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We'll begin by showing you how and why you should begin every presentation with an outline. The outline then becomes the framework of the presentation itself. Then we cover how to create and apply Microsoft Themes to get the precise look and feel that represents your organization's identity. You'll see how to take your current company presentation template and turn it into a theme that can be repurposed throughout Microsoft Office. You will finally understand how to leverage the Slide Master to create multiple slide layouts that are consistent from presentation to presentation. With a firm grasp of Slide Masters, the days of tweaking individual slides for formatting will finally be over.

From there, we discuss how to enhance and add content to get your ideas across as optimally as possible, why bullet points aren't always the best idea, and how to apply animation purposefully. Finally, we look at how to deal with specific types of content like photos, charts, and diagrams.


PowerPoint is the tool business professionals use most often. But, most people are not using it optimally, the way it was intended. So, the average presentation can take an hour upon frustrating hours to put together. As an international speaker and trainer, presentation media is my stock in trade. 

With over 60 presentations to do a year, I want to work the most efficiently I can. Whether you do 6 or 60, so do you! Your time and talent are valuable! So, why would you waste any of it fighting the application to get across your ideas effectively? Not only will the methods shown to you in this program potentially cut the time it takes to craft an impactful presentation by more than half, but it will also reduce the frustration to almost nothing!


  • Two methods of creating an outline for a presentation
  • How to repurpose your outline to layout your presentation in a few clicks?
  • What themes are and how to create them?
  • Why the Slide Master is your best friend when it comes to formatting?
  • How to add/change logos and another branding for an entire presentation quickly?
  • SmartArt: What to use instead of bullet points to convey your message
  • How to incorporate data from Microsoft Excel into your slide presentation?
  • Using sections for large decks to make reusing them simple

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Melissa Esquibel specializes in transforming those confused by technology into empowered users of their software tools. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with more than 30 years in business application technology, Melissa has a unique ability to make learning programs enjoyable AND valuable. Melissa's 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.

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