Presentation Guild Webinar on PowerPoint Zoom

One of the coolest new PowerPoint feature is “Zoom,” and The Presentation Guild hosted a webinar diving into Zoom with PowerPoint project manager, Derek Johnson.

Watch the replay above and start playing around with it! I certainly have.

Categories: PowerPoint.

Introducing The Presentation Guild



Presentation professionals can be a lonely sort. It’s not just that we’re often glued to our monitors late at night or holed up at the back of a dark ballroom, but that more often than not, our work engagements don’t involve other presentation professionals. We’re in a niche industry, and the fact is that we just don’t get out much and meet others who do what we do and share and gain knowledge like we should.

Enter The Presentation Guild, a non-profit trade organization created by some of the sharpest people in the world of presentation. Similar to AIGA (for graphic designers), The Guild aims to advocate for, support and benefit its members and the entire presentation industry.

AIGA and similar organization were not built overnight and right now, The Presentation Guild is in a soft launch phase, accepting members, but also working out some kinks and developing support and resources. The Guild will officially launch in October at the Presentation Summit in Las Vegas. You’re all going to the Presentation Summit in Las Vegas, right…?

Guild Benefits

Much of what The Guild currently offers and will offer in the future will be for members only, but there will be selected things available to the general public such as a recent webinar with Microsoft on the brand new “Zoom” feature that was a big success.

Currently, there is a message board where members can reach out for technical, business and other help. There will be events, both live and virtual. Regular webinars with Guild members and guests will be held, and yours truly is the moderator of “Inspired by Design,” a monthly 20-minute webinar with presentation design master, Julie Terberg. There will be job boards, portfolio pages, contests and all sorts of other networking and professional development resources.

And, member or not, you can sign up for their newsletter which will keep you updated not just on the world of presentation, but also on Guild developments.

The Guild is also running a survey to find out a bit more about who we all are. It will take only 5 minutes, and if you do fill it out, you’ll get a copy of the results when ready.

Why Join?

I didn’t sell The Guild enough above? Now’s the time to get in on the ground floor. Join today, or at least sign up for the newsletter and like the Facebook page.

Categories: PowerPoint.

Camera Photographing Traveling Digital Tablet Map Concept

RawPixel is a new free stock imagery site on the scene. True to name, it’s a little raw at the moment with no search, limited selection and an unexplained hint at “premium” images that presumably will turn the site into a freemium model similar to DeathToTheStockPhoto. Like a lot of new small sites, the curation leans more to a hipsterish vibe (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) and a simplified user agreement basically letting you do what you want with the content short of reselling or otherwise exploiting it.

Take a look!


And stay tuned for an upcoming Presentation Podcast all about stock imagery. You’re all listening to and rating the Presentation Podcast on iTunes, right…?

Categories: Imagery.

Spicy Presentations

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At least among designers, PowerPoint has a reputation as “not a professional program” in the way that Adobe software is. And while it’s true that Photoshop is a far more powerful image editing program than PowerPoint is, it is not true that PowerPoint can’t do some things just as well as PowerPoint. On a daily basis, I often edit imagery using PowerPoint’s built-in tools because it’s quicker, simpler and also non-destructive.

But the other day I heard a speaker make the case for using PowerPoint for video effects because “users shouldn’t have to buy and learn AfterEffects” if they’re not a professional video editor. And users also shouldn’t have to pay a professional video editor when they can get a usable result on their own using PowerPoint.

That speaker was P-Spice, someone I’ve known for a while and whose YouTube channel of “Spicy” PowerPoint tips, tricks and hacks has racked up almost 3 million views.

In tutorial after tutorial, P-Spice shows how PowerPoint can be used for business and for fun to create incredible animation and video effects—most of which I didn’t even know were possible.

If you’re into animation, or just want to check out some fun things you, check it out here!

Below is one of my favorite tutorials. For years when clients asked if PowerPoint could create a spinning globe effect, I always said, “no.” Well…guess I was wrong!


Categories: Animation, PowerPoint, Video.

Consumer Reports and Y-Axis Shenanigans

There are many data visualization sins, but the one that makes my blood boil is manipulating the Y-axis. Fox News is the master at this, so often just deleting the Y-axis entirely to invent the data story that syncs with the network’s political narratives.

While Fox News generally is creating a story that isn’t there, usually when I see Y-axis shenanigans, it is to exaggerate a legitimate story. And generally, the story is a good one to begin with that doesn’t need exaggeration.

I was not been a big fan of the Consumer Reports redesign from a graphic design perspective, but it has slowly gotten a bit better. But the really need a stronger editor (and backbone) when it comes to data visualization. Your data tells a good story to begin with—there is no need to visually lie to your readers, as they did recently with these charts showing secondary market ticket prices. Because the length of the bars indicate value, distorting them is essentially telling an untruth to your audiences. (No, $22.58 is not one quarter as much as $36…)


Just being visually truthful doesn’t make your story less impactful. And if it does, then you need to get a better story! This would be a far more truthful design:



Or, since it is a trend, I would probably suggest a line chart:


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