5 Tips for PowerPoint for Trainers (and a New Course!)

PowerPoint can be incredibly powerful when wielded correctly. Check out our top 5 tips from trainers, by trainers, (plus an all-new course)!

Published on 16 January, 2019

Raise your hand if you’ve used PowerPoint in your life. (Yes, you, at your desk, reading this post. Raise your hand!)

Now raise your hand if you have created a PowerPoint that made other people exclaim, “How did you do that?!”

PowerPoint is a Blessing and a Curse

The curse of PowerPoint is that it is everywhere. Anyone with a computer and an enterprise Microsoft account can and will use it for presentations.

The blessing of PowerPoint is that it is incredibly powerful. When wielded correctly, it can produce career-making presentations. YouTube worthy videos. And even training handouts that stay with your learners.

That’s why we’ve rounded up these top 5 tips for effective PowerPoints. These are tips from trainers, by trainers, so that you can create more engaging learning materials:

Top 5 Tips for More Engaging Training PowerPoints

  1. Use progressive reveals to direct attention
  2. Keep your transitions simple: fade, wipes, or flyouts
  3. Use a “palette” slide to keep track of all your fonts, colors, and shapes
  4. Add hyperlinks between slides to create an interactive menu slide
  5. Use one master file to create your presentation, speaker notes, and handouts in one place

These 5 tricks are only the tip of the iceberg.

For those of you who are ready to create memorable, engaging PowerPoints, we are excited to announce a new e-learning course designed for you!

Now available: PresteraFX’s open e-learning course on PowerPoint for Trainers (sponsored by Mimeo).

What it is:

Gus Prestera, President of PresteraFX and instructional designer extraordinaire, produced this course specifically with trainers in mind. The goal is to empower you to make knock-out PowerPoints that take learning design into consideration.

What’s included in the course:

  1. Tour de PowerPoint: Let’s walk through all of the tabs and ribbons to get the lay of the land.
  2. Getting in the Mode: Get comfortable with PowerPoint’s different viewing modes.
  3. You’ve Got the Look…and Feel: Learn how to establish the slide deck’s look & feel using Themes.
  4. Slide Master of Your Own Destiny: Use the Slide Master to standardize your layouts.
  5. Bring the Sizzle: Insert and embed a variety of audio, graphical, and video media.
  6. Publish or Perish: Use Save As and Print options to publish and distribute your files.

How much does it cost?

At $20, the course is priced to be accessible for any training professional. Use code MIMEOHALF at checkout for 50% off.

How do I sign up?

Sign up here! Choose the free primer course, Telling Your Story, or jump straight into How Does Your Story Work?

Why is Mimeo sponsoring this course?

Over the course of our webinar series, we have hosted a few different sessions focused on PowerPoint skills for trainers. Each time, we hear from our community that you want more, more, more!

However, webinars are not the ideal place to teach PowerPoint skills. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Gus to find the right media for delivering learning on this important topic.

You’ll also learn how Mimeo fits into your PowerPoint workflow. In “Publish or Perish,” we share our tips for distributing your PowerPoint as training handouts, either in Print or Digital. Learn more about PowerPoint and Mimeo here.

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Ready to make knock-out PowerPoints? Sign up now!

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