Create effective PowerPoint presentations the audience will understand

Customized training to turn confusing, overloaded PowerPoint presentations into ones with a clear message, focused content, and effective visuals

Overloaded spreadsheet slide

Stop using overloaded slides that confuse the audience

 

Effective visual

Start using effective visuals to support a clear, focused message

 

I believe that all presenters can best serve the audience by following these three steps:

Clear Message

Clear Message

It is a mistake to start your presentation by copying slides from previous presentations. Start by planning your message so it is clear, flows well, and effectively communicates to this audience.

 

Focused Content

The biggest problem with presentations today is information overload. Your content needs to be focused on the key messages you want the audience to understand.

 

Effective Visuals

You don’t need to be a graphic artist to select and create effective visuals for your presentation. You just need a process and a library of visuals to choose from.

 

How my customized training workshops are different:

1. I don’t teach presentation skills like how to stand, gesture, or breathe. I don’t teach “every feature” basic PowerPoint courses. I teach business professionals how to create a PowerPoint presentation that has a clear message, focused content, and effective visuals.

2. Your staff are learning from a true expert. I am one of thirteen people in North America to be currently recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for my contributions to the PowerPoint presentation community. I have written seven books and four Kindle e-books on this subject. I have a degree in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA, so I can understand the details of your presentations and the communication challenges of business professionals.

3. Every workshop is customized to the type of content your team presents. This is not a standard course that is the same regardless of your individual needs.

4. Customized slide makeovers are integral to every workshop. I collect samples from the participants in advance and prepare makeovers so they can see how the ideas apply to the types of information they have to present. This is always the highlight of the workshop.

5. Participants receive a detailed handout of what I cover so they can take notes on how to apply the ideas to their own situation. They also receive all the slide makeovers I show in PowerPoint format after the workshop so they can examine them and use them to build their own slides.

Participants walk out with a new expectation of what an effective PowerPoint presentation looks like and many practical ideas they can apply immediately to improve their presentations. My clients tell me that no one does what I do. Read more about my workshops and then e-mail me or call me at 905-510-4911 so we can discuss how a customized training workshop can help your team.

Here’s what attendees at my workshops have said about the experience:

I found the non-standard graphs (ie.  proportional shapes, treemap) to be very useful. I think these can tell a very powerful story on some of the metrics we measure.

Rob H.

Sr. Financial Analyst, Telecommunications Company

I will be able to create better PowerPoint presentations and communicate my ideas more effectively. Take a less is more approach: less clutter, more useful information to get the point across.

Cristen B.

Analyst, Distributor

Without a doubt, the best training I have ever been a part of and I am thankful for the opportunity. I especially liked the integration of our current slides and how Dave would present them differently. Later, he shared with us how we can duplicate them.

Andy B.

Sr. Financial Analyst, Wireless Provider

This session helped me to understand that it’s not about the complexity or an ornate design, it’s about the goal and message. Simple, clear, focused slides get the job done, often with a better outcome.

Kimberly A.

Product Manager, Health Sciences Company

The workshop provided a framework for building a presentation. It showed options for developing slides and good ideas to improve communication.

Craig M.

Team Leader, Supply Chain, Retailer

The benefit is twofold: 1) simple tricks that save a lot of time, 2) different options to present the data – simple tools for impressive visuals.

Lina L.

Sr. Analyst, Manufacturer