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Microsoft PowerPoint

Learn how to create effective, professional presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for Business

Learn how to plan and design effective Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow presentations, including practical tips and examples for mapping the presentation, incorporating research, using templates, selecting visual elements, and delivering the results.

As technology continues to change the way that we engage in business communications, the art of presenting has also undergone a shift. No longer can presenters rely solely on their spoken words to deliver their messages. Now, audiences expect to see multimedia slideshows that both inform and entertain. This course will consider how to plan and design effective slideshow presentations using Microsoft's PowerPoint software. It includes practical tips and examples for mapping the presentation, incorporating research, using templates, selecting visual elements, and delivering the presentation.

This self-paced course grants 3 PDUs for successful completion. Students have 90 days from the day they are granted access to complete this course.

Please note: Access to this course will be granted as soon as possible but may take up to 1 business day

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Define effective communication
  • Describe the qualities of a well-designed slideshow presentation
  • Describe the qualities of a well-designed slideshow presentation
  • Identify common problems when using PowerPoint to design slideshows
  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective PowerPoint slides
  • Discuss the importance of having a clear purpose or goal for your presentation
  • Explain the four components of goal-oriented communication
  • Consider the importance of understanding your audience
  • Conduct audience analysis
  • Map your presentation using the "Forecast, Present, Echo" structure
  • Incorporate research into your presentation
  • Assess websites for reliability and credibility
  • Use slideshow templates effectively
  • Select images that are professional and well-designed
  • Choose visually appealing colors and fonts
  • Consider how design trends can be applied to slideshows
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of speaking anxiety
  • Describe methods for managing speaking anxiety, including relaxation strategies
  • Design a PowerPoint presentation that features recommended design principles

Visual PowerPoint

Learn the importance of effectively selecting/arranging images and photographs for PowerPoint slides, as well as the use of tools like Shapes and SmartArt, methods for presenting data, and proper color/font selection to help increase content readability.

In today's professional landscape, PowerPoint presentations can be effective platforms for sharing information and garnering audience interest and support. At the same time, a poorly designed PowerPoint slideshow can quickly turn an audience away. By focusing on how to apply basic design principles to slideshow creation, this course will help learners use Microsoft's PowerPoint 365 software to build visually engaging slideshow presentations. Learners will consider how to select images and photographs for use in slides, the importance of arrangement and placement of images, the use of tools like Shapes and SmartArt, methods for presenting data, and the selection of colors and fonts that increase the readability of content.

Students have 90 days from the day they are granted access to complete this course.

Please note: Access to this course will be granted as soon as possible but may take up to 1 business day

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Define basic design principles, such as readability, color, consistency, contrast, arrangement, and information display
  • Explain how font choice and color can affect slideshow readability
  • Design slides that effectively implement the principles of consistency and contrast
  • Place images throughout a presentation while adhering to the principles of proximity, alignment, repetition, space, and the "big picture"
  • Select appealing and appropriate images to use in a slideshow
  • Use photographs in a slideshow as an attention grabber and storytelling device
  • Utilize the Shapes and SmartArt tools to communicate concepts visually
  • Present data clearly and effectively
  • Consider how design trends can be applied to slideshow presentation