Guided self-study course to create more effective PowerPoint presentations

Effective presentations are becoming more important for career success. A survey of incoming MBA students at MIT’s Sloan School of Management reported that two-thirds of the respondents said they presented on a daily or weekly basis. Well known entrepreneur Richard Branson said that “Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.” A Harvard Business Review article reporting on a survey of senior consultants at a top executive search firm reported that “Communication and presentation” was one of the top skills companies look for when recruiting executives.

The ability to create effective presentations is a key skill for your future. This skill is not taught in school at any level. We are just expected to learn it somehow. But we run into challenges such as:

  • Not having an approach we can follow to plan our message, leading us to just grab slides from previous presentations and hope we can organize them into a coherent message before we have to present
  • Not knowing what visuals to use because we are subject matter experts, not designers
  • Taking too long to create a visual in PowerPoint while thinking there must be an easier way than all the manual effort it usually takes

If you identify with these challenges, I can help. My name is Dave Paradi and I teach corporate professionals to use PowerPoint to visually communicate the messages in their data so they don’t overwhelm and confuse executives. I have written nine books on the topic and am one of sixteen people in North America recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional award for my contributions to the community. I conduct customized in-house workshops for organizations all over North America. I can help you create more effective presentations too.

I have created this self-study course so you can have access to the same high quality information that I share with my corporate clients. You can go at your own pace as you have the time. I give you access to all of the content as soon as you register so that you can jump to what you need to learn if you have an upcoming deadline.

The course covers how to:

  • Plan your presentation
  • Address the biggest issue in presentations today, information overload
  • How to design effective slides and select the right visual for each message (without having to learn anything about design)
  • How to create the visuals quickly in PowerPoint using the tips and techniques the professionals use

The course is divided into modules and lessons so you can track your progress or jump to what you need to learn right now. You can see the whole course below and read the course overview. In each module I include:

  • Downloadable copies of my books or other resources
  • Suggested reading from the book/resource for each topic
  • Links to additional resources online for each topic
  • Bonus videos of me presenting that topic in a live session

This course is the closest you can come to being live in the room with me at a customized session for one of my clients. I’ve kept the investment very low at $199 so that more people can afford to improve their presentations and advance in their career. You’d pay 4-5 times that to attend one of the rare public workshops I deliver for associations. And you’d have to spend money to travel to the site, hotel, etc.

Register today and start on the path to creating and delivering more effective presentations in your current role and in the many more senior roles you will be promoted to.

Class Curriculum

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  Module 6: Preparing to Deliver the Presentation
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Your Instructor

Dave Paradi
Dave Paradi

Dave Paradi of has been recognized by the media and his clients as a presentation expert. He has authored nine books on effective PowerPoint presentations. Dave is one of only sixteen people in North America to be recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint presentation community. His ideas have appeared in publications around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.