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You’d like to improve your presentations, but you don’t have time to take a two or three day course. You use PowerPoint but have no formal training on the software. You’d like some practical tips so you can be a more effective presenter.


 
Course Outline
You are busy like every professional is. You’d like to improve your presentations, but you don’t have time to take a two or three day course. You have to use PowerPoint in your presentations, but no one has given you formal training on the software, you’ve just figured it out on your own. You’d like some practical tips you can use to be a more effective presenter.

This is the seminar for you  - in just three hours and less than a hundred dollars you will be able to make a significant impact in the presentations you create and deliver. My name is Dave Paradi and I am one of North America’s acknowledged experts in this area. And I am coming to a city near you with a concentrated learning session that will improve your presentations immediately.

If you aren’t familiar with me, my book, The Visual Slide Revolution, was named as one of the Top 10 Business Books of 2008 by Canada’s leading national business newspaper. I have presented keynotes at two PowerPoint Live conferences, I have spoken all over North America and I consulted on a presentation used to brief one of President Obama’s cabinet ministers. You won’t be hearing from a techie who has never walked in your shoes. I make my living presenting, so you know I’ve tested these ideas in my own presentations and they will work.

The session runs from 9:00 am to noon, so you are out of the office or off the road for only a half-day. There won’t be piles of work waiting for you when you get back like there would be if you attended a multi-day course. But how much can we really cover in three hours? Plenty! In fact, I’ll cover 25 specific ideas that you can use right away. How many multi-day courses are packed with that much useable information?

And if you register by the early bird deadline, you’ll also have the opportunity to be included in the section of the session showing actual slide makeovers. Only those who register early will be able to send me a sample presentation for a free makeover of one of their slides. In the session I’ll show the “before” and “after” slides so we can all see how the ideas apply to what you have to do back at the office. This is like getting free consulting! But it is only for those who register by the early bird date. So don’t miss out on this opportunity.


I’ll be covering ideas for both creating and delivering PowerPoint presentations, so it doesn’t matter if you are primarily involved in only one of those two activities. If you usually just create slides, you’ll better see how what you create impacts the delivery of the slides. If you primarily just deliver slides, you’ll see what is possible and you can help your colleagues create slides that will make your delivery more effective. By seeing both perspectives, you will be able to better work with others on your team who are involved in creating and delivering presentations. You’ll be more valuable with a more strategic perspective.

Here’s a sample of a few of the ideas that we’ll cover:
  • What multi-presenter presentations can learn from the Olympic torch relay
  • Why asking “How many slides should I have?” is the wrong question
  • How to make sure your color and font choices enable your audience to clearly see everything on your slides
  • How to reduce the size of your PowerPoint file so you can e-mail it without blowing up the e-mail server (IT people will appreciate this one!)
  • What you can do to make screen captures readable from the back of the room
  • Involve your audience by capturing their input during the presentation and create documents or calculations that are tailored just to them
  • Why you should stop using a laser pointer
  • How you can draw on the slide to emphasize a point
  • Five slides that will give executives a project update in half the time
  • The US government has a large inventory of amazing photos that you can use for free, I’ll show you where to find them
Concerned that we’ll be focusing on high-design big stage presentations that aren’t the type you have to do day in and day out? Don’t worry. The focus of my ideas is on helping regular presenters like yourself who deal with the important business messages of every day. These tips will help presenters who deal with sales, operations, HR, technical, marketing, financial and project presentations - and just about every other type of presentations that business professionals normally deliver. These are practical ideas that have helped many presenters just like you. They are proven in the field, not some theory or wild unproven ideas.

You’ll receive a handout that has a summary of every tip we’ll be covering. That way, you don’t have to spend energy copying down everything I say. You’ll have space on the handout to take note of how you see these ideas applying to the presentations you are working on. By the time the clock strikes noon, you’ll have an action plan to take back to the office with specific ways that you are going to improve your next presentation.

I build in time during the morning for your questions and discussion. You’ll have a chance to ask me how an idea could apply in your specific situation. Or ask me how to go about implementing an idea in the environment you work in. You will leave knowing how to apply what you’ve heard to the specific type of presentations you create and deliver.

Here’s what some recent attendees in my corporate sessions said:

“I’ll never look at my PowerPoint screen the same again. Ideas will allow me to produce a far more convincing, interesting and worthwhile presentation.”
Program Management Training Co-ordinator, Equipment Manufacturing Co. “I am now able to create more effective PowerPoint presentations that will better engage my audience.”
Actuarial Analyst, Actuarial Consulting firm “Without a doubt, this session will allow me to dramatically improve any future presentation with a focus on meeting audience expectations.”
Staff member, Municipal government “I can more effectively determine the key points I want to make in my presentation and create PowerPoint slides that more clearly make my points both visually and in text. This was excellent! Many actionable ideas. Clearly demonstrated how to take existing slides and significantly improve.”
Marketing consultant

If you are wondering whether these ideas will apply in the version of PowerPoint you use, have no concerns.  Everything you see me do and each example is done in plain vanilla PowerPoint 2003.  The ideas apply no matter what version of PowerPoint you are using.  And I don’t use any add-ins or plug-ins.  That’s important because if you see me do something, you know that it isn’t because I have some fancy software plug-in that you need to buy or can’t install.  Whatever I show you, you can do in your own presentations.  

I don’t use any Photoshop or graphics packages to create the visuals you see.  You don’t need to learn graphic design or struggle with some fancy software in order to create the graphs, diagrams and other visuals I’ll demonstrate.  I only use PowerPoint as it comes out of the box since that’s probably all you’ll have time to use in your busy schedule.  Now that means I won’t be showing you mind-blowing graphics and fancy video segments.  But if you wanted that, you’d probably go attend a multi-week graphic artist course.  I’ll be showing you practical ways to get more from the software you already use.

This is not a technical training class, so you don’t need to bring a laptop and we’ll be in a regular meeting room, not a computer training class.  You don’t have to pass a technical test to attend and as long as you are familiar with PowerPoint, you’ll get valuable ideas you can use.  And as I said before, no matter what version of PowerPoint you use, the ideas can be applied to your own presentations.

When I decided on the locations for the sessions, I picked hotels that are outside the downtown core of the city so you don’t have to fight traffic to get there in the morning.  The locations are usually very easy to access from a major highway, meaning if you are travelling from out of town, you won’t have trouble finding the hotel.  Another benefit of the locations I’ve selected is that almost all have free parking, meaning one less expense for you.


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Could have used some more breaks. Other than that she was an excellent trainer and was very helpful on helping us with our Sharepoint developement. The trainer conducted the training in our office so that section should be N/A
Reviewed by 2016
Donna's knowledge on MS project is amazing! She was very very helpful.
Reviewed by 2016
The facility and start time were our fault (terrible, but I can't put that as it should not reflect on the vendor!) - incredibly, they offered to host us for the second course. The instructor (contract employee for GK) was hilarious, incredibly knowledgeable and quickly showed tips and tricks that were previously unknown to the students. It did not fit the original request, but was completely valuable. There were no handouts, but we didn't need them for what we were doing.
Reviewed by 2016
Training Provider has a great personality with a vast knowledge and experience and could be recommended to any business seeking ways of staff development.
Reviewed by 2016
This course was fabulous - and the instructor was both professional and interesting, she presented really well!
Reviewed by 2015
The trainer was fabulous. I quite enjoyed my time with her thank you so much!
Reviewed by 2015
Just wondering about accessibility for the building-is there an elevator?
Reviewed by 2015
Excellent course. Instructor able to tailor content to my requirements which made it more relevant. Good pace and content. Instructor had deep knowledge of the subject and provided me with several different tools to use in my job.
Reviewed by 2014
Enjoyed this class a lot - Jennifer was very approachable and gave excellent, practical examples that helped bring the lessons to life.
Reviewed by 2014
I am so suprised i was the only one student so there's a lot of opportunity to learn because the instructor is concentrated on you.
Reviewed by 2014
excellent Trainer - extremely knowledgeable.
Reviewed by 2014
My big issue was the location. Not a nice part of the Danforth. Also need hand soap in ladies washroom (was only dish soap).
Reviewed by 2014
The general course content were great and the Instrauctr Inam made understanding it easy
Reviewed by 2014
The course maybe could have more hands on training exercises. For example maybe watch a meeting in progress and have the participants take minutes of the video. As a group they would discuss that content would be included in the minutes.
Reviewed by 2014
It was just the instructor and I and that was awesome as we could be as specific as I wanted to me for my needs.
Reviewed by 2014
I found it extreamly helful. Thx
Reviewed by 2014
Facility marks are N/A (not applicable): Training was at our site, and that was VERY convinient.
Reviewed by 2014
Facility marks are not relevant since the training was done at the site of Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Reviewed by 2014
Facility is clean but room is cold that is why I scored it low.
Reviewed by 2014
The course was perfect for my needs. I will definately make use of the information I learned. I appreciated the courteous and very helpful communications I had prior to the course as well.
Reviewed by 2013
Overall the course is useful however the course outline needs to be more structured in my opinion. The instructor should also be a little bit more knowledgeable in regards to specifics about MS Project as there is a very high level of experience with the software expected of them.
Reviewed by 2013
Keep it up !
Reviewed by 2012
It was GREAT ! Gordon is a good presenter with a lot of experience and knowledge.
Reviewed by 2012
We would have liked if the course covered Outlook as well as the other Office programs. In our first 2 online classes, there were problems with the audio and the teacher would sometimes cut out, or fast forward, and she could barely hear us at all so all quesitons had to be typed in the chat.
Reviewed by 2011
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