A Halloween Costume for this PowerPoint Deck

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Halloween PowerPoint

Last week, someone asked what the scariest Halloween costume I could think of could be. I thought for a few moments, smiled, then said: a corporate PowerPoint template!

PowerPoint templates are so much scarier than Freddy or Jason or a demogorgon.

How so?

Because corporate PowerPoint templates aren’t the things of imagination and Hollywood magic. No sir. Corporate PowerPoint templates are very real.   Continue reading

Want a More Dynamic PowerPoint Deck? Try a Family Feud-style Animation.

NOTE: The original post included a Slideshare presentation that was embedded, but did not function. That has been replaced by a series of screen shots that detail each step of this process. I apologize for any confusion the non-functioning Slideshare presentation may have caused.

Sometimes when we present, we don’t want to reveal all of our information on a slide in the same order every single time. Sometimes it’s more beneficial to the presentation (and just more fun) if the audience chooses what’s revealed next on our slides.

If you’ve ever wanted to present your information in a way that’s just a little different, Continue reading

The Best Things in Life Are Free

Price and quality are not always directly proportional. Don’t worry, this is not going to be a basic economics lesson, but we are going to talk about finances. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money on software to put out great training. With all of the software options out there, it can be difficult to pick the right one without spending hours testing and reviewing. At Endurance Learning, we use a lot of software to create our training. Let’s talk about a few of the fantastic free or low-price tools we find useful throughout the life-cycle of our training. Continue reading

Getting Started with Photoshop Hacks

Adobe Photoshop is a massive program with a lot of great tools and features. Learning the full capacity of Photoshop takes a great deal of time, which can be intimidating. Many of us who are unfamiliar with Photoshop turn to PowerPoint for graphic design, which is a great choice, albeit not as powerful.

The internet is full of instructions to make Photoshop more accessible to causal users. That, too, can be overwhelming unless you know exactly what you are looking for. I have had the opportunity to work with many talented graphic artists who have helped me distill the information I need to get the power I want out of Photoshop when I am designing training. Let’s take a look at a few of the tips and hacks I have picked up over the years.   Continue reading

A Word Cloud from 147 L&D Professionals’ 6-word Memoirs

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Above: This blog post as a word cloud

Last week I was having coffee with TD magazine editor Alex Moore and I was telling him about the 6-word memoir post I had published in February. He suggested it might be fun to see what everyone’s 6-word memoirs might look in a more visual format, like a word cloud.

I loved that idea!

The post itself featured 6-word memoirs from 25 L&D professionals and there were a dozen or so comments with additional memoirs. I also posted this particular blog in the ATD LinkedIn discussion forum where more than 100 other L&D professionals added their own brief memoirs.

Here’s the word cloud (I created it in the shape of an apple since we’re all teachers in one way, shape or form):   Continue reading

One tip to change the outlook of your PowerPoint slides

At the beginning of the month, I wrote a post about some small tweaks to a slide deck that could lead to a much better visual presentation. One reader, Dan Jones, posted this comment:

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I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I actually suggested this particular tip within my organization recently after attending a monthly stats meeting. The more I look around, the more I see this particular engagement strategy being used… except it doesn’t seem to be used very frequently in the world of presentations or learning and development.   Continue reading