August 5, 2011

How to Create Triangle-Shaped Tables – PowerPoint Video Tip #12

You can build pyramid shapes using SmartArt, but there are some limitations to SmartArt I don’t like: can’t use other shapes (eg. circle, hexagon), text pop-up […]
August 3, 2011

Slide Makeover – John Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Deck

The U.S. voted to increase the debt ceiling and now John Boehner’s PowerPoint deck, explaining the plan, is already drawing traffic tickets from the PowerPoint vigilantes […]
August 1, 2011

Boring Text Slide? Use Font Size to Make it Pop!

Ever have a slide like this, showing your audience some important statistic? Do you wish you could make this slide design pop more? Here’s an idea inspired by Before & After magazine. Like […]
July 28, 2011

Great Design is about Taking Away, Not Adding

An important lesson for slide designers is this: great-looking design is more about TAKING AWAY unnecessary elements than ADDING more decorative elements. Here’s design great John McWade, author […]
July 25, 2011

7 Predictions for Presentation Design

Someone recently emailed me and asked this intriguing question: what trends do you see in presentation design in the next 1-3 years? I thought the question was […]
July 22, 2011

The Foundation For All Great Presentations – Plan On Paper First

Carmine Gallo posted the best PowerPoint tip you’ll ever get on the Forbes.com blog today. And, in truth, this advice is so simple and so profound, it […]
July 21, 2011

What are Alternatives to PowerPoint?

Occasionally, someone will ask “What are the alternatives to PowerPoint”? Yes, there are a lot of horrible PowerPoint presentations. But the answer is not to look for […]
July 19, 2011

Master the Boomerang Metaphor and Win Any Argument

Metaphors are powerful weapons of persuasion. But when that metaphor reverses in mid-flight and comes back to smack you, it’s called a boomerang metaphor. A humorous example is of […]
July 17, 2011

Google+ Needs a Better Story

Have you heard about Google Plus, Google’s social networking platform to challenge Facebook and Twitter? Are you excited? Or, like most on the internet, are you […]
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