Presentation Slide Makeovers: Transform boring PowerPoint slides into persuasive visuals

By Dave Paradi

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These slide makeover videos show presenters who use PowerPoint or Keynote how to transform overloaded text slides into persuasive visuals that effectively sell ideas, products and services to decision-makers. The videos apply the five-step KWICK method from the book "The Visual Slide Revolution" to create slides that encourage the presenter to have a conversation instead of reading bullet paragraphs to the audience. A new video is posted every second Tuesday and can be accessed through the iTunes Music Store
In this podcast
Oct. 4, 2011
Presenters often struggle with how to make large numbers easy for the audience to understand. This makeover shows how using a four step process can create a visual that makes it easy for the audience to grasp the importance and magnitude of a large number.
April 5, 2011
A pie chart is better than a data table to show proportions in data. This makeover takes it the next step to show how a proportional diagram can be more effective than a pie chart in some situations.
March 10, 2011
Too often presenters overwhelm audiences with details using a spreadsheet copied on to a slide. This makeover shows how you can reveal details in levels so the audience can follow your message easier.
Feb. 23, 2011
A table is a good way to organize information into rows and columns. Unfortunately, the default appearance and behaviour of tables in PowerPoint does not make them as effective as they could be. This makeover shows a default table improved so the message can be communicated more effectively.
Feb. 8, 2011
In the recent State of the Union address, President Obama used some visuals in the enhanced broadcast on the web. One of those visuals was a proportional diagram. This makeover shows how you can use a proportional diagram effectively on a slide.
Jan. 25, 2011
It is a good idea to use calculations to back up or prove the points you are making. This makeover shows how a slide overloaded with text explanations of the calculations can become more effective.
Jan. 11, 2011
Using an image as the background for your slide might seem like a way to increase the visual appeal of your slides, but it can actually distract the audience from your message. This makeover takes a slide used by NY Gov Cuomo and shows how the message could stand out more without an image background.
Dec. 21, 2010
We are being told to use more visuals on our slides and it is a better approach than walls of text. But if you are tempted to use a full-screen photo just because it looks cool, consider the advice from this makeover that shows how a simple visual can communicate more effectively in some cases.
Dec. 7, 2010
SmartArt is supposed to make creating visuals easy, but too often presenters use it without considering whether the pre-made diagram is effectively communicating their message. This makeover shows an example of how a SmartArt diagram can be replaced with a more effective simple visual.
Nov. 23, 2010
If you want your audience to understand a comparison of two or more values, you must make it easy for them to see the difference without having to do calculations in their head. This makeover shows how to use a common denominator to make the comparison easy to understand.
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