Date and TimeTue, Jun 01, 2021 at 9AM Pacific / 12PM Eastern
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If you are a golfer, your favorite word is “mulligan.” That’s when you hit a dreadful shot, usually into a forest or a lake, and you drop a second ball at your feet and essentially proclaim, “that one didn’t count.” You then hit again and go on your merry way, a happier camper for it.
In PowerPoint parlance, our mulligan is the makeover – that fantastic and fantastical opportunity to press Pause and create an alternate reality. That horrible slide with eight long-winded bullets and a postage-stamp photo? No, you didn’t mean to do that. It doesn’t count. You get a do-over. Mulligan!
Makeovers are the most popular of all seminars offered at the Presentation Summit, the annual conference for the industry. But what exactly is a makeover? Is it just the prettying up of a bad slide? In fact, there are many forms of PowerPoint mulligans, and they all might be on display during this hour:
Message: Well-intended content creators often lose sight of the story they mean to tell.
Structure: If the foundation of your presentation is flawed (like trying to crate slides that serve both as visuals and as handouts), you will be swimming upstream the whole time.
Slide design: The classic case of “who created this sludge and how can we fix it?”
PowerPoint technique: Most users of the software are undertrained and rarely go below the surface of PowerPoint’s feature set. That can have a profound effect on how they build their slides and deliver their presentations.
Delivery: A well-designed presentation both relies on and encourages presenters to be at the top of their games.
If you have slides that need a mulligan, send them to Rick – he might make them over during this hour. That would be a $1,500 design session that you would get for free. Upload slides here.
About Rick Altman
Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 16th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community.
Away from the conference, he regularly leads private presentation skills development workshops within organizations and is working on the fourth edition of the popular and provocatively-titled Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck, and how you can make them better.
Altman came to presentations through publishing and graphic design. He claims to have invented desktop publishing back in 1982 and can show a galley sheet of type that was produced by connecting his Osborne 1 computer to a typesetter across town with a 300-baud modem (that cost $800). An avid sportsman, he was not a good enough tennis player to make it onto the professional tour. All the rest of this has been his Plan B…