In our neighborhood the kids are heading back to school today. This often makes the rest of us think about upgrading our skills so today I want to highlight some free playlist s of videos I have on my YouTube channel that can help you make your presentations more effective. To get notified of new videos when I post them, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

PowerPoint and Excel Tutorials

This playlist contains video tutorials including using the new Sketched Shapes feature to show a draft process moving to a final process, how to break an image into pieces so you can build it piece by piece using animation, how to use the Morph feature to zoom in on a portion of a diagram, and how to create Excel charts using the colors from your organization’s PowerPoint template.

Excel Chart Tips

This playlist contains tips on creating graphs in Excel and using them in PowerPoint, including ways to add Excel charts to a PowerPoint slide with or without linking the graph to the data, how to mark the current date on a line graph, how to add a breakeven line to a line graph, and how to create a graph in PowerPoint using data from Excel.

Visuals for Financial Results and Analysis

This playlist gives you examples of visuals that you can use when reporting financial results or the insights from financial analysis. The videos include examples of visuals to use when presenting financial statements such as an Income/Profit & Loss statement or Balance Sheet and how to show trends in data series measured in different units.

FinancialViz Makeovers

This playlist takes you inside my work for my client organizations as I share how I transform visuals based on their slides or based on visuals from the media into more effective visuals that communicate the important message. You can use videos from this playlist as examples to convince your boss and peers to try a new visual instead of sticking with the spreadsheet that overwhelms the audience or the confusing visual that leaves the audience scratching their heads.

Be inspired by the kids who have started school recently and use the videos in the playlists above to jump start your learning so you can make your next presentation more effective.