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  • Leveraging PowerPoint for Technical Presentations

    Product id IQW15C8645
Speaker Melissa Esquibel
Level Basic & Intermediate & Advanced
Duration 90 Mins
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  • Why should you attend
  • Areas covered
  • Who will benefit
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We begin the course with what doesn’t work. Fair warning: you may see yourself in these first examples. It’s OK. Once you know why some techniques don’t work for either you or your audience, you’re half way home to creating great presentations. Next, we move to adopting a well-though out process that will lead you to developing high-quality presentations that really keep the audience as the focal point for designing engagement right into the presentation, offering opportunities for them to participate (even passively) in the experience.
Then, we move into PowerPoint. You’ll learn two techniques that can take you from staring at a blank slide template to a completed presentation in no time. We’re talking about minutes NOT hours! You’ll learn why the slide master is so important to the portability and pliability of your presentation slides.We’ll then move to enhancing your content with diagrams, charts, graphs and animation. You’ll learn how to present complex ideas without creating hard to read, jam-packed slides that frustrate your audience. 
We’ll also talk about guidelines for speaker notes, handouts and why these should never be afterthoughts, but rather carefully thought out portions to your presentations.Best of all, you’ll learn how to organize your presentations in such a way that they can be reused and repurposed without starting from scratch!

Why should you attend

When you’re tasked with making a presentation and that presentation will contain technical content, you’re faced with a unique challenge. Knowing why you’re presenting and how best to convey your message will go a long way to dissolving the discomfort of being in front of the room. If your goal is to motivate your audience to do something different about something they barely understand, it may seem like an uphill climb. Unlike presenters that simply must sway a point of view about topics with which the audience is already familiar, you, the technical professional, have two jobs: educate your audience about your subject matter and then convince them why it is important FOR THEM. Knowing how to use a tool like PowerPoint goes beyond where to click, it is about leveraging key features to assemble quality content in an efficient manner with impactful results.

Areas covered

  • Crafting a presentation from an outline, two ways
  • Working with the slide master to avoid endless “tweaking” of slides
  • Enriching presentations with


                      -Picture Graphics


                      -Excel Data


                      -Speaker Notes

  • Working with sections to create master decks and custom versions of your presentations

Who will benefit

  • CIO
  • CTO
  • Data Security Manager
  • Information Security Manager
  • CBCP
  • PMP
  • Project Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Production Analyst
  • Disaster Recovery Specialist
  • Business Continuity Manager
  • Business Risk Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Actuarial Accountant
  • Technology Generalist
  • Technical Analyst


Melissa Esquibel specializes in technology training, empowering users to be effective with their office productivity tools. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with more than 25 years in business application technology, Melissa has a unique ability to make learning programs enjoyable AND valuable.
Her consulting career spans banking, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, and insurance, which allows her to provide real-world examples and applications. She has enabled everyone from rocket scientists to real estate brokers to put the “productive” back in office productivity software. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from Strayer University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Legal Studies.