Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books. She also holds webinars on presenting skills on a regular basis.
In this interview, Ellen talks about her PowerPoint 2013 Essentials video course.
Geetesh: Ellen, can you tell us about the PowerPoint 2013 video tutorial series you created for Wiley?
Ellen: A couple of years ago, Wiley commissioned me to create a video course on PowerPoint. I came up with the idea that it should be a tutorial, so that each lesson contains some general principles, but by the end of the course, the user has created a complete presentation. In this way, people learn by doing, not just listening. There are 10 lessons (now called Episodes).
Geetesh: What type of PowerPoint user is this series geared towards?
Ellen: PowerPoint 2013 Essentials is geared towards someone who is a beginning or intermediate user and who wants to learn how to create a presentations that avoids Death by PowerPoint. The course covers all of the basic features of PowerPoint, including SmartArt, images, charts, shapes, tables, animation, and multimedia. I also cover editing techniques. The last episode is about how to deliver a presentation clearly and professionally. The idea is to learn the features of PowerPoint and then apply them to actually creating and delivering a presentation that meets the presenter’s goals.