Maurizio La Cava is a digital entrepreneur, marketer, blogger, public speaker, presentation design guru and Founder at MLC-Design. He is also author of Lean Presentation Design, top rated freelancer at Upwork.com, an official member of the Talent Private Cloud at Upwork.com and Elance.com, and Professor at European Institute of Design in Milan. His favourite quote is “Time is free but it’s priceless”.
In this conversation, Maurizio talks about his MLC add-in for PowerPoint.
Geetesh: Maurizio, can you tell us more about your MLC add-in for PowerPoint. What motivated you to create the MLC add-in?
Maurizio: After several years working in presentation design with hundreds of presentations under your belt, you begin noticing commonalities in your client’s needs. The main thing I noticed is that people often waste a huge amount of time crafting their presentations and finally they come up with poor results. In my experience this happens because:
- They do not have basic knowledge about presentation design techniques and they do not learn them because they think those techniques are for designers only.
- They are extremely slow in PowerPoint because they have never optimized their most common actions.
In order to solve these two main problems I decided to:
- Write a book about Lean Presentation Design filling it with handful tips and tricks easy to use for non-designer PowerPointers (recommended for managers, freelancers, marketers, startuppers, salesmen)
- Develop a new MLC PowerPoint add-in that includes custom functionalities that boost your productivity in the day by day presentation work.
The MLC PowerPoint add-in, in its very first version three years ago was born to improve my own productivity and it only had three basic functions. I kept mapping my actions on PowerPoint during the years and, analyzing the results backward. In the process, I’ve found stunning insights!
I noticed that there are a few tasks (roughly 20%) that account for the 80% of the time you waste making slides. Some of those tasks could be easily solved learning shortcuts in PowerPoint. Some others required specific new functions that PowerPoint does not offer. And that’s where the MLC PowerPoint add-in helps with its top notch functionalities that will boost anyone’s “PowerPointing” efficiency.
Geetesh: Can you share some feedback, trivia or a story about how people are using the MLC add-in?
Maurizio: Here are some quotes from users of the MLC add-in for PowerPoint:
I’m a presentation designer and I spend 10-12 hours daily working on PowerPoint. I’ve just found the MLC add-in and it makes my life much easier! The MLC add-in includes all my often-used functions so that I do not have to click many steps to get what I need but I can just use the MLC add-in to complete it in one click.
As you know that one part of PowerPoint work is to align the elements to get them into the right and nice position and I love that the MLC add-in includes all necessary functions for object alignment. They also include a function to swap objects and make objects the same size. These would take some time to complete without this add-in.
In summary, I love it and I think all PowerPoint users should not miss this add-in.
Senior Presentation Designer
Just the day after I have downloaded and installed the add-in, I have intensively used it.
The feature of switching the positions of two shapes has saved my day! Really a very nice feature, thank you for that. Also the features Same Height and Same Width have been proven as extremely helpful.