Video: How Product Managers Can Get Better At Creating Powerpoint Slides

by drjim on August 20, 2011

 

Dr. Jim Anderson shows how product managers can create PowerPoint slides that look good and clearly communicate product information.

Dr. Anderson reveals the secret to creating PowerPoint slides that can really connect with your audience. You don’t have to be a graphic artist or even be a technical master of PowerPoint. Dr. Anderson has all the information that you’ll need to start making great PowerPoint presentations.

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h August 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

Jim,

I’ve read your posts in the past, and they usually have some useful content. This video though, says absolutely nothing, other than to go to http://www.slideshare.com and get ideas, then to use your consulting company. I’m sure even the most novice of product managers woudl not find that useful. At least not 4 and 1/2 minutes worth. I normally don’t waste more time to write comments / reviews like this, but I figured maybe I could save someone else the energy. Were you just testing out video and had to produce something?

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Dr. Jim Anderson August 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

H: Ok, so clearly this was not the video for you! I hear what you are saying, but I think that you’ve missed the point (or I didn’t clearly communicate it). We all have some level of skill when it comes to pulling together a PowerPoint presentation. The question is, how could you get better at doing this? Read a book? Take a class? Make friends with a graphic designer? All of those are possibilities, but who has the time? My point, perhaps poorly presented, was that if you find a presentation that you like the looks of, take the time to sit down and try to create the very same presentation all by yourself. Simply by going through this exercise you will discover things about how PowerPoint works and how shapes / colors go together. This is exactly what I did back in the day and it really boosted the quality of the decks that I was able to create. If nobody in your office creates PowerPoint decks that are worth copying, then check out SlideShare. No, this is not a “magic solution”, but if you want to kick your PowerPoint game up a notch give it a try — it’s free, and the results can be pretty impressive. Oh, and I’ll try to do a better job in my next video…!

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