The scientific community is full of presenting. But the world of scientific presentation is different than corporate presentation – something we uncover in the first 2 minutes of conversation with our guest, Mike Morrison, who has been making some waves in the world of scientific presentation thanks to a viral video he created on his proposals for improving the scientific Poster Presentation. This episode we talk about scientific presentations, content and what makes a good presentation – no matter what industry.

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.

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.