What is MS PowerPoint? It is the application for presenting data to audiences. Compared to MS Excel, Word and Outlook which can support two, three or four day courses, MS PowerPoint training is usually booked as either a generic 1 Day Introduction or Advanced course.
MS PowerPoint Training- Introduction Course – 1 Day
For this MS Powerpoint training the delegates get ‘up and running’. As MS PowerPoint has a similar look and feel to other MS Office applications, at the Introduction level at least, it is a straightforward application to use.
At the end of the course delegates should be able to:
- Create slides with a variety of content such as images, tables and charts
- Should be able to navigate the interface and be able to create content in the Normal View
- Be able to apply transitions in the Slide Sorter view and present slides in the Slide Show view
- Be able to print out handouts
You might want to think about other topics to include depending on how Powerpoint is used at your organisation:
- Is there a “corporate template”?
- Where are the templates and which templates should be used?
- Should branding be used in a particular way?
- Are there guidelines for formatting, transitions, animation, content and presenting?
MS PowerPoint Training – Advanced Course (1 Day)
The next level “up” is the Advanced Course. The training is usually aimed at delivering a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how MS PowerPoint is meant to be used as well as the advanced utilities.
The course should at least cover the following:
- Understanding how PowerPoint is structured
- How to use and create Slide, Handout and Notes Masters
- How to insert charts from MS Excel as a link or image or embedded object
- Understanding how to compress and minimise image file size
- How to create a presentation from MS Word
- How to insert different objects, screenshots, SmartArt and images
- How to manage Transitions and Animations
- Slide Show trick, tips and options
Any Other Courses?
There is always an issue about getting value for money when a generic course is booked. It is rare where a course is booked because a budget needs to be spent. There is usually a reason for the training – a problem – a role change – a promotion.
Bespoke courses from the customer’s viewpoint should not be difficult to organise. If you or the delegates do not know exactly what they want just call the training company and speak to a trainer. They will be the expert in MS PowerPoint and will be able to get an idea as to want topics should be on the course.
For example, one common issue is templates. How to use them and how to create them. So with that in mind I have detailed a couple of courses that I have delivered to good effect.
How to use the Corporate Template (Half Day?) – when a knockout template has been created, possibly at great expensive, it is a shame when only a select few know how to use it correctly. Typically issues and topics that can be trained on include can be:
- How to locate the template and how to modify the “File location” setting
- How to change the Headers and Footers
- How to use and apply slide layouts
- How to apply themes
- What, if any, transitions and animations to use
- How to import and format charts
- Using Custom Slide Shows
How to create a “Corporate” Template (1 day) – and finally how to create a MS Powerpoint template. This MS PowerPoint training course can be a mixture of the Intermediate/Advanced course but far more focused on template related topics such as:
- Creating Themes using Adobe Kuler to fashion a colour sensitive palette aligning to an organisation’s logo or brand
- Creating Headers and Footers
- Creating Masters, including Slide, Handout and Notes to align with the rest of the template
- Editing the built-in slide layouts and creating new slide layouts with new placeholders
- How to create Charts templates ready to be applied to imported MS Excel Charts
- How to co-ordinate and distribute your Powerpoint template
So I hope that has been a useful overview and that you can navigate your way to finding the right course for you and your delegates.
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