PowerPoint Design For Business Presentations: In-Class Edition

About the course

*Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Mastering presentation content, structure and storyboarding concepts are vital to delivering effective presentations – but at some point, you’ll need to design the slides and put it all together. And whilst many know the basics of PowerPoint, so few of us have learned its full capabilities to create stunning and meaningful slides that make people go “how did you do that?!”.

Given the scale and diversity for the use of PowerPoint, it’s amazing how this tool is used in all types of roles and industries. From consulting data visualisation and business content, strategic diagrams and infographics, 3D modelling, to interactive eBooks and so on… Now in the virtual world, slides should be more visual, to-the-point and embrace both motion and multimedia.

In an all-new version of this best-selling course, we’ll train you to create highly engaging slides with rich business content. We’ll look at production and productivity best practices; whilst learning advanced functions to compose stunning visuals to compliment your compelling insights. Whether it for In-Office, Virtual or even Webinar slides – this course will enable employees, non-designers and individuals to up their game.

In-house courses will be based on the corporate template and brand style of the client. The course will provide 200+ free samples made up library elements designed specifically for the clients, before and after and other concepts suited for the client.

Who is this course for?

Anyone in business who does a presentation or uses PowerPoint to aid in their work.

This is an Intermediate-Advanced Level course. Participants must have a good working knowledge of the MS PowerPoint environment.

Course content

Day 1

PowerPoint Design Introduction

A brief glimpse into the world of PowerPoint given the the way we deliver presentations has changed. With glimpses at best practices, productivity and a host of other resources to aid participants putting together slides decks.

Image Design

Everyone inserts an picture into PowerPoint – but many simply make it smaller, and put it to the bottom right of the side! As business presentations become more visual, applying visuals more quickly, and more engagingly has become paramount. Participants will learn a range of effects, editing, photomotion, image composition and more.  Getting familiar with the functions enables participants to create thrilling new visuals, or keep them within the context of their organisations brand ethos.

2D Shape Design

The staple of most presentations is the employment of shapes and colours to create diagrams, concepts, icons, and illustrations. Participants will learn how to use the Merge Shape functionality to draw classic business diagrams such as the Iceberg diagrams, Gears, Radials, Progressive, Infinity loops and more…

Build Icons (and animate them!), or compose illustrations for infographics or go on to build more complex objects and 3D models – because once you learn shapes – you can practice designing anything!

3D Design

3D models are a stunning feature to include when showing concepts to clients and management by incorporating them into presentations – but many simply don’t know how to use them. 3D models can be used for IT diagrams, technical drawing, simplified urban design models or engineering visuals.

Participants will understand the concepts to produce more complex models such as layering, distance from ground and the different types of 3D views.


Day 2

Document Design: Templates, Layouts, Notes and Interactive.PDF

Many presentations often look thrown together without baring much resemblance to the organisations they represent. Whilst most companies already have a corporate template, many do not employ layouts to speed up their work and standardise the design based on established brand guidelines. Participants will learn to build templates, layouts and common information slides to make their work more productive. This includes providing alternatives to just printing slides as reports; instead, building proper notes pages and interactive menu-based pdf documents.

Participants will come to learn the basic building blocks of a 1:Many or a 1:1 document and which design would be best employed to maximise the value to the audience; and the way in which that audience would view this information.


Content Design: Using the DRESS-UP Method, Assertion-Evidence Model, & DataViz

No one wants to sit through mountains of text – even more so if you’re presenting it virtually with audiences reading from a small screen! Escaping from bullet-point heavy sentences and the need to put everything on the slide is common issue that is part poor design, poor storyboarding and forgetting that it’s a presentation – not a report. Therefore, learn key methodologies for writing content using the DRESS-UP Method, the Assertion-Evidence model to help produce clear, precise messages accompanied by good supporting analysis.

Beyond this, participants will be provided guidelines to understanding basic DataViz and charts. Get a brief glimpse into the importance of selecting the right chart-type for the right data type. With examples of common chart and graphing issues.

Animation & Motion Design

Animation is exclusive to PowerPoint – so why not use it? Or have you heard that its just distracting and so remove it? Animation is a tool, that when applied with purpose can be greatly effective at demonstrating processes, ideas and concepts.

Use animation techniques that serve a purpose to the message  – and not as a distraction. Participants will learn to design animated icons and motion illustrations. Create flows, signals, streams and other common motions found in professional motion graphic visuals. Learn how to rig objects and characters to create your own motion infographic scenes, and more…

+PLUS: Access to additional Online Video Content

Exclusive to those attend in-class, participants will be given access to our Impress Training platform where they can practice beyond the 2-day duration of the course with some additional video exercises.

You’ll also receive all the new samples, materials and resources for this course, including: sample templates, icons, before and after slides and more.


Please read carefully...

This course will be running and taught based on the PC Windows software and not Mac versions. (All Laptops and materials will be provided)

*Important disclaimer for participants attending the 365 version:
Participants are encouraged to inquire which version they have at work to realise which features may, or may not, be present on their work-based application.

Look at the FILE tab and search for ACCOUNT. It will either highlight ‘PRODUCT ACTIVATED’ or ‘SUBSCRIPTION’. Product Activated applications are typically a one-time purchase license and will not carry the same updated features as the Subscription versions. Companies may vary in polices of software purchase depending on the suitability of products. Subscription versions tend to be continually updated

As an example of one the features not available in the Product Activated version is the Morph Transition. Impress Training will be using the 365 Subscription version for training purposes.

Mark James Normand

Mark James Normand

Mark co- founded Impress Training in 2007 with the vision to raise the quality of training programmes that focused on tomorrow’s business needs and raising productivity with existing skills. As a boutique training company, Impress training has the flexibility to constantly take advantage of new office technologies, innovative service models, and sourcing for game-changing talent. Impress Training has since evolved into a training company with a reputation for delivering high quality training content with practical…

The course has been extremely useful in building my understanding for Power BI. Will be handy for my day-to-day work.
Tan Kok Joo, Director
Mind-blowing professional training course that helped my team with techniques to structure/plan a good presentations before diving into it.
Valerie Lee, Head, Corporate Development
This training broaden my view on what value I can contribute to my company and the goals I need to set. Thank you.
Vony AgustianaKhristanti, Purchasing Officer
A great course that is well-structured and relevant to my work. Definitely opened my eyes to new and better ways of analysis data!
Crystal Lee, Marketing Manager
Relevant and insightful and know-how for engaging audience effectively. I like the pace of the course coupled with plenty of hands-on exercises
Daniel Ch’ng, Project Director
Great 2 days lesson to learn how to fully manipulate Powerpoint and see the application in a different light.
Melvin Kwong, Account Manager