Tutorials to create effective visuals in PowerPoint

You have seen great visuals such as bullet graphs, waterfall graphs, timelines, Gantt charts, and more. You’d love to be able to create these visuals, but you don’t have the time to figure it out, you have a presentation to get ready for! What if you had quick, clear tutorials that showed you step by step how to create the effective visuals you want to use? Now you do.


This set of videos and written tutorials will help you become the PowerPoint superstar in your department. You simply open one menu file in your browser, and all of the resources are available. Each resource is its own file, so you learn just what you need when you need it, no scanning through a two hour video to find the 8 minutes you need right now. Since this is on your computer, you can learn wherever you are, no Internet connection required.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to avoid information overload by moving backup information to hidden slides or external files that can be accessed during the presentation if someone asks a question
  • Five methods you can use to copy Excel cells to a PowerPoint slide and the advantages and disadvantages of each method (there is no one method that is best all the time)
  • Copying Excel graphs is no easier, so you will learn five ways to copy an Excel graph to a PowerPoint presentation and when each method would be the best
  • How to create table of numbers in PowerPoint where the numbers line up perfectly, and how to add visual indicators that allow the audience to immediately understand the meaning of the numbers
  • Many graphs are created in Excel, but you have the same tools available in PowerPoint. You will learn how to create graphs in PowerPoint and clean them up so they look great and communicate your message clearly
  • You will learn how to go beyond the basic graphs and create:
    • Multiple width overlapping column graphs that show a comparison between two data series
    • A speedometer graph that shows two values in a familiar visual
    • Waterfall graphs to show the components of a change from a starting to an ending point
    • Stacked bar charts that are often more effective than pie graphs
    • Stacked bar breakdown charts that show the sub-segments of one segment
    • Diverging stacked bar charts that show two groups of values and is a better choice than a stacked column graph in many cases
    • Grouped item comparisons that you see in media such as the Wall Street Journal
    • Proportional object collections and Treemaps that use areas for comparisons and take you beyond the simple graphs included in PowerPoint or Excel
  • When discussing time based information, you will be able to quickly create timeline visuals, calendar visuals, and learn three ways to create Gantt charts
  • Other diagrams, such as decision trees or process diagrams don’t require specialized software. You will learn how to create them in PowerPoint and where to access over 4,000 pre-made diagrams for free that can save hours of effort.
  • Images are powerful when used properly. You will learn how to include screen captures and other images (including how to convert any slide object, such as a graph, to an image), as well as how to place text on any image so it is easily seen.
  • Text slides are an important part of almost every corporate presentation. You will learn text formatting and emphasis techniques that will make your text slides much better than the boring bullet point slides audiences dread.
  • After you have created the visual, you can help the audience to understand it easier by the way you focus the audience when you deliver the presentation. You will learn how to add callouts and appropriately use animation to focus the audience.
  • Sometimes you have to present complex visuals. You will learn two techniques for breaking down complex visuals so they are easier for the audience to understand.
  • You will also learn my best tips for productively using PowerPoint and being a pro when you deliver a PowerPoint presentation. In my workshops, these tips and techniques are what many people say is the highlight of the day.

All of the resources are downloaded in a very large (1.1GB) ZIP file that you extract on your computer. All of the resources are for the Windows versions of PowerPoint.

Want to see exactly what you'll be getting? No problem. Click here to open the actual menu file that lists every tutorial, tip and technique. The links on the page to the actual video and written tutorials won't work of course, but you will know exactly what you are getting.

These are the same skills I teach in my workshops. You could attend a public workshop when they are held, but it will cost you more, you have the time away from the office, the travel, and you don't get videos you can review to remind yourself later. For just $349, you get hours of videos, pages of written tutorials, and all in a convenient, learn when you need to format. Order right now and start downloading the file in minutes. (Make sure you are not on a cellular connection because this one file could exceed your monthly data limit.)

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After your purchase, you will be taken to a page to download the file. It is a very large file (1.1GB), so it will take a while and you want to make sure you check to see if you will exceed any bandwidth restrictions on your Internet connection. Once the file is on your computer, unzip or extract all the files to a folder on your computer. In that folder, open the PPt-Effective-Visuals-Tutorials-2014.htm file. It will open in your default browser. Use the links to access all of the tutorials.