace overhead transparencies and 35mm slides; that’s why we still call each page a slide. PowerPoint is also used as a layout and desktop publishing tool. PowerPoint can, and should, be used as a tool for creating documents and print-only presentations that will never be projected.

Oh, Font (Episode 5)

Oh font! Microsoft standard fonts, Adobe Creative Cloud Type Kit, Google Web Fonts, custom fonts from websites – what is a presentation to use? Will a font work on a Mac, Windows, iOS, or Web app presentation? What are the advantages, and pitfalls, of using custom fonts. Are Microsoft Office fonts safe to use, can you use Mac OS fonts everywhere? Troy, Nolan and Sandra have a great discussion on best practices for font use in presentations.

Presentation Software; Setup, Best Practices, Tips & Tricks (Episode 4)

Everyone presents at some point. The Presentation Podcast hosts talk about their tips and Best Practices for using presentation software for a presentation. The discussion is not about speech coaching, stage craft or presenting a message – all very important skills – but what a presenter should focus on behind the scenes in using PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi. Hear what our presentation design hosts see that a presenter should know and think of when planning, presenting, and making things work when something goes awry.

How, and When, to Hire a Presentation Design Professional (Episode 3)

The process of when someone should be hiring a presentation design professional starts with some questions: What is the goal of the presentation? How much is at stake? How much time do you have to invest in the presentation slides vs. presentation content and other business needs? The big decision is — at what point is there value in bringing in a Presentation Design Professional? And for our hosts today, the question is: “What do Presentation Design Professionals need from you?”

Send a Proof, But How? (Episode 2)

Presentation design is a conversation between designer and presenter. Receiving input from the presenter is vital, but how best to do that? Today, we are talking about our best practices for receiving client feedback and input throughout the design process, along with sharing what format we use to send proofs and stories about why proofing and feedback is important.

Do You PowerPoint 2016? (Episode 1)

PowerPoint is synonymous with ‘Presentation’ but the latest version’s name is creating some confusion with Windows and Mac versions both being named “2016.” In addition, there are different ways to get Office 2016, but not all are the same. Our three professional presentation designers discuss the details of PowerPoint 2016 in its many variations, including what we use, recommend and caution avoiding.