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Whether you're pitching an idea to the boss or delivering a speech at a conference, an engaging presentation will help you reach your audience and emphasize your message. Join lynda.com staff author Justin Seeley as he explains what goes into a great slideshow—one that aids, not detracts from, the story you want to tell—and shows you how to create your own. Learn to develop themes from selected colors, images, and fonts and start adding content. Then showcase your data with charts and graphs, add animation and transitions, and control focal points, or areas you want to draw your audience's attention to. The lessons in this course work with a variety of presentation software, including PowerPoint and Keynote.
(MUSIC). Hi there, my name is Justin Seeley and I'm a staff author here at lynda.com. I'd like to welcome you to this course on designing presentations. You know, whether you're pitching your big idea to a group of VCs or delivering a keynote speech at a conference or just showcasing annual sales numbers at your company retreat, having a good presentation is essential. In this course, I'm going to walk you through my process for creating effective and engaging presentations using a variety of different techniques, tools and methodologies.
First off, we'll talk about what makes up a great presentation and I'll show you some examples to that effect. From there, we'll work on developing themes for your presentations. Where you'll learn how to select the right colors, images, and fonts for your presentations. Once we've got our theme nailed down, we'll start putting it all together, focusing on presentation typography. How to showcase data properly and how to effectively control what I call focal points. Hopefully by the end of this course you'll be well versed in the art of presentation building and ready to deliver your next project with confidence and style.
All right, enough talking. If you're ready, let's begin our look at designing presentations.
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