“Dave, How do you create that visual you just showed us?”
That question had been asked so often in my customized workshops that I added a second day to my workshops to show attendees the step-by-step methods for creating effective visuals in PowerPoint. I walk them through exactly how to create the visuals and they practice on their own laptop. But if they were going to remember what they did, I needed to provide them with a manual that gave the instructions and screen shots so they could implement the ideas in their own presentations later on.
After numerous revisions and expansion, I am now making the different sections of my entire hands-on workbook available as Implementation Guides. You can now get the exact step-by-step instructions that my workshop participants receive. Why would I offer these guides? Because so many purchasers of my books want the details on creating the visuals they see. And for participants whose organization doesn’t offer the hands-on day of my workshop, they need the instructions to create the visuals so they can make the positive change in their presentations that their boss is expecting.
Each of the implementation guides covers one area in detail. Each topic is broken down in logical sequence. Screen captures and instructions are provided for PowerPoint versions from 2007 to 2016, so your version will be covered. The techniques are all within the Microsoft Office suite, so you won’t have to download or purchase any other software to create these visuals. The guides are in PDF format when you download them so you can read them on your computer, tablet, or phone.
This guide covers how you can use techniques in PowerPoint to focus your audience during the delivery of the slides. Here’s what I cover in this guide:
- One of the biggest issues in presentation today is information overload. Presenters don’t want to remove spreadsheets from their presentations because someone may ask a question where the detail needs to be displayed. I show a technique for moving details off the core slides and using hidden slides and hyperlinks to be able to access the details if, and only if, they are really needed. In my workshops this continues to be one of the most valuable techniques I teach.
- Laser pointers don’t help the audience and actually distract them. Instead, I show how presenters should use callouts to direct audience attention to specific spots on a visual to reinforce the key message.
- Some organizations have “banned” animation. And if we are talking about the goofy twirling, flying, bouncing effects, I agree. But animation is useful for building your points one at a time on the slide. I show presenters how to properly use certain animation effects that allow the presenter to give the audience the context they need to come to the correct conclusion on each slide.
- Some topics are complex and can’t be simplified. I show how presenters can use two techniques – the Break Down and Zoom In technique and the Zoom In on a Portion technique to explain a complex visual so that the audience understands it.
You can purchase this Implementation Guide for $7. But why not consider getting all five Implementation Guides so you have the step-by-step instructions available any time you want to create a presentation. The guides cover: Creating Graphs & Visuals for Data, Creating Diagrams, Text and Tables, Using Images, and Focusing the audience when delivering the presentation. The five guides would cost $42 if you bought them individually. But if you buy them as a package, you pay only $26 – a 38% savings! Click here to buy all five guides at this special price.