BYOD: Mind-Blowing PowerPoint. No, Really!

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DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo - October 24, 2018

Richard Goring


Why are most presentations so bad? Truly terrible? They’re too wordy, text-based, and generally dull. They don’t tell stories that engage, excite, or inspire. And they generally do little to actually help people learn. They are linear and non-responsive, with no interaction—pretty much everything you know doesn’t work to convey information effectively. Few people enjoy creating, delivering, or watching PowerPoint presentations, but that can change.

This is a highly practical session where participants will work together on creating half a dozen amazing slides that work effectively, and where you’ll look at how to use those skills in developing your own presentations. And, because it’s all live, you can see just how quick it is to create compelling visual presentation content, so there’s no excuse for bullet-point slides! Don your thinking caps, and get ready to critique some dreadful “before” slides and take part in transforming them into truly mind-blowing presentations that will energize your audience and make your next training course the best ever.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create visual slides using the full range of PowerPoint’s tools to generate your own graphics
  • Ways to use custom highlighting to focus attention and make your point clearly
  • Techniques to tell compelling stories using animations, from simple to sophisticated
  • Tricks on creating interactive visual content to engage your audience, whether in person or online
  • How to develop navigable presentations so that you can respond to your audience


Designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Microsoft PowerPoint.

Technology required:

Computer running PowerPoint—ideally PowerPoint 2010 or later on Windows PC, or PowerPoint 2016 on Mac. Earlier versions will have some limited functionality.


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