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  • Blog Post: Rehearse or Die! (Step 4 of MPN Rehearse (and Refine) your Presentation)

    We've spent the last few weeks going over Step 3 of the Modern Presentation Method: Build and Refine. Now it's time to move on to the second to last step, Step 4: Rehearse (and Refine). At the end of Step 3: Build and Refine, the goal was to have a presentation that meets your minimum quality bar...
  • Blog Post: New Super Green Template - Download it!

    All right, it's Template Thursday. Today's Super_Green_Template is great for Pitching or Teaching and has a nice green color scheme. Steal this and use it for your next presentation. Let me introduce you to one of the slide layouts in this template. It's called the TrendWall. Trend Wall A TrendWall...
  • Blog Post: Super White Template Has Arrived!!

    Here you go!
  • Blog Post: Need to Review a PowerPoint Presentation? Then Build a Storyboard Using This Template!!

    For three years here at Microsoft, one of my duties was to oversee all keynotes at our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). For example, in 2010, I oversaw 42 different keynotes involving almost a 500 member virtual team that spanned Microsoft and dozens of partner companies. The Worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Decision Briefing Infographic - Don't Be A Tool!

    Anyone who has ever been in the US Army knows and dreads decision briefings. The briefer gets up in front of the Old Man. He then proceeds to take the attendees of the briefing through a long, tortuous presentation, replete with slides containing lots of data that no one can read as he karaoke's his...
  • Blog Post: Steal This Super Blue Template!

    It has been a crazy week! I spent most of it at the Microsoft - US Army Symposium talking about how the Modern Presentation Method can help the Army save time and drive better presentation outcomes. They loved it! More to come on that in future weeks. For today, I wanted to offer up another...
  • Blog Post: White Template Almost Done!

    Working on the next template - All White - Will be available tomorrow! DK
  • Blog Post: A Template Tantrum - What Makes a Great PowerPoint Template?

    Templates, Templates, Templates! Some love them, some hate 'em. I have an individual message for each group. A Message to the Template Haters Dear <insert Template Hater Name>, I think you have it all wrong when it comes to using PowerPoint Templates! They can be useful, if used...
  • Blog Post: Charts and Graphs

    Today's post will be a quick one. These are for all of those people who are creating Pitch or Teaching presentations for onscreen or want a sharp on paper Organizing presentation. Many times when you want to include a chart of a graph you can't find one that looks clean enough in the standard chart templates...
  • Blog Post: A Company Training Meeting Template

    No one in the Army like training meetings. I know that I hated them. Someone gets up and presents a stunningly long deck of slides that eventually numbs the audience into resigned acceptance. In fact, yesterday I was talking with a hard charging 11B E7 who has been selected for E8 and he was describing...
  • Blog Post: Converting an Old Deck to a Gold Deck - An Example

    This post is for all of you out there who downloaded yesterday's template. I used the template to convert a PowerPoint Deck that I found on the web from its original look to one that conforms to the Modern Presentation Method. The deck in question was one I found online at a US Army website and it is...
  • Blog Post: Stopping the Never Ending Story - For Sellers and Marketers

    Today's blog post is for all of you out there who use presentations to sell or market to an end customer. These are Pitch Presentations . Now, one of the most annoying problems in presenting today is something called the Never Ending Story. This presentation is too long and generally has a confusing...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Your Organization to the Modern Presentation Method

    Change is hard! Especially within an organization. People are afraid to move from what is familiar, even if it is sub-optimal, to something that is unfamiliar. People have been emailing me lately asking how they should introduce the Modern Presentation Method into their organizations. My answer is simple...
  • Blog Post: Slide Karaoke - Stop The Madness

    Slide Karaoke is problem #1 with most presentations today. Slide Karaoke is when a presenter puts up a slide with a bunch of text with bullets on it and then proceeds to read each bullet to the audience. Here's the problem with Slide Karaoke other than the fact that presenter insults the audience...
  • Blog Post: PSST - Hey You - Steal This PowerPoint Scorecard Infographic Template!

    Just a quick post today as the last couple have been looooong. Here is a little template for you all to use. It is actually a Slide Starter. Just take the file and replace all the placeholders. It is for a scorecard for a project that has 5 key strategies with 50 groups reporting out on those strategies...
  • Blog Post: A Super Template - Steal This And Use It!

    I have put together an template based on the tenets of the Modern Presentation Method that you can use to quickly create a beautiful and compelling presentation. There are 8 basic layouts in this template. In each case, the presenter can use the templates to quickly build out your PowerPoint deck. Today...