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No-Nonsense Template Delivers Consistent Theme to Multiple Presentations


A 547-page presentation makeover made easy…thanks to a template master and thoughtful planning.

The inside story of how environmental conference organizers transformed 22 separate PowerPoint to a unified look and feel.

South Florida Water Management District

The American Water Resources Association’s conference on “Restoring the Everglades” features several breakout sessions and speeches from scientists and engineers from around the world. While organizing this annual event, conference management sought to create a “brand image” of the event. The organizers hired The Presentation Team, to give a series of 22 slideshow presentations a consistent look and feel. All together we had to re-work 547 slides. With less than three weeks for the makeover, the project was a tall order, especially since each slideshow was created by a different presenter.

We began by communicating with each slideshow creator the process and deadline for submitting materials. We then turned to Adobe Photoshop to create a template based on its modern look, subtle integration of the conference’s logo and its flexibility of title and body space. The template JPG file was moved into PowerPoint, and set as the background choice for the slides. Within the master layout we then standardized fonts, colors, logos and page layout, and saved as a .pot (Template) file. By applying the .pot template file to 22 presentations, each presentation quickly and easily conformed to a standard look and feel that helped convey a message of unity and consistency through the convention.


The uninspired white background with small text makes this slide difficult to read.

The titles of the images have been moved to the top and we have increased the size of both the body text and the headline. We changed the font to make it more readable for a large audience.
This modern-day photograph compares the water flow of the Everglades against the historic flow. But this comparison does not clearly illustrate the historical context.
We moved the historic flow to the left side of the slide and created a new illustration to show the current flow. The addition of the red arrows places the audience’s attention on the point of the comparison – that changes in water flow are affecting the Everglades.

This five-element flowchart displays poorly onscreen. All the audience can make out is the slide’s title and five red blobs with lots of unreadable text.

The details of the process flow was left for a handout. To help convey the process, we changed the orientation of this chart to flow from left to right, leaving the presenter to fill in the necessary details. The green color matches the template and supports the environmental theme of the presentation.

The final step was to work with all the presenters over the three days leading up to the conference, to tweak and edit their presentations in rehearsal. Through thoughtful planning, file management and communication, this large job quickly became a seamless presentation experience for the audience and it supported the overall goals of the conference. The Everglades is staying clean thanks in part to the clear communications and great visuals from The Presentation Team!

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  • "We engaged The Presentation Team to do a Presentation training for our team and he did a great job. He spent time understanding our requirements and the skill level of our team members and created a course which met our expectations and goals. I highly recommend The Presentation Team as a Presentation (PowerPoint) trainer."

    Navdeep Sidhu
    Senior Director, Software AG

  • "Kevin Lerner provided best-in-class services when hired to work on promotional materials for the launch of a key product at Motorola. The expertise and quality that he brought to the project were second to none and as a result, he delivered a top-notch presentation that was quickly adopted throughout the organization. Kevin is great to work with, delivers on time, is a great team player and is always willing to go the extra mile."

    Maria Cardoso

  • "Kevin has been a working with Cox Communications to deliver world-class PowerPoint presentation visuals since 2009. His ability to meet our specific needs, timeframe, and budgets has been exceptional. His professional interaction with our team reflects his deep expertise in the industry, superior presentation design skills, and commitment to superior service."

    Jonathan Freeland
    VP, Video Marketing at Cox Communications

  • "Kevin is an enthusiastic, creative, and passionate presentation guru. Our company was impressed and felt the value of his training in 2013 that he was invited again recently to again share his knowledge. Both times he has been energetic and addressed many areas for presentation development. From planning to follow-up Kevin is personable and easygoing, motivating our teams to take their presentations to the next level."

    Yoshimi Kawashima
    Project Coordinator, Nissin International

  • "Kevin helped me immensely improve my presentation slides development, from tips & tricks to aesthetics, all with the intent of getting the message across crisply and creatively. I've already received praise for decks that incorporate the skills obtained from his training. I highly recommend Kevin's services."

    Era Prakash
    General Electric

  • "Kevin helped me immensely improve my presentation slides development, from "The PowerPresentations seminar opened my eyes to all the limitless possibilities in presenting."

    Leah Gordillo
    Saint Francis Medical Center

  • "Kevin helped me immensely improve my presentation slides development, from "[Kevin and The Presentation Team have] always delivered 110% in terms of meeting our objectives for finished product and budget"

    Paul Price
    Watsco Corp.

  • "I had more people come up to me after I spoke, commenting on the visuals you created, than I did on the subject matter!"

    Andy Smith
    Smith & Robb Advertising

  • "As a Fortune 1000 company, we sought to produce a classy, yet conservative presentation for our shareholders. It was evident that you and your team listened to our thoughts as you developed the presentation..."

    Will Flower
    Republic Services

  • "Your expertise in the filed of PowerPoint and general presentation techniques helped elevate us to the level necessary to beat the competition."

    Mike Geary
    James Pirtle Construction

  • "Kevin brought a high level of creativity, enthusiasm, and deep multmedia experience to our team. He worked dillegently with the team to produce an outstanding proposal which we subsequently won.

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