Taylor Croonquist is a co-founder of Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, a website delivering actionable PowerPoint training and speed strategies, helping busy professionals make it to Happy Hour. Prior to Nuts & Bolts, Taylor lived and worked in China for 10 years in finance and consulting. When he’s not busy crafting PowerPoint training, you can find him traveling and scuba diving.
In this conversation, Taylor talks about his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.
Geetesh: Taylor, you have three engagements this year at the Presentation Summit: Hidden Office Features, Secrets of the Hyper Productive, and Cut Out the Boring Sh*t. Can you provide the most important reasons why attendees should make their way to these sessions?
Taylor: Yes, all my sessions revolve around the theme of getting you to Happy Hour.
That is, using PowerPoint in unique ways to complete tasks AFASP (As Fast As Humanly Possible), so you can focus your time and energy on higher priority tasks.
A common theme I’ve discovered teaching advanced PowerPoint over the past few years is this: “you simply don’t know what you don’t know until someone comes along and shows it to you.” After that is common sense.
As there is no way to Google search for these kinds of things that you don’t know, that’s why I’ve selected these specific topics to expand your PowerPoint horizon. In my sessions, you will explore:
Hidden Office Features: How to use under-the-radar commands and features that unlock time-saving opportunities for you. For example, using SmartArt backwards to crop all your photos and/or your text into visual layouts in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take you.
And while that sounds odd, it’s a simple and effective way to blast through those time-intensive and frustrating tasks that we all face every day in PowerPoint.
Secrets of the Hyper Productivity: How to stack up everyday features and commands into chain reactions of productivity. Using bland, everyday features to make magic happen.
For example, if you understand the difference between how shapes rotate as groups versus individual objects, you can quickly double the number of layouts you can build by simply turning your layouts inside out. Which is pretty cool!
I’ve found that the biggest time-savings tricks in PowerPoint typically involve just stacking up everyday features like this into what I call Shortcut Stacks. All you need to know is the correct order to stack things up in to get the results. In this session, you’ll learn a good handful of them.
Cut Out the Boring Sh*t: 40% or more of your time in PowerPoint is spent formatting and aligning objects over-and-over-and-over-and-over again. In this session, you’ll learn how to cut out most of these tasks, not only saving you hours and hours of slide-work, but also improving the overall professionalism of your slides.
The cool thing is these tricks work in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel too. So, if you use all 3 programs in your work day, this is a triple dipper session.
Geetesh: What is it that pulls you back to the Presentation Summit each year?
Taylor: It’s always fun to see everyone at the summit and see what’s new in the presentation space.
I’m also always secretly on the lookout for the next set of break-through PowerPoint tricks too, and the Presentation Summit is a great place to learn some new ones.
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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 24 to 27, 2017
Location: The Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, United States
Twitter Hashtag: Presum17