PowerPoint MVP, Sandra Johnson helps presenters PowerPoint. Responsibly. Sandra has owned her presentation design business, Presentation Wiz, Inc., since 2001. As a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise, she works with individuals and corporations across the globe to ensure that they PowerPoint. Responsibly. Sandy strives each day to challenge her clients’ preconceived notions about what they think PowerPoint can and cannot do for them. Doing so, elevates their materials and presentations, essentially transforming their personal or corporate brand to a level never before achieved.
In this conversation, Sandra discusses her session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.
Geetesh: Sandy, you are doing a session this year at the Presentation Summit called Click Here, Go There: Navigate your slides like a website. Can you tell us more about this session, and what takeaways can the audience expect?
Sandra: This session is about creating interactive presentations. What does that mean?
Well, a well-designed website allows users to easily find the most relevant information when needed, creating a customized experience for each visitor. The same goes for a PowerPoint presentation that leverages Custom Shows and Action Settings, allowing presenters to deliver content on demand, depending on their varying audiences’ needs.
My session will cover the following steps to creating an interactive presentation:
- Organize your slides and content to prepare for building an interactive presentation
- Use Tool Tips to guide users through navigation
- Create hyperlinks using PowerPoint Action Settings to access on-demand/hidden content
- Build Custom Shows to store on demand/hidden content
I started using this technique to encourage my clients to put less content on their slides. I found that they felt more comfortable knowing they could access additional content – with a click of a button – if they needed it.
Geetesh: You’ve been part of the Presentation Summit before — can you share your thoughts about how new attendees and repeat visitors can benefit even more from this event?
Sandra: I originally participated in the Presentation Summit as an attendee. I tell the story of how the information I received in the first 10 minutes of a presentation given by Kathy Jacobs, a PowerPoint MVP at the time, paid for my entire investment in the conference. Because you’re among the best and brightest in the presentation industry, you’ll have access to key insights into presentation design, building and delivering – whether you’re a first-time or repeat attendee.
What is the Presentation Summit?
For many years now, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.
Date: September 27 to 30, 2015
Location: Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, USA