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.

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.

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.

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.

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.