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Life’s Elements of Success: A Presentation of Inspiration

 

Transforming a motivational speaker’s basic PowerPoint presentation into a dynamic masterpiece…quickly and economically.

Joe MayneJoe Mayne is a professional speaker and author from Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than 15 years, he’s been teaching college students from hundreds of campuses across North America how to stand out in the job search process.. His seminar “High Five: Life’s Basics Elements of Success,” is a dynamic and informative program with compelling content. But the graphical design of the presentation was not as bold as Joe himself. So Joe turned to The Presentation Team in December 2009 to transform his PowerPoint presentation from Weak to Wow. The “Enhanced Presentation Package”, provided an efficient and economical approach to transform Joe’s 40-page basic PowerPoint into a powerful presentation that matched the professionalism of his delivery.

Because Joe frequently speaks to large groups at conventions, conferences and meetings, the visual design needed to be bold, graphical, and easy-to-be-read from the back of the room. Our design strategy focused on creating a look-and-feel that reflected Joe’s professionalism and his “Mayne Speaker” company brand and identity, while involving elements of students, careers, a light-hearted approach to the traditional challenge of getting a job. The 6 hour project involved…

  1. Development of a custom professional template (title and body masters), that reflects Joe’s professionalism and his company brand, while integrating his existing content.
  2. Re-working the overall look-and-feel of the presentation (bluu and white colors, Tahoma fonts, clean layout) for a more polished look.
  3. Clean and professional imagery/graphics (portfolio, schematics, people, concept art, etc.).
  4. Clutter-reducing techniques and presentation strategies to create a “cleaner” look with greater effectiveness.
  5. Clean and conservative slide transition effects (fades and wipe effect).
  6. Professional fonts/typography to ensure consistent playback on different computer systems.
  7. Consulting and collaboration to help Joe to refine and present new ideas.

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Joe’s original title slide was clean but dull. The flat grey background and ordinary Arial font was uninspiring. The presentation’s title was placed lower at the screen than Joe’s name. A lack of graphics undermined the title’s slide’s impact on getting the audience excited about the forthcoming presentation. A textured blue background image for the title and body master helped add a level of movement and modernism to the presentation. The top banner provided a foundation of the presentation’s message of people and success. The “High Five” title was moved to the center of the page, and accented with two stock photos conveying two core concepts of Joe’s message “time and direction.” The Myriad Pro font added a new typographical element of modernism and hipness.
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Joe’s slide about relationships was straightforward but flat. The bullet points ran together and provided a basic textual overview about the top. By adding a transparent PNG graphic of two couples, the slide more effectively communicated the topic of relationships to the slide more visually appealing…and memorable.
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A quote about spirituality stood alone on the page. Clean and straightforward, the right justified message was basic and plain. By adding a stock photo of two outstretched hands, the mesage of Spirituality suddenly took on a new life and greater meaning. Studies show that people remember a slide with graphics nearly 20% more than one without graphics.
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Another basic and flat slide…effectively communicating a key message, but lacking a graphic to drive-home the point. By integrating a stock photo of a diverse group of happy business people, the message of keeping employees rewarded, the audience can connect and more effectively relate to the slide, the message, and to the presenter!

Logo-JoeMayneAfter just three days and three rounds of edits, the presentation was success! Joe speaks frequently at conventions, colleges, and conventions. His style, delivery, eloquence- and now his great-looking PowerPoint slides help to captivate his audiences…while inspiring his audiences to get hired!

* Joe Mayne is a Presentation Team keynote partner.

Presentation Time Management

How to create a great presentation in under four hours

Time-saving 6-Step process helps create great looking PowerPoint presentations fast and easy

Presentation Time ManagementMost people dread presentation design. Tell someone they need to create a PowerPoint show and present it and you’ll likely hear a sad list of excuses…

“I don’t know where to begin!”

“It takes too long!”

“I don’t know how to make it look good!”

Creating presentations need not be viewed as a time-consuming chore! After years of creating professional presentations for myself and for clients, I’ve developed a time-saving 6-Step Process to create a great looking and full-featured PowerPoint presentation, without frustration — in under four hours. Here’s how…

Segment one (0:00 – 0:15 = 15 Minutes)
Define presentation objectives

The key to fast and easy presentation development is to start with a clear definition of the goals/objectives of the presentation. Take 15 minutes to clearly answer these questions which will help direct the focus of the presentation:

  • What is the primary objective of the presentation and how will it be used?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is their level of understanding of the material to be presented?
  • How many people (on average) will be watching this presentation?
  • What tone do I wish to set (i.e. look and feel) with this presentation? (high tech, conservative, fun, etc.)
  • Once you have answered these questions, you should have a clearer picture of the goals and scope of the presentation, which should help drive its overall look, font size, and content.
  • Segment two (0:15 – 1:00 = 45 Minutes)
    Outline and visualize

    Now it’s time to really focus on your message. Start by writing a basic outline of the points and subpoints you want to cover in your presentation. Craft your outline on paper, whiteboard or word processor — whatever works best for you. You can even use PowerPoint’s outline feature. Start with a blank presentation and enter your bullets and titles on each page.

    One word of caution, resist the temptation to play with PowerPoint! It’s a fun program, but tinkering with the graphics and options can eat up valuable time. As you write out your outline, keep the points succinct so they can serve as the titles for each page.

    While writing the outline, visualize yourself presenting. Don’t be afraid to speak extemporaneously, as if you were presenting the presentation. Without any notes, role play as if you were addressing the audience, ad-libbing your presentation as best as you can.

    “Welcome ladies and gentlemen. I’m [name] and today we’re talking about [topic]. Before I leave here today, you’ll have a better understanding of [presentation objectives]. The three points I’m covering today are…[Points 1,2,3]….”

    It may seem silly, but you will surprised at how your thoughts will flow effortlessly and your main points will come together. Indeed, our subconscious minds are often more skilled than we know, and can be of great help in drafting presentations. Try it!

    Work through this process until you have refined your message and the main supporting points of your content.

    Segment three (1:00 – 1:45 = 45 Minutes)
    Develop look, feel, template and title/body master

    Now we’re ready really get into PowerPoint. Creating the graphical look of the presentation can be a time-consuming activity. But by limiting this front-end design to 40 minutes, you can quickly set up the shell for the presentation to allow for more efficient development.

    Choosing an effective template is the most critical step of creating a good looking presentation. To speed development, choose a title/body master from an existing template or perhaps your company has a background template already. You can use PowerPoint’s built-in templates if you’re in a pinch, but in my opinion, PowerPoint’s built-in templates are often overused and too generic.

    Once you have chosen your design, modify your stock template as needed in Photoshop or another digital imaging program. Then import it directly into PowerPoint as your Master Page. Simply open the Master’s page view (View > Master > Slide Master) and then Insert > Background > Fill Effects > Picture.

    With the background in place, it’s time to establish the master color scheme (Format > Slide Design > Color Scheme), as well as your choice of fonts, typesizes, bullets, body layout, line spacing and more.

    If you developed the outline with text in the body and title master blocks, they will automatically assume the look and feel of the new template, and your presentation will suddenly look polished and professional, putting you on the fast-track to completion.

    Segment four (1:45 – 3:15 = 90 Minutes)
    Time budgeting and text/graphics development

    The bulk of presentation development, of course, is gathering up graphics and placing text. But before you dive into the meat of the presentation, take a quick moment to estimate the number of pages you plan to have. Once you have a total, divide that number by 90 minutes to get a rough average of the amount of time you should spend on each page.

    For example, I present at a moderate pace of 1 to 2 slides per minute, so a 20 minute presentation would have 20 to 40 slides. Time-wise, that calculates to an average of 30 slides divided by 90 minutes, which equals an average of three minutes of development time per slide for the text and graphics. Now that may seem fast, but by pacing yourself at this rate for development, you’ll find the presentation comes together much more quickly. Some people actually work better under a deadline, and setting the average time per slide (or overall timeframe) may actually make it easier to develop material.

    For the text, go through the slides and elaborate upon the outline that’s been written. Collaboration often speeds the process; get a colleague or a small group together to throw out ideas to help add bulk & bullets to your message.

    For efficient graphic selection, it’s helpful to use the clip-art library built into PowerPoint especially when it’s linked to the Internet (Insert picture > Clipart). Alternately, there are numerous other services for good graphics. Try collections from Digital Vision or Photodisc or again The Presenter’s Toolkit or Ultimate Combo.

    Don’t get too stuck on any single graphic or thought process. If you’re having trouble, move on to the next page and return back to that trouble spot. The trick is to keep the pace moving, and refine trouble spots later. I often go through the presentation in various iterations, making a few more enhancements each pass. The empty spots will ultimately fill themselves in. Just keep going!

    Segment five (3:15 – 3:30 = 15 Minutes)
    Slide transitions and animations

    Spend a quick 15 minutes to assign transitions to all the slides. This is easier than you think, as the transitions between slides should be consistent throughout the presentation. The animations on the master-page bullets should also be consistent. A simple wipe effect is a good no-nonsense effect.

    Segment six (3:30 – 4:00= 30 Minutes)
    Final edits and revisions

    The last 30 minutes of this accelerated presentation design is focused on final edits and revisions. Run through the entire presentation in slideshow mode to ensure the transitions/animations work effectively, and identify any areas that still need refinement. Then, go back and make any necessary edits.

    Pay careful attention to the amount of text on screen. If any page is too crowded, split it onto a secondary page, for example “Topic: Part 1” and “Topic: Part 2.”

    Ensure the graphics are consistent and relevant to the textual material on screen. Use the guides/grids to keep the graphics from jumping around. Make several more passes, and keep tweaking until you’re satisfied. Remember to saving versions of your presentation to prevent any catastrophic data loss or to allow you to revert to something that was deleted. I like to save every 30 minutes using titles like “Filename-v1.ppt,” “Filename-v2.ppt.,” etc.

    By sticking to a focused process and defined timeframe, your presentation will be developed more efficiently and effectively than by an ad-hoc approach. It’s a simple but workable strategy: plan…prepare…present!

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    Financial Risk and Reward: PowerPoint Visuals that Make a Point

     

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    The story of how Trevor Franklin of TD Waterhouse created a focused but impactful presentation to support his 20-minute “Building Trust in Financial Services” keynote speech for a local business group.

    To help communicate the risks and rewards of investing in today’s uncertain financial market, Trevor Franklin of TD Waterhouse turned to The Presentation Team to create a focused but impactful presentation to support his 20-minute “Building Trust in Financial Services” keynote speech for a local business group.

    Our mission: enhance his short PowerPoint with a limited budget and short time-frame. Our “Speedy Presentation Package”, was the perfect solution: a quick and easy approach to transform a basic PowerPoint into a get-noticed masterpiece.

    Trevor was speaking to over 30 executives and potential clients at a local business seminar. The visual design needed to be bold, graphical, and easy-to-be-read from the back of the convention room. Our design strategy focused on creating a look-and-feel that reflected Trevor’s professionalism and TD’s brand and identity, while involving graphical elements of finance, and customer service. The 2 hour project involved…

    1. Integration of a stock template (title and body masters), that reflects Trevor’s professionalism and TD Waterhouse’s company brand, while integrating his existing content.
    2. Re-working the overall look-and-feel of the presentation (colors, fonts, layout) for a more polished look.
    3. Clean and professional imagery/graphics
    4. Clutter-reducing techniques and presentation strategies to create a “cleaner” look with greater effectiveness.
    5. Clean and conservative slide transition effects (fades and wipe effect).
    6. Professional fonts/typography to ensure consistent playback on different computer systems.
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    Before:
    The original slide featured a flat white paper template. The graphical elements were weak, complicated, and busy. The title was integrated into the body of the page
    After:
    A clean and modern template helped add dimension and flow to the presentation. New bolder and more prominent graphics for the Japanese symbols for Crisis were implemented using Photoshop to add shadow and outlines. The title was moved to the upper left of the page.
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    Before:
    Prior to our makeover, Trevor spent over 15 minutes on this single text-heavy slide, which focused on Five Explicit Needs of Risk and Reward.
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    The Five Explicit Needs of Risk and Reward were presented in an overview list, and then each topic was presented in depth, one-by-one (below).
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    Rather than taking 2 minutes each for each of the Risk and Reward bullet points (as Trevor did in his original presentation), we created a separate slide for each of the give points. Now, the presentation graphics moved at a faster pace, and the audience had graphics to remember each of the key messages more effectively.

    A quick fix and perfect presentation! After just two days and three rounds of edits, the presentation was success! Trevor presented to his business audience to applause and praise, and has generated several new business leads…in part thanks to a smooth delivery and great graphics from The Presentation Team!

     

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    Alive and Affluent: Dynamic PowerPoint for MonaVie Showcases Health Beverage


    The secrets to transforming a boring and basic PowerPoint for Mona Vie into a high-impact presentation…showcasing the power drink’s business potential.

    PowerPoint-Before-and-After-SamplesEST-Logo-100wMonaVie is helping people to be healthy…and wealthy.  This refreshing beverage integrates the Brazilian açai berry and 18 other body-beneficial fruits from around the world to support a healthy lifestyle.  But it’s a much more than just a beverage in a bottle…it’s a money-making enterprise!  In April 2009, Michael Murano of Executive Success Team first turned to The Presentation team to transform their boring and basic PowerPoint inta high-impact presentation to showcase the Mona-Vie’s beverages and business.

    The presentation’s objectives were twofold: both educational/informational, as well as sales/marketing. It was created to be delivered in person, or online via webinar or webcast. The deliverables included:

    • Consultation and collaborative development/editing of core presentation content (key messages, bullet points, diagrams, etc.)
    • Development of a custom professional template (title and body masters), to reflect the presentation’s content and/or MonaVie and EST’s brand.
    • Establishment of a “presentation palette” defining the colors, fonts, and layout…to make the presentation more memorable.
    • Clutter-reducing techniques and presentation strategies to create a clean look with maximum effectiveness.
    • Clean and professional slide transition effects (fades and wipes).
    • Professional fonts/typography to ensure consistent playback on different operating systems.

    The presentation was designed with a clean and contemporary design style integrating positive/motivational imagery featuring diversity, while reflecting a professional positive image.  Graphics were created to integrate transparencies, motion, and shadows.  The Project was contracted as a 40-hour endeavor, with work divided into 4-phases:

    Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4
    • Template Design
    • Graphic Look & Feel
    • Text Structure / Outline
    • Projector/Display Testing
    • Interviews and Research
    • Content Development / Writing
    • Photo Acquisition
    • Iterative edits
    • Transitions and Animations
    • Final Edits/Refinement
    • Coaching/Rehearsal
    • Testing and Sign-off 

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    Light, Bright Modern Widescreen Template sets the stage for a “fresh” presentation

    The widescreen 16×9 template was designed to be clean, light and open, featuring a grey textured background to provide dimension and flow. The green fonts and graphical accents complemented EST’s brand and their website and helped create a consistent look and feel.

    One of the early slides (for the live audience presentation version) showcased a friendly message to remind people to shut off their ringer…for a focused and un-interrupted seminar. The graphic featured a clipped PNG Graphic of a cell phone. In Photoshop, we added the “Silence” Message. We selected Optima LT as the primary font. It conveys a clean and professional look, while maintaining a unique and relaxed appearance.

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    Show it! Antioxidants explained through Food Pyramid Image

    To help convey the fundamentals of antioxidants (and its eventual tie-in to MonaVie), The Presentation Team integrated a transparent PNG graphic of the “Food Pyramid” with a short message about the increased need for fruits and vegetables in our diets.

     

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    Ditch the template!  Full Screen sends a bold message.

    To convey the concept of openness, freshness, and good clean living, we integrated a full-screen graphic of a happy healthy family.  Bullet points were minimized in text and offset to the left of the graphic.  To maintain consistency and unity throughout the presentation, we kept the bottom green arc and logo in place together with the Optima font.

     

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    The Need…and the Solution.

    After creating the “burning platform” of the importance of antioxidants in our lives, the “right product” of MonaVie makes a grand and colorful appearance as a transparent PNG graphic off-set to the right of the text.  Key words appear in bold Optima font.

     
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    There’s still value to Vector Clip-Art

    Many designers have opted to integrate the more realistic and dimensional “stock photograph” for the two-dimensional and illustrative “clip-art.”  But there is a value for clip art, especially when dealing with diversity.  An illustrated group of people can help convey diversity without divisiveness.  In this presentation slide for EST, the clip-art people add a generic human element to support the “Am I Ready” business message…without pigeonholing the viewer into connecting with a specific person on screen.  It’s generic yet inviting, creating an image that everyone can relate to.

    After 2 weeks of collaborative development, a winning presentation finally emerged. Michael Murano of Executive Success Team now has a winning presentation…and his MonaVie associates/downline are helping America to live healthy…while making money!

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      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.”

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    • “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.”

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