Effective Presentation Design

Psst! Here are the supporting resources.

70% of employed Americans who present say it’s critical to their success at work

The other 30% don’t know it is yet.1

Close your eyes for a second. Actually, don’t do that. You won’t be able to read the next set of instructions.

What does good design look like? What words and phrases would you use to describe it? Make a small list somewhere (even in your head). Go ahead, I’ll wait here.

Do you have a small list? Good! Now could the words and phrases on your list be used to describe at least 75% of the presentations you’ve seen in the past year? No? What about 50%? Yikes. Maybe 25%? This is the point where some people put their hand out flat and tilt it side to side while making an “Ehhhh” face. Like this:

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That’s not good.

Now think back to the presentations you’ve given in the past year. Would you use those words to describe your own work? Here’s the thing:

Bad presentations get in the way of good messages and great people.

If your answer is ‘No’, it’s probably because you’ve seen (or given) presentations with PowerPoint slides crammed full of text, distorted, blurry, or cartoony images, and ideas that seem to wander about without ever coming together. It doesn’t have to be this way!

You know what’s interesting? You probably had no trouble coming up with words and phrases to describe good design. You already know what good design looks like, but it’s something you rarely see (or feel you’re able to do). I want to help you understand why that is, and teach you ways to improve your presentation design skills over time.

Rather than a technical ‘Click here, click there’ walkthrough of PowerPoint, or a discussion on how to properly wiggle your left arm to convey confident body language, I focus on teaching you how to think about design as you create the presentation itself.

In my effective presentation design training session you’ll learn an easy, effective method for designing the content of presentations to make it engaging for your audience. You’ll also learn research-supported strategies for using multimedia to communicate ideas with an audience; strategies that actually engage and sustain an audience’s attention, and help make your messages stick.

There is no miracle cure. If you want to get better at presentation design you’ll have to put in effort over time. But I’ll help give you a big head start and a roadmap to improve, including one simple strategy you can implement in your next presentation that will instantly make it better.

Are you ready to do this? Let’s talk.